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EA to stick with Securom
2SHY 
9/9/08 11:15:50 PM
Charge
http://www.bit-tech.net/news/2008/09/09/ea-to-stick-with-securom-for-red-alert-3/1

"Red Alert 3 is shaping up to be a world-class RTS game that will give you many hours of enjoyment," said an EA spokesperson.

"I think it would be a shame if people decided to not play a great game simply because it came with DRM, but I understand that this is a very personal decision for many of you and I respect that. As you might imagine, I’m a lot less respectful of those people who take the position that they will illegally download a game simply because it has DRM,"
said an EA spokesperson.


Apparently EA doesn't get that 5 installs of a game that you own (Red Alert 3) is enough. Worse still they aren't stopping use of the Securom but it has been tweaked.

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superfireydave 
9/9/08 11:22:05 PM
Titan

Idiots.
Why the fuck would I buy their full priced product if the illegal version works better .
I'm all for paying money for stuff that has value. I'll gladly spend $20 on a pizza over the $6 dominoes ones, because there's value there.

But please EA, help me understand why I would want to buy YOUR product, when there's a better one I can get for free .

They truly are marketing geniuses.

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aliali 
9/9/08 11:50:51 PM
SuperHero
Immortal


"EA has now confirmed that it won't be dropping the system however and will include it in Red Alert 3, though the SecuROM system will be tweaked. Players will now be allowed five active installs of the game at any one time, the software only authenticate on first-run and you will not need the disc in the drive to play according to a discussion on the EA forums."

And from
http://forums.ea.com/mboards/thread.jspa?threadID=430797&start=0&tstart=0
- We will authenticate your game online when you install and launch it the first time.

- We will never re-authenticate an installation online after the first launch. In other words, no reaching out to a central server post-install to see if you’re “allowed” to play.

- You will be able to install and play on up to five computers.

- This system means you don't have to play with the disc in your computer. Personally, I think this is a huge improvement over our previous copy protection requirements, which have always required a disk to play.

- Life happens. I know it’s unlikely, but for those unlucky few who install the game and have their machines nuked (virus, OS reinstall, major hardware upgrade, etc.) five times, EA Customer Service will be on hand to supply any additional authorizations that are warranted. This will be done on a case-by-case basis by contacting customer support.

-You can, of course, play offline without impediment or penalty.



and

"You will be able to install and play on up to five computers. If you uninstall the game while connected to the Internet, the entitlement will be preserved and that install can be transferred to a different computer. "


Actually seems EA/SECUROM has put some more thought in to this.

So not as bad as some are making out.
personally I am glad they did not go with that abortion that is STAR-FORCE.

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HeavyLancer 
10/9/08 12:32:12 AM
Apprentice

Actually, that thing about the No-cd and five-computer license might provoke me into buying an EA product. Have EA been taking Omega-3 pills lately?

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D12017K 
10/9/08 1:09:16 AM
Overlord

Quote by superfireydave
Idiots.
Why the fuck would I buy their full priced product if the illegal version works better .
I'm all for paying money for stuff that has value. I'll gladly spend $20 on a pizza over the $6 dominoes ones, because there's value there.

But please EA, help me understand why I would want to buy YOUR product, when there's a better one I can get for free .

They truly are marketing geniuses.



While i hate DRM i never bought into that argument. Unfortunately by picking the 'better' product you are depriving the developers of revenue meaning in the long run there wont be more good games, or at least not on the PC.

I mean there is nothing stopping you from buying the game legitimately and downloading a 3 Meg crack.

In japan they have vegetable stores that just sit unmanned with a money box, you take what you want and leave money yourself. When confronted with a honour system will you just take the items for free because you can as well?


Edited by D12017K: 10/9/2008 1:10:07 AM

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superfireydave 
10/9/08 1:12:51 AM
Titan

Quote by D12017K
While i hate DRM i never bought into that argument. Unfortunately by picking the 'better' product you are depriving the developers of revenue meaning in the long run there wont be more good games, or at least not on the PC.

I mean there is nothing stopping you from buying the game legitimately and downloading a 3 meg crack.

In japan they have vegetable stores that just sit unmanned with a money box, you take want you want and leave money yourself. When confronted with a honour system will you just take the items for free because you can as well?


Oh, I'd be quite happy to send the developers a cheque.
But, for every copy of the game sold, that's a copy that EA can say "See? They didn't care about the DRM. Next time, let's try something foolproof that NOBODY can pirate.".

I do a lot of IT based work myself, and would be horrified at someone stealing my IP. I'm not stupid enough to try and control people with DRM though =P

All I'm saying is that it doesn't make any sense to buy it (other than to support the developer, but fuck the developer doesn't get that much per game anyway the publisher takes the most) when a better product is available for free.

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Virtuoso 
10/9/08 1:37:43 AM
SuperHero
Resident alien


I'll it because I love the RA franchise and can't wait for the next installment.

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