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Hey guys, remember Bioshock for PC? Remember the flap over Securom, activation and all that other jazz? You miss it? I do!

Well the folks over at Bioware and EA have listened to my prayers and yes, Securom will be used in Mass Effect. Awesome! But that's not all! You'll have to activate it a la Bioshock AND the game's executable will check in with its home server every couple of days too! Yay!

Apparently, during the time you own and play the game, any significant hardware changes WILL cause the game NOT to run. That makes sense because let's face it, as PC owners and gamers, we're all pirates right? Right!

You think that's all? Nope! Spore will have the same scheme. A technical director over at Bioware's forums has confirmed this. I'm so happy.

Oh, and digital distro versions of the games will have the EXACT same executables and binaries so we're all stuck with the Securom love-in.

/rant

I'll post a link to the forums if people would like to see it for themselves although it's not hard to find.
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Hey guys, remember Bioshock for PC? Remember the flap over Securom, activation and all that other jazz? You miss it? I do!

Well the folks over at Bioware and EA have listened to my prayers and yes, Securom will be used in Mass Effect. Awesome! But that's not all! You'll have to activate it a la Bioshock AND the game's executable will check in with its home server every couple of days too! Yay!
SecuROM wasn't horrible. I've never had a single problem playing Bioshock. As long as you don't install it on all of your friends' PCs, no worries.

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Apparently, during the time you own and play the game, any significant hardware changes WILL cause the game NOT to run.
I really doubt it, and even if it does, just uninstall the game and reinstall. Really. It's not hard.

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That makes sense because let's face it, as PC owners and gamers, we're all pirates right? Right!
Sadly, quite a bit of the PC gaming populace will obtain the game through piracy. They have every right to try to protect their product.

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You think that's all? Nope! Spore will have the same scheme. A technical director over at Bioware's forums has confirmed this. I'm so happy.

Oh, and digital distro versions of the games will have the EXACT same executables and binaries so we're all stuck with the Securom love-in.

/rant

I'll post a link to the forums if people would like to see it for themselves although it's not hard to find.
You should probably go ahead and post that link, just for the heck of it.
    
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That's the link to Bioware's forum and the thread I referred to. I hate jumping through hoops just to play a game. I hate Securom because of its intrusiveness - the same reason I hate Starforce. I buy all my games. I don't like being punished for something I did not do. I'm done ranting. Enjoy the link. People far angrier than I have posted there.
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Eh, it just gives something to do for those very creative people out there that bring us all sorts of Securom workarounds I don't mind protection, but I do mind protection that "calls home".
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you're not allowed to change your hardware.. that's ridiculous. couldn't it just check your computer's name (you know in vista) to make sure it's the same? pretty easy to bypass but w/e..
    
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The funny thing is, pirates will find a way around this protection (as they did with Bioshock) leaving only those who actually buy a copy with the burden of copy protection. The best anti-piracy technique i have seen is probably tying CD keys to an account (ala Steam & BF2142), however good luck actually selling the game.
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i never had any problems with Securom. I know many people did though so they won't be happy about this.
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SecuROM is not that big of a deal. Just properly uninstall it before you need to clean install a new system and you're fine.
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The funny thing is, pirates will find a way around this protection (as they did with Bioshock) leaving only those who actually buy a copy with the burden of copy protection. The best anti-piracy technique i have seen is probably tying CD keys to an account (ala Steam & BF2142), however good luck actually selling the game.
Amen, its the same with DCC software. you pay upwards of $7k and then spend the next three months setting up licensing servers.
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