Want to know why the PC games market's dying? This might have something to do with it.|
If you buy Spore or Mass Effect, they will "die" if they can't phone home every 10 days. That's right: you BOUGHT a copy of a game, you play it single-player, yet it expects to phone home to the company.
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.I have some words for Bioware and EA, but unfortunately they all involve four letters.
[UPDATE]: EA have partially come to their senses - but only partially. It still has SecuROM crudware, it just won't phone home much.