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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  • Nice way to screw the average joe user gamer since that was what Spore is aimed at. Nextgen sim city/sims is all it is and hardcores don't play those much. I could care less about a console to pc port of Mass Effect but Spore was aiming at a whole new experience.

    Why make it a 10 day check why not every day if your really going to combat "piracy"? And I use the quotes on that since it's a madeup boogieman that every industry can use when sales aren't 100% as if they expect people to run out and consume everything. Just realized as I typed that, media industries and their brownshirt protection rackets are the Uncle Leo's of the world. You know from Seinfeld. The soup has a hair in it? The cook is a anti-semite. Sales down? Roll out a pr puff piece that it's piracy.

    It's amazing as the copy protection has increased the games quality has gone down. Wonder why that is? Ohhhh yeah piracy..... Maybe it's just called capitalism and the companies can't compete without whining?