DRMgate 07: BioShock Copyright Protection Keeps 2K Controversy Burning

In a story that has truly swept the nation, 2K Boston and Australia's BioShock release woes continue. The newest complaint stems from the PC version of BioShock, which uses SecuROM copyright protection, preventing users from installing the game more than two consecutive times.

Responding to the concerns, steadfast 2K Games community manager and soon-to-be mental patient Elizabeth Tobey explained the issue in a thread on the 2K Games forum.

"You can uninstall and reinstall this game, and if, by chance, you have 2 computers you want to simultaneously play this game on, you also can do that," she said. "If by some chance you are reinstalling this game without uninstalling it first, a lot, there is a chance you may have to call securom and get a key, or deactivate some older installations."

Unfortunately, reports have been coming in that a simple uninstall does not allow another installation of the game. Those who have contacted 2K Games for support have been directed to SecuROM--those who have contacted SecuROM were told to call 2K Games. Like a tough puzzle in an excellent, genre-advancing PC shooter, gamers have turned to the internet for help.

The tail-chasing spurred 2K Boston's Ken Levine to stop his white Ford Bronco long enough to make a statement: "I've followed up on the circular email with securom and we are working on this issue. I agree, it sucks, and we need to get that sorted," he said in a thread on the 2K Games forums. "I've been told by 2k that we will."

Former president Bill Clinton declined to comment on the contentious issue when contacted by Shacknews. Expect more miscellaneous BioShock news as we think up further iterations of the "gate" naming convention.