Not buying Spore

I have been waiting for Spore to come out for ages. And now, sadly, I will not be buying it. Sigh.

I was stopped in my tracks by the Amazon anti-DRM reviews. Given that I work on several machines, I would probably exhaust my 3 installations within day (especially since previous experience shows that at least one installation will fail to work for one reason or another). If I pay for a game, I want to own it, not rent it.

This really frustrates me. I respect copyright and I make a point of teaching my students to do the same. It is only fair that the creator(s) of an artwork are allowed to control its distribution. I don’t appreciate being treated like a thief. This action on the part of EA makes me more likely to seek out a pirated copy, when I would have gladly paid money for the game. It’s just stupid.

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Published in: on September 11, 2008 at 12:31 am  Comments (6)  
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  1. It’s actually not 3 installations, it’s 3 installations on different machines active in a 10 day period. The lifetime installation cap is 10. I can’t think of any game I’ve ever installed 10 times.

  2. Well that makes it somewhat better, but I’m still reluctant to support it. What happens when EA shuts down their DRM servers?

    I am currently playing (and enjoying) Deus Ex, which was released 8 years ago. Will Spore still be playable in 8 years time?

  3. In cases like this, I generally buy the game legitimately, and then download and install the cracked version. It’s a bit shady, but ethically justifiable, I reckon – particularly when the DRM software is more or less a rootkit.

    Have fun with DX! (You lucky git – I wish I could play it again for the first time.)

  4. I figure, if EA were to go out of business or shut down their DRM servers, I’ll either download a crack, or attempt to hack around it myself. Until then, I’m OK with playing by the rules they set out.

    So far it is working fine, and I haven’t felt like they think I’m a thief. The disc doesn’t even have to be in the drive to play the game — that right there shows more “trust” than most game publishers have been willing to give.

  5. Unlike what other commenters seem to suggest, I’d say that there is definitely a good case to be made for not buying it in protest as well as not to be inconvenienced. I’m not going to “work around” having a worse experience AND being called thief.

    I’ve already been bitten by this, hard, at least once – when my much younger kid brother spent ALL his money for that month on a game that had one of these “solutions” on it, and of course it didn’t work. So I had to spend a whole evening trying to help my devastated brother getting his legitimate game running over the phone.

    Even when it DOES work as it should, it’s still a better experience to get the cracked version – and have you noticed that there always is one? DRM does not work, never has, never will. What it does is cost us, the consumers extra money, freedom and on top of that it insults us.

    It’s like in Sweden at least, if you buy or rent a movie on DVD, you are forced to watch an unskippable, boring (and wrong on actual facts) anti-piracy movie. If you download the same movie, you can just watch it. Notice the huge gap in logic?

    Anyway, I’m boycotting this game until it’s released without DRM. There’s plenty of other games I can buy instead, and I do have principles. Hope you do, too. :)

  6. After attending the Game Deconstruction Group at EA, I have caved and bought a copy of Spore. Ironically, I didn’t buy it because it looks good, but because it looks interestingly bad.


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