I’ll write something longer about this later, but I just wanted to quickly add my expression of anger and frustration to the rest of the masses.
I had been looking forward to Spore’s release for years, quite literally. I pre-ordered it the first time it was supposed to come out and a major reason that I hooked myself up with a gaming desktop was so that I could play Spore for hours and hours before I took off on my traveling adventures.
Then I come to find out that, if I were to buy a copy of Spore, I wouldn’t actaully own it. I would only own three installations of the game. On top of that, it installs some kind of awful malware that EA uses to spy on you. And this is for paying customers. Meanwhile, the useless DRM was cracked several days before Spore was even release, and the pirates get to play the game without malware and without having to worry about losing their ability to play after a few installations. Maybe I should buy the game but then use the pirated version so that I don’t have to worry about breaking my computer…
In any event, I’m voting with my dollars along with a fairly substantial group of others. At $50, it makes no sense to pay for a game that breaks your computer and that you don’t even own. Vote with your dollars as well. Even just a thousand of us who want to buy it, but refuse to until the DRM is removed, will cost them $50,000.
To EA: You are the most idiotic company in existence. Seriously. Treat your customers like people. The only ones that are being affected by your stupid DRM are those people who were willing to pay for the game in the first place. As a commenter on Amazon.com noted, by spending money on developing this DRM, you have lost more money because people are now refusing to buy your game, or are stealing it, even though they want to pay you for it. What is wrong with you?