My husband has been waiting for Spore for two years now. Its a game created by designer Will Wright. The same guy who made SimCity and’ The Sims.’ The focus of the game is the development of’ a creature through various stages of civilization.’ Starting at single celled organism and’ reaching space exploration’ society the player gets to control what the species looks like as well as design buildings and vehicles. Its a cute game but this post isn’t about’ Spore. Its about the DRM’ on Spore.
Sunday was release day of Spore, and many fans chose to’ preload the game. This means that you pay for the game before launch day, and’ at a specific time it automatically downloads’ to your computer. The version my husband bought will’ be saved electronically for 2 years in case we need to download it again.’ ‘ What gamers that pre-ordered disc copies of this game, or bought them in a store on Sunday didn’t realize is that EA has only given you permission to install the game onto your computer from discs’ three times. If you need more than this you can simply call EA’ explain the circumstances for how you used your three installs and possibly get’ another. However computer enthusiasts that frequently upgrade their computers are concerned that’ this means EA is going to force them to buy a new copy of the game.’ So about 1,000 users have taken action by informing potential buyers on Amazon of this situation by spamming the review system with 1 star reviews.
Bloggers have been buzzing about this today mentioning that reviews on other sites such as www.gamespot.com and’ www.gamestop.com informing future buyers that you only get three installs per disk have been deleted making the ratings for the games a crystal 5.
As if you didn’t have ample opportunity to talk about DRM as it relates to music now is another chance for you to have a discussion with your teens about DRM and games. I hope’ the general’ news will report on the various websites that are deleting reviews that talk about the DRM, because of this whole situation that may be the scariest part. I look forward to talking with my teens about this situation and ask them what they would do in EA’s shoes.