Electronic Arts is trying to make things right again with the release of the SecuROM de-authorization tool.
PC gamers probably know all too well the pains caused by SecuROM copy protection. EA’s game management system with SecuROM places a limit on its games to be installed on up to five computers to play the game.
While good in theory, in practice this just caused headaches for gamers who legitimately purchased the game. To ease their pain, EA has now released a tool that will manage the authorizations of each of the SecuROM’s protected games.
“If your EA PC game was released after May 2008 and has a machine authorization limit, you can now manage your computer authorizations using EA De-Authorization Tools!” EA released.
Gamers have the option to download a tool that will scan a user’s computer for any applicable games to de-authorize, or the user may choose to selectively download tools specific to each game.
The games affected are:
- Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
- Crysis Warhead
- Dead Space
- FIFA Manager 09
- FIFA Soccer 09
- Littlest Pet Shop
- The Lord of the Rings: Conquest
- Mass Effect
- Mercenaries 2: World in Flames
- Mirror's Edge
- Need for Speed: Undercover
- NHL 09
- Spore Creature Creator
- The Sims 2: Apartment Life
- The Sims 2 IKEA Home Stuff
- The Sims 2 Mansion and Garden Stuff
With new developments in game DRM from Microsoft, Valve and Stardock, perhaps life will get easier for PC gamers who buy their games.
I absolutely love PC gaming but there is no way to stop piracy. That may be a downfall to PC gaming. But if businesses have more deals for LAN goers then they will pay. A regular game that costs 50 bucks, if they had a LAN special of like 3 copies for 100 bucks I'd be all for it. Well, if the game was worth it. Its better than people illegally downloading it and using a keygen. Plus, customers would feel better about getting a sweet deal and would probably buy from the publisher again. Publisher makes some money at least to continue its survival.
mass effect is ea drm free on steam... but still has the install steam thing which you may not like, or the lack of a physical copy..but it gets the job done nonetheless
this is def a move in the right direction, now we know ea falls into peer pressure. once other companies find a better drm solution, they will follow. hopefully they will rid of drm from any ea game after sims 3