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On Mass Effect & Spore Copy Protection

There's a massive thread on the Mass Effect Community Forums about the SecuROM copy-protection scheme planned for Mass Effect, BioWare's upcoming RPG (thanks Wolfox). The game will not need the disk in the drive to play, but will require an internet connection for installation to validate the CD (DVD) key and will need to go online once every ten days in perpetuity for revalidation. BioWare attempts to address all the questions this raises, at one point replying that this will be the same system used in Spore when the evolutionary game is released: "Yes, EA is ready for us and getting ready for Spore, which will use the same system." This thread continues the discussion after the first one was locked for length. Here's the deal:

Mass Effect uses SecuROM and requires an online activation for the first time that you play it. Each copy of Mass Effect comes with a CD Key which is used for this activation and for registration here at the BioWare Community. Mass Effect does not require the DVD to be in the drive in order to play, it is only for installation.

After the first activation, SecuROM requires that it re-check with the server within ten days (in case the CD Key has become public/warez'd and gets banned). Just so that the 10 day thing doesn't become abrupt, SecuROM tries its first re-check with 5 days remaining in the 10 day window. If it can't contact the server before the 10 days are up, nothing bad happens and the game still runs. After 10 days a re-check is required before the game can run.

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127. Re: No subject May 6, 2008, 19:17 Lorcin
 
Ohh liberty city - that should be interesting data (which we'll never see).

How many copies of GTA:IV are sold on the xbox 360 and how many on PS3 compared to the number of machines in circulation. The 360 has been hacked to hell whilst the PS3 is still completely uncracked.

That would actually just for once show the difference piracy does make - however of course the xbox number would be lower because of all the people who bought a replacement after their first one broke.

 
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  222. May 7, 10:30       *NEWSFLASH* The sky is falling!!  dsmart 
  171. May 7, 00:54    You're two cents short. >U
  174. May 7, 01:11     Re: You're two cents short. Prez
  169. May 7, 00:41 Well, it goes off my list again Creston
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  230. May 7, 11:30 Will it happen? necrosis
  233. May 7, 12:25 Online authentication is a good idea LemonJoose
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  246. May 7, 14:25 mass effect Kxmode
  274. May 7, 23:58  Re: mass effect Sepharo
  248. May 7, 14:37 waiting no more! Kxmode
  259. May 7, 16:54 Hardware copy protection Nighthawk
  260. May 7, 17:00  Re: Hardware copy protection DarkCntry
  261. May 7, 17:34   Re: Hardware copy protection  dsmart 
  263. May 7, 18:11    Re: Hardware copy protection Tumbler
  266. May 7, 19:07 Ding Ding Ding Tumbler
  279. May 8, 12:28 No subject dryden555
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  291. May 9, 13:21 Penny-Arcade Tumbler
  292. May 9, 14:35  Re: Penny-Arcade Prez
  294. May 10, 10:13 ... theyarecomingforyou
  295. May 11, 02:22  Re: ... Kosumo
  297. May 11, 04:00   Re: ... Prez
  298. May 11, 04:39    Re: ... Kosumo
  303. May 12, 09:07  Re: ... Overon
  304. May 12, 20:13   Re: ... Kedyn
  305. May 12, 21:52    Re: ... Tumbler
  306. May 13, 04:29     Re: ... Kosumo
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