Playing With My Weiner

Gaming at the mercy of miniature daschunds.

Spore Expansion Pack Coming This Spring January 8, 2009

Filed under: Games,PC,Spore — Gwyddia @ 12:28 pm
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Not so excited about the Spore: Creepy and Cute parts pack?  Want more – ahem – gameplay?  

Your wish is Maxis’ command.  Spore Galactic Adventures will be released in March.  While details are still scarce, this new title promises to be just the first in of a Sims-like prolific progeny of small gameplay and large item expansions.  We’ll know more during Maxis’ special even later this month, where they announce their full “Spore line-up for 2009″.  No word on the presence or absence of DRM for these new goodies.

 

GTAIV For PC – Now With SecuROM! December 2, 2008

Filed under: Games,GamesLaw.net,GTA,Other Folks,PC — Gwyddia @ 8:05 pm
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From my piece on GamesLaw.net:

Despite the truly epic amount of litigation fomenting around DRM and SecuROM in particular, Rockstar has decided to use the product on the PC release of Grand Theft Auto IV this week, stating that SecuROM is “the most effective form of disc based copy protection[.]”

 

It is important to note that while SecuROM makes a product that many people dislike, the use of a SecuROM product by a company does not necessarily mean the advent of the sort of draconian measures found in Spore. GTAIV’s flavor, for example, will require anyone who does not purchase the game via Steam to have the disc in the drive while playing, and will require a one-time authentication on install. There are unlimited installs of the game after the initial authentication, and those do NOT require re-authentication.

 

That being said, like Spore, uninstalling GTAIV will still leave some remnants of SecuROM behind. As per Rockstar:

In regards to SecuROM, deleting GTA IV will remove the active functions if it is the only application that requires SecuROM, but some traces will remain, such as a registry entry and file, which allows you to reinstall without re-entering your authentication code. We are working with SecuROM to post information on our support pages regarding how to remove these inactive traces of the program for users who wish to do so.

At least they’re working on it, but why does the program do that in the first place? And isn’t that potentially malicious lingering part of what is calling SecuROM to legal question in the first place?

 

Spore Goes From Release to Xpax in 2.3 Seconds October 12, 2008

Filed under: Games,Mac,PC,Rumors,Spore — Gwyddia @ 10:57 am
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Fastest expansion pack ever?  You folks tell me.  Either way, a “parts pack” called Spore Creepy and Cute has appeared on the EA Store. While the Features section of the offering is curiously blank, other sources indicate to The Weiner that this is JUST a parts pack with no new game content other than stuff to stick on your penis creatures.

Spore Creepy and Cute will cost USD 19.95 and is, at the time of this writing, ironically available only as a digital download on November 18.

 

Spore DRM fun continues September 28, 2008

Filed under: Games,GamesLaw.net,Industry,PC,Spore — Gwyddia @ 4:42 pm
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The Spore DRM fracas has reached new heights. EA has been sued in federal court over their use of SecuROM. You can check out my article about it at GamesLaw.net.

 

GamesLaw.net updates: Spore and John Facenda September 14, 2008

Filed under: GamesLaw.net,Industry,Rock Band,Spore — Gwyddia @ 3:01 pm
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I’ve been busy today.  Rock Band 2 and two articles on GamesLaw.net.

Power, Glory, Facenda.

Power, Glory, Facenda.

Facenda’s family wins another round.

and

Spore DRM is more trouble than its worth.

Gamers

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