DRM propels Spore to “most-pirated” crown

It’s not exactly a Streisand Effect, but it’s pretty close.  Sony wanted to keep a tight leash on their new game “Spore”, so they loaded with a ton of ugly DRM.  You can only have one user account per purchased copy (husband/wife, brother/sister, friend/friend — no), you can only install it three times, and many people are having issues getting it to run properly in various modes (64-bit being the worst).

As a result, the game has already been illegally downloaded over 500,000 times on BitTorrent, and the number is rising rapidly.  It’s also caused Spore, well-regarded as a very good game, to receive horrible scores on Amazon.com because of the DRM.  As of a few days ago, there were 2,219 reviews and 2,018 of them gave the game just one star.

The bottom line, almost Streisand-like: They wanted to keep people from pirating the game, resulting in way more illegal downloads than if they just let people play the game they paid for.

Comments

  1. Greenstreet says:

    jep, super phun ;)… but it’s Electronic Arts, not Sony who published the DRM madness. ;)

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