EA Boss: Nobody Cares About DRM (But I Totally Hate It)

For a while there, the whole SecuROM thing overshadowed the actual release of Spore » 10/14/08 11:20pm 10/14/08 11:20pm. Which when you consider how high-profile a release Spore was is kind of a big deal. As a result, your thoughts on DRM are clear. But what about EA's thoughts? Well, according to EA boss John Riccitiello, the number of people who even…

EA Responds To Spore Forum Banning Concerns

When Spore » 9/24/08 6:00pm 9/24/08 6:00pm owners were for posting one too many SecuROM/DRM complaints on the game's official message boards, the internet-going masses were worked up into a lather. "Censorship!" they cried. "Business practices to which I don't agree with!" they shouted. A vague warning about your user account being banned in…

Class Action Lawsuit Arises Over Spore DRM

Whenever you find l arge numbers of unhappy people » 9/24/08 11:40am 9/24/08 11:40am, you're bound to find a lawyer. In this case it's Alan Himmelfarb with KamberEdelson of Vernon, California, who has filed a class-action suit against EA over the DRM in EA's Spore. The suit, filed Monday with the Northern California District Court on behalf of…

Penny Arcade Digs into DRM, Now With More Crecente

Last week Penny Arcade's own Tycho contacted me to see if I would be interested in writing a short piece for their site about Digital Rights Management. What with the escalating brouhaha with Electronic Arts and likelihood that this won't be the last time gamers run face first into some form of DRM they don't like, I… » 9/24/08 10:00am 9/24/08 10:00am

Spore Loosens Up, Allows Multiple Account Registrations

And EA's DRM back-tracking continues! First it was the number of times you could install Spore » 9/18/08 10:20pm 9/18/08 10:20pm, now they've announced that they're loosening the you could have on a single PC. Initially this was restricted to a single account, meaning families/friends/loved ones would have to share the same account. This has now been …

EA To Loosen Spore Install Restrictions, Reveals Sampling of Spore…

To many PC gamers, Spore » 9/16/08 9:00pm 9/16/08 9:00pm's most gruesome creation has been its digital rights management and copy protection implementation. EA's attempts to thwart piracy by limiting the number of concurrent installations hasn't sat well with users, a complaint they've expressed rather publicly. According to information obtained by…

DRM Haters Take Spore Protests To The Home Front

We know that Amazon users do not take kindly » 9/16/08 8:40am 9/16/08 8:40am to Spore's DRM measures. Seems Spore users don't either. GameCulture have dug up a number of anti-SecuROM creatures/vehicles people have seeded in the game's creation galleries, which range from the absurd to the surprisingly clever. Our pick's probably the Veroflraptor, a…

Spore Only Allows One Account, Even If You're Playing With Family

And the Spore/DRM issues just. Get. Worse » 9/15/08 4:30am 9/15/08 4:30am. Despite the game's manual shipping with the promise that you can set up multiple Spore accounts on the one PC, turns out that in fact the game let you do this. Got more than one Spore player in the house? A friend or loved one? Sorry, they'll have to either play as you in…

EA Sticking With SecuROM (Though Red Alert 3's Will Go A Little Easier…

Because it includes Draconian DRM program SecuROM, Spore's taking a bit of a pounding at the moment » 9/08/08 11:40pm 9/08/08 11:40pm. Same thing happened to , same thing happened to . The message is fairly clear: people know what SecuROM does, and they . EA's response to this? To let you eat cake. They're sticking with the software, whether you like…

Amazon Reviewers Do Not Take Kindly To Spore's DRM

Despite some early, Germanic hiccups » 9/08/08 4:30am 9/08/08 4:30am, Spore seems to be with both the reviewing and buying public at large. Oh, except the kids over at Amazon. Despite enjoying the game itself, they've bombarded the game with 1-star reviews, as backlash for EA's insistence on using the , which limit the number of times you can…