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Assault on Dark Athena DRM Backlash

The Starbreeze Forums and Atari Forums for The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena each have threads complaining about the game's DRM, describing a non-revocable three-installation limit that does not allow further installations after it has been reached. This has inspired another protest centered on the reviews on the Amazon listing for the game, where an increasing number of reviews complain about the DRM. We contacted Atari about this and received the following response:

The protection on the PC version of The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is an activation system with online authentication required the first time you install the game on a machine. The activation code lets you install the game on up to 3 machines, with an unlimited number of installs on each assuming that you donít change any major hardware in your PC or re-install your operating system.

If you reach the maximum number of installations you can contact the Atari hotline and if itís a legitimate request you can get a new activation code.

We implement this protection in an effort to avoid early piracy.

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109. Re: On Dark Athena DRM Apr 14, 2009, 12:59 Tumbler
 
Torrent clients aren't default installed on OEM systems which comprise the majority of desktop and laptop sales in the world. The majority of users have no idea what BitTorrent is and if you asked them to "just torrent it" they would ask if you're talking about a thick rain downfall. Nothing is easy when you have no idea what it is, how it works or what it does. That's forgetting all of the crap with rar files and so on.

I'd love to see an add-on that makes torrents work in Firefox... There may already be one for all I know...but I get the impression that despite how popular Torrents are becoming for legit purposes the RIAA and it's pals would flip the fuck out if torrents were adopted by mainstream America. And I have no doubt that they are working very hard to keep this stuff in the shadows.
 
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