Gamer: Go and illegally download Spore, you're doing the RIGHT thing

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Bill Loguidice
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I can't say I agree with this in the slightest. Piracy is not the answer. If you don't agree with the DRM in the game, DON'T BUY IT. If you want to play the game enough, then you'll agree with whatever draconian protection measures the publisher applies. If you don't agree with them, then you don't want to play the game badly enough. I HATE the concept that somehow it's a RIGHT to play games, when in fact it's a luxury. If you don't have the money or don't like something about the publisher or whatever, too bad, it's NOT an excuse to steal it.

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Spore hypocrisy
Matt Barton wrote:

I can see why stuff like this makes people angry. If you buy something, you don't like it to come with a bunch of strings attached. However, I think the appropriate response is what Bill gives--just pass on that game. If somebody asks you why you didn't buy it, explain the issue. Spread the word. Eventually, if enough people respond that way, the company will "get the message." After all, they're losing money over it. If you just go out and pirate it, they can just say, "Well, that's exactly why we NEED DRM in the first place!"

That's the problem. There's all this bitching and call to arms, and it's the number one selling game on the PC. Either people don't really care - after all, do most people even consider what copy protection a game has? - or they're being disingenuous in their outrage. In any case, piracy is not the answer, if only for the fact that people will still be playing and enjoying the game and continuing the positive buzz for the experience, generating further sales. The answer is don't buy or play the thing.

I'll likely be getting the collector's edition for my birthday next month. We'll see though...



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I can see why stuff like

I can see why stuff like this makes people angry. If you buy something, you don't like it to come with a bunch of strings attached. However, I think the appropriate response is what Bill gives--just pass on that game. If somebody asks you why you didn't buy it, explain the issue. Spread the word. Eventually, if enough people respond that way, the company will "get the message." After all, they're losing money over it. If you just go out and pirate it, they can just say, "Well, that's exactly why we NEED DRM in the first place!"

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Bill Loguidice
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DRM on Spore

That's what I don't get either, Rob. It's not THAT awful. Spore's DRM allows installation up to three times before you need to call EA to request more. What sucks is that there's an error in the manual. While it says that you can have more than one account per Spore license, that's not true. One account per license, installable up to three times.



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Rowdy Rob
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Agreed.

It doesn't make much logical sense to "steal" as a sign of protest. Don't like high gas prices? Steal gas... etc. etc. etc.

However, what is so different about "Spore's" copy protection that it raises such an uproar? I understand DRM pertaining to music and videos, but how is it used in the game? I don't have a clue.

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