Originally Posted by MrSpock2002
Mass Effect can only be installed 3 times - also if it notices an upgrade, more ram, video card, etc that also takes one of those times.
Only way to play again after that is to call their customer service - which btw according to MSN will not reactivate it with out proof your the owner and also they reserve the right to never do it period.
With Bioshock the limit was 2 to 3 times as well. But they quickly patched it to disable that. Somthing they said they will NOT do with Mass Effect.
It took the Vengeance release group about a month to crack the Steam activation for the cd copy of Half Life 2 and have it out on p2p when it first came out. They literally set up an emulator for Steam that had less overhead than Steam.
As I had bought a copy of HL2 on the day it was released and couldn't get it to activate for four days, this sour taste led me to uninstall the official copy and replace it with the Vengeance release. I'm still leery of Steam, or for that matter any game where I can't hold the entire program in my hands on disc and then install it no strings attached, no online checks, no downloading.
Simple solution to this dilemma for them that care about being honest is to buy the game and then (important that it be done in this order) pirate it so that they don't have to worry about the reinstall limits. That's what I'm going to do with this one.
Really very simple, if Microsoft is determined not to back down, they probably should have picked a title other than a console port - this strategy worked with Bioshock because everyone hadn't already played it on their Xbox.
/ M$ made the same mistake with "Vista-only" Halo2.Edited by Jarhead - 5/28/08 at 9:00pm