The biggest problem with Spore was not just the limited activations.
Spore has Invasive DRM. The kind that messes up your entire computer.
It will kill I-Tunes, and Nero (any burning software). After you've discovered what is killing your computer you try to uninstall the game - hoping to remove the DRM from your system. Guess what - it stays in your system. My sister had to wipe her hard drive to finally eliminate all the DRM.
But what about people who don't know how to build computers? What if you don't know how to wipe a hard drive, work in dos, or tell the difference between a hard drive and a CD drive? Those people are the ones who are blindsided by this atrocity.
Everyone has been saying, "DRM is the worst mistake game companies have ever made". Which made me think of something a bit scary - what if it wasn't a mistake?
The big game compaines want people to buy consoles. Consoles cost a lot of money...you can't repair them yourself...the games even cost more. I avoid consoles because I can't afford them. I'll just buy a new video card if my computer can't keep up with my new game. It's much cheaper than the console nonesense.
It's almost like they are trying to make PC games so troublesome that everyone switches to consoles. They get more money in the long run. The longer the boycott drags on, the less PC games will be made. Perhaps to the point of no PC games at all.
Please remember the above statement is just a theory - I'm just throwing it out there - to give everyone a new angle to look at this issue from.
Feel free to call my crazy!