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Mass Effect/Spore DRM Changes

The Mass Effect Community Forums offer a post from BioWare community manager Jay Watamaniuk called Official BioWare/EA Response to DRM Discussion that follows up on discontent over plans to require online authentication every ten days for Mass Effect (story) with word they are scrapping this unpopular plan for one that requires a single online authentication (thanks Gamer's Hell). Update: Word on Kotaku is this change applies to Spore, as well. The post includes a FAQ on the topic, along with this announcement:

There has been a lot of discussion in the past few days on how the security requirements for Mass Effect for PC will work. BioWare, a division of EA, wants to let fans know that Mass Effect will not require 10- day periodic re-authentication.

BioWare has always listened very closely to its fans and we made this decision to ensure we are delivering the best possible experience to them. To all the fans including our many friends in the armed services and internationally who expressed concerns that they would not be able re-authenticate as often as required, EA and BioWare want you to know that your feedback is important to us.

The solution being implemented for Mass Effect for the PC changes copy protection from being key disc based, which requires authentication every time you play the game by requiring a disc in the drive, to a one time online authentication.

This system has an added benefit of allowing players to seamlessly play the game without needing the DVD in the drive.

Key points---

This solution allows gamers to authenticate their game on three different computers with the purchase of one disc. EA Customer Service is on hand to supply any additional authorizations that are warranted. This will be done on a case-by-case basis by contacting customer support.

Games are authorized to the machine when the player installs and launches the software for the first time.

Weve all had those times when the discs get lost or scratched and you cant play a game youve bought because you need a working disc in the drive. With the new system players will no longer need the disc to play the game, but can instead simply retain the disc as back up for re-installation.

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79. Re: No subject May 10, 2008, 04:38 >U
 
EA was one of the ones where you were shit out of luck.
That would be a change in policy then because EA used to offer replacement shrinkwrapped copies for return to the store.

Sierra/Vivendi used to be the best of the major publishers because most if not all of its games had 30-day money-back guarantees. The company would even refund the return shipping.

This comment was edited on May 19, 14:36.
 
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