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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Apr 13, 2009, 09:03
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Well said StingingVelvet, I could not agree more. It always amuses me when people talk about trust yet ignore all of the evidence that man inherently cannot be trusted. It's why we create a society of laws and have to enforce those laws. We want to give people the benefit of the doubt but in the realm of business you often can't afford that luxury. It's just a shame these companies keep trying DRM instead of something that works. I think DRM would be less offensive if people couldn't see their computer literate buddy overcoming it while they paid full price and can't get their game working.
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