Spore DRM Controversy Spawns Protest Creatures

Consumers upset over the anti-piracy measures imposed on Maxis' Spore by publisher Electronic Arts are now fighting back using the game's creature creator.

Several DRM-themed, anti-EA creatures were found in the Sporepedia by GameCulture. Many make reference to Spore's use of SecuROM technology, which limits users from installing the game more than three times before having to contact Electronic Arts for further installs. Last week, the Spore product page on Amazon.com was flooded with hundreds of negative reviews of the game, nearly all citing the title's install-limiting DRM.

In response, Electronic Arts downplayed the controversy by stating that fewer than 25 percent of users will ever install the game on more than one machine, with less than 1 percent installing on more than three computers.

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    September 15, 2008 8:20 PM

    So.... piracy is contained to less than 1%?

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      September 15, 2008 9:43 PM


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      September 15, 2008 10:52 PM

      of the total population? Yeah I think they're actually succeeding.

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      September 16, 2008 3:09 AM

      Yep wonder why they even bother spending money to counteract it...

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      September 16, 2008 4:08 AM

      They're saying that of the 450,000+ authentications, only 1% of those were on more than 3 machines. That most people don't really need more than 3 activations (77% only activated on one machine and 23% on 2 or 3).

      I don't understand how you're figuring piracy into that. Pirates obviously wouldn't authenticate the game.

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