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BioShock: Only Two Installs

How many installs do we get? Transfer of ownership? on the 2K Forums (thanks Greybird) outline an issue that's been discovered with the SecuROM online activation required to play BioShock. Apparently the process will only allow for the game to be installed twice, which could obviously be a problem for folks who experience problems with their systems. The Steam Forums indicate that this problem afflicts the Steam edition of the game as well.

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21. Re: Oh boy... Aug 22, 2007, 12:19 Tumbler
 
And who at 2K decided two installs and that was going to be it? Has that person ever used a computer? Owned an operating system? An office aplication? A game? Updated drivers?

Of course they looked at all of that, why do you think it's 2 instead of 1! This is a popular game, just like HL2, and they are exploiting demand to insure they make as much money as possible by limiting how many different computers you can play this game on EVER. I think their intent is to have a new copy of the game sold for every computer that runs it, regarless if the owner is the same.

It's a profit motivated choice. And I'd look at Take Two if I were you, I wondered why their stock surged 10% on Tuesday, hype about the game had been building before that day, this makes that a bit easier to understand. Locking down installs of the game like this makes it more likely that every person who wants to play it will buy their own individual copy.

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