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There is a thread going on this over at the Greenhouse forum, but I figured my chances were better at getting a genuine PA response over here.
What's the deal with the DRM, man? You guys were bashing the DRM on Mass Effect / Spore, and here you are with a system that's about 80% as bad on your own game.
EA backed down on the 10-day reauth for their SecuROM secured games, but they maintained the part that was just as bad, and caused a similar fuss when Bioshock came out: Online activation and limited installations!
Tycho had this to say about DRM on PCs not too long ago.
It's the sort of thing that makes a person invest their leisure time with other machines, or - and this is awesome - pirate games they have themselves purchased by circumventing the check with a cracked exe. This is something I do almost one hundred percent of the time, because I can't be sure I'm receiving the full value of my hardware if I don't.
Are you giving me permission to crack your game now that I bought it?
I really and truly don't mind a ONE TIME authentication for a license key, but despite the claims of Hothead over at the Greenhouse forum, that's not what you've got on RSPD. It's true, I gather, that if I uninstall the game and then re-install again a few months later I won't have to re-authorize online. Great. But what if I buy a new computer? Or reload my OS? Or simply wipe out my user profile? That eats up another one of my 3 licenses.
I've already gone through 2 since yesterday. I installed it on my PC and on my Mac just because I wanted to see it on both.
In 10 years, will Greenhouse still be running? I hope so, it sounds like a great idea, but even companies as big as Microsoft have shut down DRM servers leaving paying customers hanging in the wind.
I feel hoodwinked. I bought this game, thinking I had a sure bet on my hands. What little I've played of the game so far has been great...but I'm not so sure that I'm going to ever see any of the other episodes because I don't want to own software that I don't really own. I want to play it again 10 years from now, and I want to do so without having to ask your permission.