Spore, Mass Effect PC to Require Online Validation Every Ten Days to Function

By Nick Breckon, May 06, 2008 1:28pm PDT Update: Electronic Arts has relented to the pressure.

Original story: BioWare technical producer Derek French has said that the PC versions of both Mass Effect and Spore will make use of copy protection that will require online validation every ten days in order for the games to continue working.

"After the first activation, SecuROM requires that [Mass Effect PC] re-check with the server within ten days (in case the CD Key has become public/warez'd and gets banned)," said French in a post on the BioWare forums.

If customers do not come online after ten days, the game will cease to function.

"After 10 days a re-check is required before the game can run," added French. "..An internet connection is not required to install, just to activate the first time, and every 10 days after."

The check is run when users activate the game's executable file, with the first re-check coming within "5 days remaining in the 10 day window."

According to French, Maxis' Spore will also make use of the same scheme: "[Electronic Arts] is ready for us and getting ready for Spore, which will use the same system."

French also noted that the online requirement will be clearly labeled on the games' packaging.

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  • You know, this isn't as big of a deal as people are making it. If you don't like it don't buy the product. Being in the video game industry for 25 years now and seeing piracy steal millions of dollars from the pockets of hard working men and women who produce something they have a strong personal connection to... not unlike an ARTIST.. it's hard to see.

    Entire companies have been shut down for good due to piracy alone.

    If you don't have an internet connection that is always on, sure this is a bummer. Don't blame the company though blame the pirates.

    No one is treating you like a criminal. It sucks that criminals DO make it harder for legitimate people to do the things they want to do but this is a truth in almost all industries.. not just gaming.

    Besides I doubt 99% of the people complaining are truly "innocent" of piracy. They own every single mp3 or movie you have on your computer.. right? Sure they do...

    Finally, when speaking of computer software.. you have never owned the game itself. You own a license to use the software, and the company reserves the right to stop supporting it, to remove features or to add features you don't like. Same with DVDs.. you don't own the movie. You own the disc it comes on and a license to view it. Ownership would entitle you to a host of benefits that you will never recieve from buying a DVD or game software.

    Lighten up about it. Mass Effect is great and I am sure Spore will be incredible.. and for the .0001% of the population of the market they are sold to that don't have Internet connections it will be a sad day when they realize they can't play their games.

    The alternative? Charing 75$ or more for a game to protect their (publisher's) investment. I think I would rather they do something like this.