Ok, thank you for that. Now, tell me again why exactly you think spore will use securom.
I haven't read the whole thread yet, but had to comment here.
I am a Sims player. Have been since the first Sims in '99. I had all of the Sims 1 - game and expansion. I then did the same thing with Sims 2. Up until the Bon Voyage expansion Maxis used the old SafeDisk (if I remember correctly) anti-pirate software. With BV they started with SecuRom. The Sims 2 forums were FILLED with complaints and issues directly resulting from SecuRom BULL****. It would disable (yes, disable) writer drives (CD and DVD) as they were a *potential* threat used by "pirates." After several WEEKS of this, EA/Maxis released a "patch" that would completely remove SecuRom from your system... only problem is that you would also have to UNINSTALL Bon Voyage. If you wanted to play BV again, you'd have to reinstall it right along with another copy of SecuRom.
I went 'round and 'round with EA Support over this issue. They, with their fingers in their ears, kept telling me that the "problems" I was having had absolutely NOTHING to do with SecuRom, because.. "that isn't what the program does.. go to Sony and read for yourself."
Unfortunately that is a load of BS. I tested this with a BRAND NEW HP Pavilion that I bought in January. There was NOTHING on the machine except Micro$oft patches, Sims 2 and expansions, and the preinstalled stuff that comes with a new HP. After running the BV Expansion, my DVD Rom would NOT work
I ended up finding a no-CD crack for BV, and subsequently Freetime.. that way SecuRom is never installed. Many other Simmers have stated doing the same thing. By having *this version* of Securom, EA/Maxis has turned their loyal, paying customers into pirates. I bought each and every expansion. But to actually PLAY the product that I paid for I had to crack it.. that is.. f'ked up beyond belief.
*IF* this version of SecuRom requires an internet connection every 10-days.. I don't know how a crack will be made for this. I once read a list of games that use SecuRom.. and several of them I have played before.. World of Warcraft is one that comes to mind. I never had any problems with SecuRom and WoW.. however, the version used in WoW, and the version that was on BV and FT is different. It's going to depend greatly on what version of SecuRom they use.. and how it affects the system.
My point with my response here is that several of the posters here have said something akin to -- "But, EA wouldn't do THAT!!! It would cost them MONEY!!!" -- Well, I hate to burst your bubble.. but they already have. And according to the support MANAGER
from the EA Home Site.. ALL games produced by EA/Maxis WILL have SecuRom on it.
I will be watching very closely how this pans out. What version of SecuRom they are using.. and if people have any problems with their installs of Spore. If the game contains an invasive version of SecuRom, and the pirate community is able to hack it to the point where it doesn't adversely affect my system I will be doing what I did with Bon Voyage, and Freetime. I will buy
it.. and then I will crack
it to remove Suck-U-Rom
. I would strongly advise the community here do to the exact same thing.
ETA - If the pirate community is unable to work around this particular problem.. well.. then I won't be buying or playing Spore.. that I have waited four ****ing years for.