The much anticipated “Spore” has been awarded a measly 1 star on Amazon.com by thousands of gamers angry over the games restrictive DRM (Digital Rights Management) Software that only allows owners three installs of the game before the product is rendered useless (unless you call up EA to persuade them you’re not trying to use copied software.) This “Three strikes and your out” policy has led many describe the game as “rental” only.
It’s hard not to agree with the angry masses in this case. Limiting the game to three installations means if for example you purchase a new system or suffer a system failure you will have only one installation left before you have to call EA and beg them to allow you to install again. Many avid gamers complain that they change systems so often that the limit is on the wrong side of fairplay. It’s understandable that EA want to protect their product but rumours are now rife that the game has been successfully cracked and that the illegal copies bypass the product verification system rendering it pointless.