Originally Posted by PiratesRule
Hmm, it does seem that he did say that. However, this is still no big deal.
"Mass Effect uses SecuROM and requires an online activation for the first time that you play it. Each copy of Mass Effect comes with a CD Key which is used for this activation and for registration here at the BioWare Community. Mass Effect does not require the DVD to be in the drive in order to play, it is only for installation.
After the first activation, SecuROM requires that it re-check with the server within ten days
(in case the CD Key has become public/warez'd and gets banned). Just so that the 10 day thing doesn't become abrupt, SecuROM tries its first re-check with 5 days remaining in the 10 day window. If it can't contact the server before the 10 days are up, nothing bad happens and the game still runs.
After 10 days a re-check is required before the game can run."
Now, I haven't bothered to go through the 13 page thread at Bioware, but no where does it say it will have to re-check every tens days within the paragraph which was written by Derek French, a Technical Producer at Bioware.
"I believe that the SecuROM settings are for up to 3 activations
There is no banning or such
if you go beyond the 3 activations, it just won't activate. If you run into any issues with this, you will be able to contact EA tech support
and they will help you resolve any problems
you have getting your game to run, including issues with SecuROM."
If you activate the game every 5 days then you'll be able to play for another five days without internet access.
Here is how it works.
"If you buy MEPC, install and run the game the game will register automatically and you are good to play.
After 5 days the next time you start the game the system will automatically try to register. If you are connected to the internet, it will occur without you even knowing it and reset the 10 days.
If you are not connected to the internet, you can keep playing for the next 5 days. As you start each day, the system will keep trying to validate. If it connects and validates, the "clock" is reset.
If the system cannot connect to the internet after the 10 days, you will not be able to play MEPC until you are connected to the internet. Once you reconnect to the internet and try to play, it will re-validate and you can play as normal for another period of 10 days as before.
So it is not "at 10 days and if the servers aren't working you're screwed". There is a large window (5days) where the system automatically tries to re-validate to prevent last minute problems."