I recently purchased Spore for my computer. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m normally not much of a gamer, especially computer games, but I had heard so many great things about it that I thought why not?
When I got it fully installed, though, I started running into a few problems, namely, EAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and SecuROMÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s extensive digital rights management software. If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve tried playing Spore (or other titles by EA), youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve maybe run into SecuROMÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s overarching DRM. In fact, I believe SecuROM goes beyond simple DRM and enters the realm of DRF: Digital Rights Fascism.
Why do I use such hyperbole?
Well, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not so sure itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hyperbole really. When I first installed Spore, it started giving me hell even before I was able to enter a registration code.
Did you get that? The game had already told me I used up all of my registrations with my current code BEFORE I had the chance to enter in a registration code. Apparently, Spore (along with other EA titles) installs SecuROMÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s uber-DRM on your computer without really telling you (although itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s probably buried in the T&C somewhere). The real problem comes when you try to re-install: it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t re-install SecuROM; it remains hidden on your computer for you to find on your own.
So, to find out how to rectify this, I turned to the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s repository of all knowledge: Google. My many Google searches turned up something that probably shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have surprised me: tons of people all of the world were having problems of some sort with SecuROM and SporeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s DRM. And the problems were prevalent regardless of Windows or Mac.
EAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s official website was no help either Ã¢â‚¬â€œ their final solution to all of this was to turn off programs running in the background to free up some CPU power. How was freeing up a few megs of RAM going to fix SecuROMÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s registration problems? Your guess is as good as mine.
SecuROMÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s official website was a little more promising. They have a special program for Windows that automatically finds and removes the offending SecuROM files. So at least they acknowledge that their DRM is shoddy. But again, another problem: there isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t an equivalent program for Mac.
So, back to Google. I eventually found out how to manually remove the SecuROM DRM from my computer from YouTube of all places. Once I did that, I was able to register my game and get down to playing!!
And by the way, Spore is absolutely amazing. I highly recommend it, especially if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re a fan of any of the Sim titles.