Maybe I am missing something here, but how is Impulse that different from the DRM in MassEffect?ME installs SecuROMSins requires Impulse installed to updateME no disk in driveSins no disk in driveME requires internet connection on install and content updateSins requires internet connection to register and on content updateME no secondhand salesSins no secondhand salesThe only BIG difference I can see is install limits enforced in MassEffect.How is Impulse not like a DRM more than it appears to be?It really appears SD has become more like the other BIG guys in their unique way.
Securom is a low level driver that installs and cannot be removed. It is needed to run the game.
Impulse is an optional install for patching and registering. If you do not want to patch and register, do not install it.
Furthermore, you can install it, register, patch, and then uninstall it and happily play without it installed on your system. Securom, however, cannot be removed (except with some exotic third party software or a format) and is required to actually run the game.
Impulse will also not destabilize your system, nor are there points in the game that interface with it, causing slowdown and crashes.
Impulse also allows you to install the game without the CD. Downloading the whole thing (what I do), improves the patching process by only updating the needed files, verifying the installation, and so on.
And lastly the three activation limit does not seem significant to you?