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On Mass Effect 3 DRM

BioWare's Casey Hudson offers reassurances to gamers by way of Computer and Video Games that the use of Origin does not mean Mass Effect 3 will be burdened by intrusive DRM. They say the game will use a one time online activation, and will allow an unlimited number of installs. Here's more from Hudson:

We use Origin, and it's interesting because really, it's just a way to get access to the online and digital features that, you know, generally, PC games have now. I think people are going to be fine with it.

"I think that the people who try Mass Effect 3 on Origin will realise that it's not an intrusive DRM scheme," he added. "It's just a way for you to sign up for the online services that you're going to get on an ongoing basis through Mass Effect 3.

"Just like you get with any other kind of online digital distribution, or multiplayer or whatever. It's not something that requires you to always be online - you can play Mass Effect 3 offline."

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5. Re: On Mass Effect 3 DRM Feb 17, 2012, 22:11 Bhruic
 
As for the whole Origin thing, I do not need my games spread across more than one download service. Accounts with this, accounts with that. Oh shit game ABC is with service XYZ not 123.

Fragmentation is nothing but evil. Not to mention the lack of choice for the user because EA wants to be supreme overlord with their products.

There's a bit of a disconnect between complaining that you only ever want games on one service, and then complaining about a lack of choice, but ok.

The thing is, you still have a choice about where you buy the game. It's not "exclusive" to Origin. You have to activate the game on Origin, but that's no different than Steamworks games that require you to activate a game on Steam - even if you bought it elsewhere. With the offline mode, you only have to activate ME3 online once, at which point you don't need to do so anymore. Assuming it works the way it's been described, it's actually fairly unobtrusive.
 
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