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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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106. Re: On Dark Athena DRM Apr 13, 2009, 16:29 Tumbler
I don't care for DRM but they do need to do something. It drives me crazy when someone is playing a game before I was able to while paying nothing for it.

Agreed. And other companies are doing things differently.

Relic has done a TON for Company of Heroes. In order to play online you need a legit CD key attached to an account and they continue to balance and improve their game and I think they started using SecuRom or something similar to that but none of it requires any type of online activation. You can't play online unless you create that account but using their online service is so much more convenient than having to drop my CD in each time. And their latest patch allows players without the Tales of Valor expansion to play against people with the expansion, plus they added little achievements and updated the whole interface with certain content locked out. They also offer updates via bitorrent which is very cool.

Relic has made promises on DoW2 as well to support it in a similar fashion but so far...they are releasing a patch today supposedly, with a new let's hope that continues.

Valve, in general, supports all their games after release. Plenty of love for these games, it's wonderful to see this content showing up only to paying customers. I don't play TF2 very much but I was happy to drop the dollars on it just because they keep adding to it.

Stardock offered a ton of improvement and updates for Galactic Civilizations 2, and it was a great feeling getting those updates because I was a legit owner. (I don't think you had access to the patches if you weren't an online registered user)

Supreme commander offers a ton of updates online through their service. You can find mods, replays, patches, etc all through their online component. It's not in game content but it's a very big incentive to play the game online. down in flames after discounting their currency!
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