Spore DRM allows only one account

Written by Joe Martin

September 15, 2008 | 10:33

Tags: #piracy #securom #spore

Companies: #ea

There's been a lot of grief vented about the DRM system used to protect Spore, which is known as SecuROM and it's been interesting to see that the piracy figures and torrenting numbers have been driven through the roof for the game, with many users torrenting the game purely to avoid getting involved with the DRM software.

It does appear however that there are certain nuances to the DRM software which haven't been made entirely public; some of them good, some of them bad.

First up, according to The Consumerist is the fact that users can't apparently have more than one account per game. Although the manual states that players can set up multiple accounts on the one PC, for different family members say, that doesn't turn out to be true.

Instead, The Consumerist reports that multiple players either have to have multiple copies, or they have to share an account. Pretty disappointing stuff for those who want to share a copy of the game for a family or household.

The second change, this one coming in from RockPaperShotgun is that EA has silently increased the number of activations that players can use on the game. RPS readers have reported that after installing the game three times they rung EA to arrange more activations and were told that they still had two activations remaining and that the Support Page for the site, which claimed three activations, was soon to be updated.

If you want to know more about Spore then you can check out our full review and graphical analysis of Spore in the gaming section.

So, you'll have to share the game about a little bit more, but you only get one account per copy. Do the two balance out? Did you buy Spore or torrent it? Let us know in the forums.
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