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 don’t 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 it’s 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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"Seriously, how many times are you going to upgrade major components in the life span of a game installed on your machine? By the time you get around to doing so, the game will have already been dated and you'd have moved on to the next game."

Care about your liberties much?

The fact is it's my RIGHT to play with my machine as often as I fucking want. Do you even understand that? Since I have money to spend on parts I upgrade all the time. Doesn't matter though. Even if I reformat my drive and reinstall my OS once a week that's my right to do so.

It however is NOT their right to take my $50 and then tell me what to do with that product. Who are they kidding here? What buffoon would buy a car and then let the car company tell you which streets you can drive it on or better yet only allow you 3 modifications to the engine? Come on people. Wake up please.

People are not buying this game because of the activation scam. That alone tells you it was a bad idea. End of story. Period.
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