Spore tops 2008 piracy chart

Torrent Freak reports 1.7 million copies of Will Wright's "everything" sim were illegally swapped; Sims 2 scores silver, Assassin's Creed gets bronze.

In its first week on the market, Will Wright and EA Maxis' heavily anticipated universe-simulator Spore was illegally downloaded through file-sharing sites 500,000 times, a figure that BitTorrent-tracking blog Torrent Freak labeled as record-setting. That said, EA announced that it legally moved 2 million units of the game through September 30, while in tandem revealing that 6 percent of its workforce would be laid off.

As noted by Torrent Freak upon its initial findings in September, despite the game's strong initial legal offering, demand for pirated copies of Spore was "increasing rapidly." The blog now reports that Spore is the single most pirated game of 2008, with an estimated 1.7 million copies being passed around outside of EA's control worldwide since the game launched on September 7.

An oft-cited reason for why culprits chose not to purchase the game was EA's decision to include SecuROM digital-rights management software. According to opponents, SecuROM amounts to spyware or malware, considering that it reportedly monitors computer use to prevent duplication. In a class-action suit filed against EA in September, opponents claimed that once installed, it cannot be removed short of a complete reformatting of a user's hard drive.

With Spore topping Torrent Freak's list of the top pirated games in 2008, Will Wright's previous work--The Sims 2--landed in second, with 1.15 million units illegally swapped. Assassin's Creed--which made its way to file-sharing sites a full two months before its official release, inspiring Ubisoft to file a lawsuit against Optical Experts Manufacturing--scored third with approximately 1.07 million copies.

Crytek's tech-heavy shooter Crysis landed in fourth, with 940,000 copies illegally shared. That number doesn't come as a surprise; Crytek cofounder Cevat Yerli attributed his company's decision to abandon PC exclusivity to rampant piracy of the game.

PC Game Downloads on BitTorrent in 2008
1) Spore / Electronic Arts / 1,700,000
2) The Sims 2 / Electronic Arts / 1,150,000
3) Assassin's Creed / Ubisoft / 1,070,000
4) Crysis / Crytek / 940,000
5) Command & Conquer 3 / Electronic Arts / 860,000
6) Call of Duty 4 / Activision / 830,000
7) Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas / Take-Two / 740,000
8) Fallout 3 / Bethesda Softworks / 645,000
9) Far Cry 2 / Ubisoft / 585,000
10) Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 / Konami / 470,000

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kik4444
kik4444

The DRM bull**** is only hurting the CUSTOMERS, the pirates will ALWAYS find a way around it. So, please, don't put clever DRMs in games. Thank you 

mackey12345
mackey12345

Doesn't matter nowadays... You can't stop them, no one can stop them, they will always find new ways around DRM, Cyber Laws, there is no one telling them to stop, I say just take away the DRM, it'll make the consumer happy, and it would techinically put them out of business.

Carpe_Noctum
Carpe_Noctum

Wow, that's a ton, but not surprising. I personally don't contribute to those numbers, I can afford to buy games, but I see why people do it.

lucas182
lucas182

Now id like to see the figures for Prince of Persia 2008... a game with NO copy protection (no cracking, no imaging, no nothing!) that IMO rocked. Give me the figures on how many copies were downloaded and how many were bought. If you go to a torrent website youll read comments telling you to buy the game to honor ubisoft's efforts to leave the game DRM-less. Now i bought spore legally, and at first i could only install it on 3 pcs. whereas pirates could install it anywhere, anytime, as much as they wanted. GOOD FOR THEM.. GO PIRATES! KICK THOSE DRM-INFESTED GAMES IN THE NUTS! (the (sad?) truth is... no DRM is strong enough to avoid piracy completely. Just look at GTA4.. craziest DRM ever... cracked.. and so on. so its best to just avoid it, as it only punishes people who legally acquired the game)

jcj19944
jcj19944

Some games has high hardware requirements and can't be played on a pc like mine with a geforce gold 7700.It's better to try them then buy the ones that can run on your pc.It's frustrating to buy an expensive game and find that you can't even play it.

legoflamb22
legoflamb22

Hardly anything is worth buying anymore. Shellshock 2 is a big bag of poo - played for 2 mins to find out it was low budget and crappy. Glad I didn't pay £20 or whatever it costs.

Rattlesnake_8
Rattlesnake_8

With game stores refusing to take back games, and more and more games being released that are not playable.. its not surprising to see people choose to download games first. They will need to buy them to play online, which is how everyone wants to play. Eg: I got CoD:WAW for Christmas.. i can't even play the game because of constant freezes, the black screen error etc. They are common problems that the majority of people seem to be having with the game. Games are not cheap here, and with games being released in this state, im amazed more people aren't downloading them first to see if they are going to actually run properly before going out and purchasing.

steelydoctorwu
steelydoctorwu

Not to be rude but I have as much interest in Spore as I did The Sims but these Pirates are causing them to put in so much security stuff that we are not going to be able to play our legitimate games and that sucks ripe ones. File-sharing is fun but when it's causing me heartburn I have second thoughts. Please buy the games. oh but I do think a demo, even a short one for most Games would be useful.

magnumneon
magnumneon

Anyway where can I buy WOW in SEA... I want a free legitimate paid download by paying it thru SEA legal paysites like loadcentrals...

magnumneon
magnumneon

Those games listed must become MMO let's see if that is going to be pirated...if Im not going to be mistaken... Like WoW, They hit 11.5m subscribers ^^. Its fun to hear Crysis Online P2P or F2P ^^ Ow the botters and private servers? Yes...PS?They are less fun to play...bot is useless they are companies alibi for getting someones money. LIke in SRO. So if games are created to be played online with subscription or for free it will be a good business...try catching one and let levelupgames do the loading for you ^^. Online game companies just sit and look how their wallets fills in anyway... Anyway if you dont want my suggestion...I'll better deserve two thumbs down ^^. Online gaming is much better and you play a single player games wherein you can connect online by paying $49 for serial key? WHAT the!

MumzyShyGirl
MumzyShyGirl

i heard people were doing this not only because they love the game, but a little while back people couldn't make two accounts!

Dylanius
Dylanius

For a game as shallow as spore it should come as no surprise. I bought it, created a few races and got to the space age. When I realized that the space age was the end-game I quickly lost interest.

DuaMn
DuaMn

Without pirates I wouldn't be buying these games. I don't trust demos, videos and pictures. Game companies are always trying to cheat us. It is not like the old times. Now, I play, then buy if I like. Way to go pirates. I love you. Actually I bought GTA IV and now I'm thinking of using pirated one instead. It was more stabilized. DRM sucks big time. You know, I can't even play online GTA IV because Windows Live doesn't log in. So why to bother dvd and sh*t. So long R*. I hate you.

BikerPunk
BikerPunk

why monitor those who BOUGHT IT??? im going to assume its to check everything and ensure that theres no future pirating of thier games as well. Heres the thing tho, those who download and illegally play the game, will probably find the way to block outgoing messages. Peer Gaurdian is an example of a program that stops known companies/orgs from gathering information on you. Is thier list complete? of course not, but you can always stop a good majority. I think this program is a waste of a users PC resources. Put all the anti-piracy crap on the games you want...theres always, ALWAYS someone that will crack it and supply it. I buy my games. why? because without people giving the money to the companies, there wont be resources to hire people, which menas no people to work on the games, which in turn means no games, or games that lack quality. Pay the money, get the good games. sure the game prices are high...look at the cost of things around you!!! everything is costing more....production of games COSTS MORE.

lothar24
lothar24

"the most-pirated game of 2008" - say gameportals. Maybe because activation of game is "f***d up" ? (using your American common language). Because *legal* owners have to download crack to play game considering this drawback :). And this drawback comes from who ? ... Everyone knows the answer

0B3L15k_o_Li9hT
0B3L15k_o_Li9hT

DXzeke - lol, I do that too! :D I take it more as an "I see your point" button. I think the problem with the hidden post thing is that it doesn't make it explicit anywhere that getting too many negative ratings hides the post. Which, I think, is a bloody stupid idea anyway! No idea whose stupid idea that was, but things get reported it if they DESERVE to be taken off, why would it be on how many people disagree with it? People take the time to post, to make themselves heard, and it's only because of some one's blathering incompetance that they end up getting hidden! Anyway, concerning your "testing it out thing", in a way, that's what I was getting at when I said that it diddn't NEED to be the way it works any more. Aphorism alert: Knowledge is power! Although, in many ways, I'm enviable of them, as it's *kinda* like a whole Soma, ignorance is bliss thing- they don't have their ears prick up everytime a siren goes by, or lie in bed fearing an early morning Bosh Knock, if you know what I mean. PS. Dude, you totally need an avatar, cos I'd never spot you if I was scanning down a page. See you around dude, and maybe you'll come to the Dark Side ;) *Yaharrr!* Cast of, and set sail for Port Diablo!

DXZeke
DXZeke

Side Note: I find it rather interesting that there's 5 people that have posted in this topic against Piracy and thus have received so many negative thumbs down that their posts are hidden. You might not like what They or I have said. Pisses me off a bit that I've been respectful towards you guys but you tank my posts since it's against your point of view. It's not like I went out and gave every one of you a "thumbs down" on all of your posts (especially the posts that were extremely weak responses). I even gave Anthrax88 and 0B3L15k_o_Li9hT a "Thumbs up" for their well spoken opinions. Your majority is a swell group! *applauds* Hope the majority of you get busted at some point. I can't wait to hear the excuses then....

DXZeke
DXZeke

****PC Games have not gone up in Price. They've remained at $50 or less. Console game prices are what went up. Cheap good games get pirated as well. There's plenty of Casual games and PC games that have been out for a few months or even a year that are "Budget" priced at $19.99 that still get pirated. What do you normally do when you can't afford to pay for something? You don't buy it! ****What I don't understand is the whole "Entitlement" issues that the Pirate community has - as well as this younger generation of 35yrs old and Under. Why is ok for you to "test" things out when regular consumers aren't aware of the channels that the Piracy community operates on? You think you're better than the average person? That you should have special rights just because you can crack programs that the average people can't? Still, stealing is stealing be it Digitally or with your own hands. It's a crime and until it's not legally, again, the Piracy community has nothing that can be used for any kind of legal defense when someone is arrested. ****I'm going to pose two questions again (a new one and an old one): 1. Ubisoft confirmed that Prince of Persia on the PC will not have DRM of any kind. How many of you are going to buy the game legitimately or "test it out to see if it works...?" 2. IF this was your game that you made and were selling for $20 per copy and you found that you had only sold a legit 10,000 copies ($200,000 in sales), but there were at least 50,000 illegal downloads online ($500,000 in lost sales). That it wouldn't piss you off that people stole copies of your game and shorted you out of a big chunk of money?

OptimusMegatron
OptimusMegatron

Cant really blame those people who download pirated copy, maybe they cant afford to buy games. Games r not cheap these day. Maybe if pc games were cheaper, it will drastically reduce piracy... Maybe... ...Or not....

snake289
snake289

Proof that DRM fails EA 'Nuff said.

0B3L15k_o_Li9hT
0B3L15k_o_Li9hT

Yeah yeah dude! It's a terrible invasion of privacy, and the worst thing is is that it's not even an issue to those who do pirate games- it's not entirely unlike chopping someone's hand off INCASE they steal something. And I don't mean in terms of punishing them for something they haven't done, either. I'm talking about intentionally and knowingly inhibiting them and taking away their rights as though they WERE criminals. Also, don't get me wrong: I'm not, saying it isn't illegal to download games, I'm just saying that the law is almost powerless to stop it, the industry are almost powerless to stop it. Of course that's not to say it makes it right because yes, it is still against the law. Concerning demos, they are sort of obsolete these days: I P2Ped Crysis just to see if it would run on my computer, and I've neither bought it, nor played on it any more than was necessary to see just *how* jerky it got, lol. FYI, total melt down with all settings on high, and I hope Packard Bell go in to administration for selling such a crap graphics card with a quad core system, lol. I have also downloaded the Orange Box- know why? Because I bought Half-Life 2 a few years ago, and had no internet (so I totally know what you mean about making it clear on the box!), so I couldn't even play it, and the shop wouldn't take it back cos it was against their policy to accept PC returns. At some point over the following years, I lost the registration code= £35 wasted, and I couldn't ge the crack to work, so, basically, had no choice. I have no idea how to stop piracy, but the only way I can imagine would be if there was some way that the law could be changed to make it no longer illegal (yes, I am sort of being facetious, but that's the only way it will stop). Oh, and I'm afraid I have to disagree with you again (lol, I'm not intentionally making a point of doing it ;) ) although I haven't done it yet, I have been very tempted to download Spore just because it has DRM- and I don't even want to play it cos it just looks like a rip off of Populous. Because of this, I'd count myself as one of the 1.7 million from whom EA has not lost any money from, because I wouldn't have bought it in the first place.

DXZeke
DXZeke

0B3L15k_o_Li9hT, ****At least there's some of us on here that have been civil about this from both side of the room - Gamespot could have an interesting Story Article that could be BIG using the intelligent gamespot.com posters. Make this issue more important because it is on both sides. ****Why did these Publishers & Developers start using DRM in the first place? Because it's a lot easier to Pirate a PC game than it is a console game right now (since modding a console isn't as easy as downloading a cracked file). The above titles that use DRM are huge releases from said companies and people were going to Pirate the games even if DRM wasn't on them. It's easy to use the excuse of "since they had DRM it made us want to crack them and pirate them more." So you're saying that before the DRM was on there no one had any real interest in Fallout 3, Crysis, and GTA4??? Those are some of the highest rated games ever released! That being said... DRM software is a huge invasion of privacy. Putting it on a person's PC without telling them is ludicrous. It's malware and spyware. Having the user be locked into 3 installs sucks. The only way to get around that is too reformat your hard drive which is a pretty crappy thing for a consumer to have to do in order to play a game again. Currently the only way too legally try before you buy is from demo downloads (console and PC) and game rentals (consoles). Everything else is considered illegal. Thus it would be nice to see a different way for PC gamers to get a chance to "try before you buy." That how ever does require extra work from the developers. Until there's a LEGAL way for PC owners to try out games (outside of a demo or shareware) downloading in any form is what it is. Illegal. ****The solution to this problem is a sort of easy one. Copy what Steam and iTunes does. In order to activate your copy you must log into a central server. Those programs allow you to active a copy for up too 3-5 PCs. Problem solved for honest consumers that are buying the product. No more invasive DRM. You'd only need a dialup connection in order to activate thus those few without an internet connection could still play the game. Publishers would have to clearly label the box that says "online connection needed too activate this game." ****I do pose this question to those that download. IF this was your game that you made and were selling for $20 per copy and you found that you had only sold a legit 10,000 copies ($200,000 in sales), but there were at least 50,000 illegal downloads online ($500,000 in lost sales). That it wouldn't piss you off that people stole copies of your game and shorted you out of a big chunk of money? Ok, some can say "the game got bad reviews." What happens when the game gets critical acclaim (like World of Goo)? What's the excuse and reasoning for downloading those copies without paying for them?

0B3L15k_o_Li9hT
0B3L15k_o_Li9hT

DXZeke - like you, I'm not after a flaming match, but I'm going to disagree with your point, because, actually, it doesn't HAVE to be how the economy works, not any more. In the past you bought a game, regretted listentening to the review who recommended it, and regretted paying 30-40 quid for it. Now you can download it, play it, and, if you're inclined, buy it when it's at a more sensible price. I don't like stealing, but at the same time, I don't like gambling- it's just the lesser of two evils at the moment. Also, apropos DRM, I won't be installing a game more than 5 times, not likely over 2 times, and nor will I be selling on my games, but it's the principle- we're allowed to install them and sell them on, LEGALLY. Being able to sell a game on when we've finished with it is a big part of the benefit of owning the game. Ergo, they steal our rights, we steal their IP: if we can't use our own property in the way in which we want, why would we buy it when we can download it for nowt and enjoy the same rights as we would have done were we to spend money on it?

Inconnux
Inconnux

First of all I don't pirate ... I just boycott. I was looking forward to spore but EA with its idiotic DRM has completely lost my business. PC games just need a good demo. I tried the demo for Left4Dead and bought it via steam... (no royalties for you EA!) I will always buy quality and ignore the rest.

TUNEwon
TUNEwon

hey megamanfan FYI PS3 has always had usb support, meaning keyboard and mouse. I use it all the time.

megamanfanx7
megamanfanx7

Out of just these 10, I want 5 of them, and won't be getting any of them until DRM features are gone like Bioshock. DRM is ridiculous and knowing how quickly I go through computers (I usually get a new one every 2 years or so) I wouldn't be able to play any of them in 10 or so years. If only consoles had mouse and keyboard support...

KabutoHunter
KabutoHunter

EA only has themselves to blame for this. Did including all those overbearing DRM features stop piracy?? No. Did it drive people away from buying the game? Yes, myself included. Perhaps this will be a lesson learned for the industry. Or perhaps they'll just claim they need ever more severe DRM next time. Heck, why not just have us pay $50 for the box, and forget the game entirely. That'll stop those pirates, eh? DRM does not in any way stop piracy, it only encourages it. Quit forcing it on us and we'll buy your stupid games!!

jknight5422
jknight5422

The biggest problem with SecuROM and the like is that after you buy a game, when you are done, you can't sell it off. The DRM has removed whatever licenses are on the disk. Making the game disposable & destroying the used markets, which also keeps the price from dropping on the cost of games, as it used to have. However, if one looks at console games, you are indeed allowed to resell the game when you are done with it. The security placed on the PC games like Spore is far more intrusive than it is for any console game & that is just ridiculous. The downloads on bitTorrent hopefully will send a message to the game publishers to curb the security down, especially when it doesn't work!!

army12bc
army12bc

DRM should be illegal considering it messes with other legitimate software on your computer. the companies that make that software should use EA tactics against them and SUE!!!!!

Jose_Rizal
Jose_Rizal

Gears of War 2 not coming to PC. This is just a glimpse of the future. This is gonna be the next DRM. Again I ask, what have piracy done to help OUR gaming community?

DXZeke
DXZeke

Anthrax88, You come off well spoken and I'm NOT attacking you as a person. I'm not defending these big publishers. I'm defending the Developers who are the ones that lose out when a game (good or bad) doesn't sell. There is ZERO justification for stealing ANY WORK that people make. Music, Movies, Games, etc. I don't go into a furniture store and take their chairs and use them at my home for a few weeks to "test them out" for free. I don't make calls on my cell phone during peek hours and refuse to pay the bill because "I wanted to test out the connection." I don't go to a restaurant and eat the food then walk out on the bill and tip to "test out the food." We all pay for things that we end up saying "that sucked" but it's how the economy works. The great part about Videogames, Movies, Books, and Music is that we have reviews and user reviews to look too... and in some cases demos of games and clips of songs. Going online and downloading all these WORKS by pirating them for free is stealing. Period. There's no judge in America, Canada, or Europe that's going to say "You know, you're Entitled to use this for free without paying!" You'd all be arrested and prosecuted if caught... it's how it is. ****** I will say that I'm getting sick of the Pirate community being reamed as "Nerds in the parents basement." Pirates are every walk of life. Rich, Poor, Jocks to Nerds... I think "Pirates" get the wrong rap about who they are. The problem is there's no justifying Pirating on any level. If you hate a company and their product just don't use it Period. Don't steal it... pay for it or walk away from it. ****** PC Games are already $10-30 less than console games so people using the "they're more expensive" defense need to use something else. If you can't afford to buy games at their current price then don't buy it... or save for it. Pirating it to see if it's worth it is the same as going to a store and stealing the game from the shelf. I agree, games are too short now. If you don't pay for them or even pirate them then as you said, the companies will stop making games altogether OR actually make less games that have more MEAT too them. The problem is the MASSES want quick fix. Thus the used game industry being so large. Play it and Trade it for the next fix a couple weeks later. As for games not being cut in prices due to poor sales.... Here are some examples of games released in the last 2 months!!! Legendary (released 2 weeks ago!!! just dropped 20 bucks) Sonic Unleashed (out a week!!! and dropped 10 bucks) Guitar Hero World Tour (just dropped 10 dollars) Operation Darkness (dropped 10 bucks) Baha Edge of Control (dropped 20) Civilization (just dropped 20 bucks) Fracture (just dropped 20 bucks) Facebreaker (just dropped 20 bucks) These games were sales disappointments and their prices were cut accordingly. They didn't raise them. The cut them. So sub par games do get price cuts... and sometimes GREAT GAMES that didn't sell well get the price cut too.

hedgy1
hedgy1

You know what? I'm really starting to like Stardock's approach to DRM, internet activation, and all that crap. They don't. They believe that if you make a good game, people will buy it. And hey! It's not on the list! None of them are! Everyone who wanted their games went out and bought them because they are good games. This is probably irrelevant to the recent comment stream developments, but whatever.

pwndOo
pwndOo

All of you are right... in some point. But, the piracy makes the devs angry. So they make programs, which allows you to install it only 3 times. And who is the loser here? Buyers... Spore is a great game but i'm not spending 55 € on something i can install 5 times -.-. Also, i hate when i buy a game and some1 pirated my key (CoD4!) and i can't play the game, the companys just say:we dont care.

tundra_no_caps
tundra_no_caps

Some of us live in places where a game takes over a week or two to arrive, so they download the game, and then buy it (shocking, I know), they just want to be amongst those who get to play it early. And sometimes it's a saver, when you find out the game keeps on freezing, and that while the gameplay itself is outstanding, you want to tear your hair out. Better to find out and not pay for a thing you'll uninstall after 4 hours, half of them spent in frustration.

Leon47
Leon47

hahaha, they downloaded these games, coz they just want to test it if it's worth to buy it...

StevenHawking
StevenHawking

Not to promote Piracy, but being able to play an entire game to see how it is to you is very important. If you pay for a bad game, it only tells developers to make more, and if you have a way of playing them without having to pay, you can filter out the bad by only buying the worthwhile titles.

kcabclark
kcabclark

I'm a PC gamer and the thought of going to a console doesn't thrill me. My favorite thing about PCs, is that you can build it yourself, fully customize your machine just like the old motorheads did with their cars back in the day. Dropping in a new cpu or gpu is like getting a new motor with a turbo on it. Then put it up against the newest game and see how well it performs. To me thats almost as exciting the the game itself! If consoles could be sold where I could make faster or have better graphics than next guys, as far as piracy, I always buy the games that are worth it, but I do like to test them first.

jonaadams
jonaadams

I buy my games because its the right thing to do. I mean, heck, I don't work for free, I get paid so should game componies. To sit there and try to rationalize why it is your stealing is just a way to justify in your own mind why your doing something wrong. If its not one excuse than it would be another. Why would a companies continue to produce games that don't pay. Ever notice PC games priced on release day are $50 or $ 30 sometimes as low as $20. What do you pay for a console game $60, even if the title stinks. Thieves are ruining the best part of the game industry. The PC.

perfect_chao
perfect_chao

I'd rather buy FPS games. My fave games anyway and boohoo to the cheapskates who download those great games, because you wont be able to play them online without the genuine CD key! and that is where most of the games are fun nowadays, online! i mean who plays single player anymore.. rofl

jeff_d5
jeff_d5

Just goes to show PC exclusive games are not gonna get you alot of money, why cant these game makers just make there darn games for 360, ps3 and pc it would help them to earn more money and people more happy i dont care about the quality of the darn game. I just prefer the convenience of platform choice, i only buy games for the pc if its multiplayer and 50+ hours of replay. Like get crysis on the PS3 already and i will so buy it. Oh and the spyware thing is just soooo low for a company, its like punching children in the groin, takeing there candy away while kicking sand in there eyes.

BloodMist
BloodMist

Yeeeah, when you use DRM that pisses people off, you're gonna get pirated the most, to be sure.Kind of hilariously ironic, isn't it?

Anthrax88
Anthrax88

"DxZeke: Again. Stealing doesn't send the right message. Not buying a movie, CD, or game does. When a publisher sees that NO ONE cared for the product" This won't help. They won't lower the prices of games even if the sales and pirating drops. They will just move on to something that will make them more money and stop making games. IF they were any intelligent they should see the pirating as people that are potential customers who won't pay the price put today. But then, they aren't intelligent they are just money hungry bastards. I actually believe they'd raise the prices before they lower it. With the reason being, "We're selling so little so we have to have a higher price to gain a profit" Instead of lowering the price to get more buyers. People DO buy games that are worth their money. It's just that no games today are worth the money. Why should anyone pay $40-$60 for a game lasting 6-8 hours? They're just trying to rip people off and get rich at the same time. Maybe the companies should stop spending so much money on anti-pirating and put that money into making GOOD games that last for more than a day. If I'm going to pay $40-$60 on a game for my PC it sure as hell is going to have to be over 50+ hours of game time and replayable. But noo, the companies put everything into anti-pirating and graphics and totally forget story and stuff to do in the game, so that you have to get the best computer to even be able to play the thing without lag throughout the game. I'm sick of the big greedy PC-gaming companies who throw out 100 half-done games per year trying to get every bit of our money. And I'm sick of all you trying to defend these companies. Just be quiet and realize that everyone can't afford a high tech computer that's even able to play the latest games. And much less buying every half-done game that come out there. If they want my money they better start making good games again with a lengthy story and some re-play value or really good online play so i can spend weeks or months playing it, and not just some hours. "redneckdouglas:Funny how people can dish out $1000 for PC but refuse to pay for games." Wow aren't you the genius of the week. Maybe everyone doesn't "dish" out $1000 for a PC. And maybe those who do saved for it for a few months before they could afford it because that's what they need to even be able to play some of these new games. And why would they spend another $1000 dollars on half-done games that together last a week then?

kye3k1
kye3k1

its not refusing to pay for games, its more refusing to have DRM software on their PCs, so because of this they will simply get a DRM FREE yet illegal (defeats the point of DRM) game and play that instead, just so happens getting the "better" copy of the game is free. unfortunately I pay for my games and I force myself to do so. I will be going all out consoles in the near future because not only do we get more bugs than ever (GTA IV and fall out 3) but we are hammered with DRM... and for what? To encourage us to do illegal acts?! It's absurd

redneckdouglas
redneckdouglas

Funny how people can dish out $1000 for PC but refuse to pay for games.

White_Wolf_Kiba
White_Wolf_Kiba

F4ll3n_1, and everyone else. I want you to understand this. The DRM in Spore and Mass Effect isn't there to prevent piracy, everyone knew the games would get cracked and that the pirated versions of these games would work better, even EA knew this. The real reason behind the DRM is to prevent sales and trading of used games, that is, to force the average person who doesn't understand much about how computers and games work or how they should work to spend more than they should. THE only reason this DRM was put in place was to literally steal more money from people, it wasn't meant to protect the product against piracy.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Most overrated game of the year... wouldn't even be worth pirating. Hopefully Mr. Wright will have his focus back when SimCity 5 is on its way.

F4ll3n_1
F4ll3n_1

Well this proves only one thing to EA (which we all knew, but apparently they didn't) - that DRM doesn't blinking work!! 1.7million copies pirated....thats errrrm.....almost the same as what they shifted legally. 2 million consumers' PCs were harmed by SecuROM in the making of this game then....1.7million pirates were not.

Master_I
Master_I

pfft Ash6t6 - u moron - u dnt think Xbox copys are just as easy to get? its just they cant produce figures like they can for pcs...Durrr