PC Gamer writes: " may not flash its naughty bits every time it exits an automobile, but the PC still generates at least one good scandal a month. The latest brouhaha: EA's initial plan to employ draconian digital rights management measures on Mass Effect and SPORE. The original plan called for online authentication during installation, and then again every 10 days for the duration of the games' life on your PC. Following fan outcry, that's been reduced to just the initial authentication, but a three-install maximum still stands.
I don't think anyone will dispute the problems with this system: What if the servers go down, now or in the future? What if I get new computers and want to install the game on them? Why are the people who actually buy the game being saddled with any restrictions, especially given the well-accepted fact that no DRM solution has ever actually worked? Whether it takes them a minute or a day or a week, when pirates-actually, let's not give them that Disney-fied moniker, let's call them what they really are, which is thieves-when thieves decide they want to bust through even the toughest DRM, they'll do it."