Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Spore Limited to 1 Account Only

Sad news. Its a good thing you can get a Free Copy Of Spore Here!

Spore users are up in arms on the EA forums over the DRM attached to Will Wright's latest creation. Apparently the game is limited to one account per installation. This means households with multiple people who play the same game must buy multiple copies of Spore in order for each person to play. According to EA_Violet, there was a misprint with the game's manual and you can only setup one Spore account per game:

"That section in the manual was a misprint and will be corrected in future printings of the manual. There is one Spore registration/account per game/serial code so you are correct in that you cannot make multiple accounts at this time. I have sent your guys' feedback to the game team though since I can understand the desire to share a game on a system that you entire family uses."

Right about now you're probably thinking this is EA's way of milking consumers for more money, but according to another post from MaxisLucky (one of the game's developers), the EULA was designed this way for multiple reasons:

There were many reason why we chose to have one account per copy of the game - some had to do with how saved games work and some had to do with limiting the online feature only to the one person who bought the game. We aren't charging a subscription fee for the online features and given the load to our servers we were very interested in making the experience for paying customers not be slow and laggy because of many multiple accounts per copy of the game. 2x to 1000x the number of people with accounts per game equals 2x to 1000x the number of creations on the server.

Please don't take it out on the mods. They are just trying to keep things civil.

Limiting accounts to 1 install per game is unprecedented. It's pretty baffling to me that Maxis didn't foresee the backlash this would create when they designed the game. If their reason for doing this is due to online play, perhaps they should remove this prohibitive restriction for offline gameplay.

Found here.

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1 comment:

Orange'n'Brew said...

Spore looks neat, and it even looks like something I could get the wife hooked on (since she won't play WoW or Warhammer)...

But this one account per install kills that idea. She won't let me buy 2 copies just so that she can play a little bit.