Please big brother.. can I play the games I bought?

Well, now.. The publishers of Mass effect, and Spore are going to piss a lot of people off with this one. 

According to a post on the Mass Effect (BioWare’s) website from Derek French (BioWare, Technical Producer):

 

Mass Effect uses SecuROM and requires an online activation for the first time that you play it. Each copy of Mass Effect comes with a CD Key which is used for this activation and for registration here at the BioWare Community. Mass Effect does not require the DVD to be in the drive in order to play, it is only for installation.

After the first activation, SecuROM requires that it re-check with the server within ten days (in case the CD Key has become public/warez’d and gets banned). Just so that the 10 day thing doesn’t become abrupt, SecuROM tries its first re-check with 5 days remaining in the 10 day window. If it can’t contact the server before the 10 days are up, nothing bad happens and the game still runs. After 10 days a re-check is required before the game can run.

So what that is saying is:
      A) after purchasing the game you must request access to play it
      B) you better have an Internet connection or  you are SOL.
      C) and the company doesn’t trust you enough not give a copy to your friends.

How’s that for stupid?  Really, because I’m willing to bet money on the fact that the copy protection with a NO CD check crack will be out with in 10 minutes of the games release.  Then people will want to use the pirated copy because it’s easier to install and use and no don’t need to worry about being online, and/or SecuROM messing with your computer.

Thanks again EA about worrying about the almighty dollar, rather then your customers.  Try just using Steam next time.

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[Update: 5/12/08] 

BioWare spokespersons told [Kotaku] “To all the fans including our many friends in the armed services and internationally who expressed concerns that they would not be able re-authenticate as often as required, EA and BioWare want you to know that your feedback is important to us.”

So they have been listening!  Well and reading pretty much all the hate mail on the ‘net about all this stupid copyright BS.  so NOW, it’s pretty much the same thing, only no it only authenticates the first time you play, then re-authenticates when you download new content.  But you can still only install the game 3 times.
additional activations can be achieved by phoning EA support.   Which, I’m betting, would be like phoning Comcast customer support.

More on the MASS EFFECT sex scandal…

More PROOF that Fox ‘news’ has no idea what they are talking about.  What’s up with this crap??!
Shouldn’t the news report in a truthful, forthcoming manner?  Shouldn’t the news be reporting well, THE NEWS?

This isn’t news.  This is troll bait.
But it does make me want a copy of the game these idiots are playing.

Even children are smart enough to know that jumping on a person is NOT going to make a coin pop out of their ass.
studies or no studies…

Grrrrrrrrrr.. Stupid Humans.

Cooper Lawrence doesn’t realize the power of the dark side…

Fox News’ Expert Backs Down From Xbox ‘Mass Effect’ Sex-Scene Attack
But author Cooper Lawrence questions gamers’ method of revenge.

By Stephen Totilo
Comments by ‘The PogoWolf’

Nearly a week after slamming the Xbox 360 role-playing game “Mass Effect” on Fox News for its sexual content, author and psychology expert Cooper Lawrence backed down on some of her comments and took gamers to task for their chosen method of revenge. Lawrence’s response followed several days of Internet frenzy that made her the most disliked person in the video game blogosphere and resulted in several hundred scathing reviews of her newest book on Amazon. While Lawrence hasn’t completely retracted her comments, she has offered some clarification.

I can’t believe that a psychology expert wouldn’t have known what would happen to her for doing something like this. 
What did she expect?   Flowers and Candy?

“In hindsight, I would have liked to have had the opportunity to play this game before appearing on the program,” Lawrence said in a statement released to MTV News by her publicist. “As a developmental-psychology expert, I was asked to appear on this particular show to discuss the broader issue of video games and their impact on developing adolescents, not as an expert on ‘Mass Effect.’ “

Then you shouldn’t have opened your mouth about ‘the facts’ nor about wanting to go after Mr. Keighley whom was was TRYING to reason with you.  I’m not a psychology expert but I can see when someone is trying to back peddle in order to save face and what little sell-ability she might have left.  Try studying something worthy.  Like how the NEWS effects children.  

Lawrence had earned gamers’ scorn because of her appearance on Fox News’ “Live Desk With Martha MacCallum”on January 21 opposite game journalist Geoff Keighley to discuss the report that “Mass Effect” allegedly features “full digital nudity and sex.” Keighley — and later, thousands of gamers on message boards — said the report was inaccurate, that the M-rated game was not filled with sex, just one network-TV-friendly sex scene late in the 30-hour game. Electronic Arts, which owns the studio behind “Mass Effect,” called upon Fox News for a correction.

On Saturday Lawrence told The New York Times that before the Fox News report about the game’s sex scene began, she “had asked somebody about what they had heard, and they had said, ‘It’s like pornography.’ But it’s not like pornography. I’ve seen episodes of ‘Lost’ that are more sexually explicit.”

She must have talked to the same ‘gamers’ that Kevin McCullough did.   Who are these posers and why do people listen to them?  

In her statement provided to MTV News, Lawrence didn’t back down completely. She said she recognized she misspoke when she had said the game involves a man “deciding how many women he wants to be with.” But she said, “I firmly stand by the research I cited that violence and sexual content in video games has a desensitizing effect on young developing minds.” Among her research was a University of Maryland report that found male gamers more willing to accepting stereotypes in games than female gamers.

What research?  You stated ONE research conclusion and didn’t speak of the 100’s of others that state there is no correlation. The same findings found about Music, Movies, TV, Radio and even Books.   Why must people bash a medium they don’t understand because they can’t look at themselves for the real reason why children are messed up?   She is stirring up just another witch hunt.  Something that gets the media attention, and helps her sell her book.  You and I both know she has no real interest in children and their developing minds.  Only about how many hard copies she can sell.

Lawrence’s comments were only part of the story last week. Gamers took matters into their own keyboards by attacking her where they thought it would hurt — on the Amazon.com listing for the book that was plugged during her Fox News appearance, “The Cult of Perfection: Making Peace with Your Inner Overachiever.” Within a few days, the listing featured more than 400 scathing user reviews, many by gamers who admitted to not reading her book but said they should be allowed to lambaste it anyway, as they felt she had done to the video game.

As of today, however, most of those reviews have been deleted, and Amazon now only lists 52 reader reviews. They still have a negative slant: There are 45 one-star reviews; seven two-star review, all written after Lawrence’s Fox News appearance. But any reviews that mentioned video games or “Mass Effect” by name are gone.

Typical of those that do still appear is a review that states: “How can you judge something, without ever doing it? Well, this woman seems to make a living off it. Please do not let yourself be wrapped up in this woman’s shenanigans. You will save yourself the headache.”

Good for you gamers, and good for you Amazon for allowing the feedback but keeping the emotional gamers in check.   SHAME on you gamers that just because you are behind a monitor can just fling cuss-words and other nasty remarks around.

In her statement Lawrence, whose name was dragged through the mud for days, addressed the review-revenge strategy. “I believe that the customer-review feature on Amazon.com is not the appropriate forum to discuss an unrelated news segment. I appeared on a news program that provides an opportunity for debate on topics that have been previously covered by the media. Amazon’s customer-reviews feature functions as a platform to review a product sold on their site, in this case my book, the topic of which does not relate to video games and/or ‘Mass Effect.’ “

If you book had nothing to do with video games THEN WHY IN THE HELL WHERE YOU ON THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE?!!?   
It’s ok to go on national TV and talk about a subject you know nothing about?  How is that Appropriate?  and what debate?  It was you stating ‘Let me at him’ and Jeff trying to talk some sense into people.  Then a panel of ‘experts’ and don’t know their ass from a C-Prompt.  

Let’s make one thing clear:
  You appeared on Fox to push your book.  
   You pushed on a subject that you didn’t have the facts about. 
   You started this whole mess.  

Don’t complain because it didn’t turn out the way you planned.

An Amazon spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment about the removal of the reviews by press time. But a debate about their removal has already stirred in the message board attached to Amazon’s “Cult of Perfection” listing. The Amazon page in question also reveals insight into just how gaming-focused the people visiting Lawrence’s listings are. After viewing the listing for “Cult of Perfection,” customers typically don’t buy a book. They buy the video games “No More Heroes” or “Advance Wars: Days of Ruin.”

Fox News has not offered a correction to the piece. A spokesman for the company told MTV News last week that the outlet is offering representatives from EA an opportunity to come on-air and say their piece.

What Fox SHOULD do is quit the Circus act, just report the NEWS,  Stop worrying so much about ratings, and get people in front of the cameras that know what the hell they are talking about.

 

[Via MTV]

 

P.S.

Yeah.. this will be my last post on the subject unless something else really upsets me. ;)

[Edit: 02/01 - The PogoWolf  - Grammar, spelling, HTML removal, and slight rewrites to make the ideas a little clearer.]

and even more on the Mass Effect Sex Scandal.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, then you know that Fox News recently ran a story on Mass Effect in which the news network labeled the BioWare developed game shows full digital nudity and sex.

As if that wasn’t enough, the report also referred to the Microsoft Xbox 360 as the “‘SE’XBOX” after the discovery of full-blown alien sex scenes in the massive RPG.

Publisher Electronic Arts, however, sent a letter to Fox News Network regarding serious errors in how Mass Effect was portrayed.

In the letter, EA’s vice president of communications Jeff Brown explained that

“Mass Effect does not include explicit or frontal nudity. Love scenes in non-interactive sequences include side and profile shots – a vantage frequently used in many prime-time television shows.”

EA also corrected Fox News’ statement about the game allowing players to have graphic sex, saying such intimate scenes in Mass Effect are not graphic and are very similar to sex sequences frequently seen on network television in prime time.
Brown didn’t fail to mention that Mass Effect is rated Mature by the ESRB, appropriate for players 17-years and older. It is not what Fox News claims to be a game marketed to kids and teenagers.

Also noted were guests in the segment that made similar incorrect statements about the game who apparently “had zero experience with Mass Effect and are largely ignorant about videogames.”

“The resulting coverage was insulting to the men and women who spent years creating a game which is acclaimed by critics for its high creative standards,” said Brown after pointing out all the errors in the report.

He admitted that “as video games continue to take audiences away from television, we expect to see more TV news stories warning parents about the corrupting influence of interactive entertainment.” Still, EA’s communications VP believes Fox News’ misinformed report “represents a new level of recklessness.”
The giant video game publisher EA haven’t made any legal moves against Fox News, and Brown clarified that the letter he sent is not a legal threat. “…it’s an appeal to your sense of fairness. We’re asking FNC to correct the record on Mass Effect,” he said in conclusion.

For those who haven’t seen Fox News’ report that caused all the commotion, a video of it is embedded below. Further down, the “via” link can lead you to the full letter published on Game Informer.  [Via Game Informer]

 

 

[Via QJ]

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