I get your point. While I don't tweak my BIOS to overclock, why would you have to uninstall games when upgrading your PC? I've done hardware upgrades, and didn't have to touch anything IN the HD. Now, about uninstalling..if you don't clean your registry, won't your registration info remain on the comp, even after uninstalling?
Because the activation is tied to the hardware hash. Change the hardware, and you change the hash. Therefore you must reactivate the game. A BIOS change is seen as a hardware change.
Sorry for OT but this thread has completely derailed.
Why do people care so passionately about 5 activation limit? Yeah ok so it's worse than unlimited but how many legitimate customers is this going to affect really? You can uninstall the game and reinstall the game later and you still have only used 1 activation. You can install this on a work PC and a home PC and still be able to change your PC 3 times before you need to contact EA.
See my above post for an explanation of why the uninstalling/reinstalling is more than unsavory.
I change my PC at most every 2 years so I get almost 10 years of play (if I install on every PC) before I need to contact EA to get new activations.
So because you're not affected it makes everyone else's complaints somehow not legitimate? What about people that do change their hardware on a regular basis? Or those that like to tinker with and tweak their systems? Are they somehow not legitimate customers?
I keep reading customers being treated like criminals but how? Pretty sure EA wouldn't allow criminals to install their game on 5 different PCs and then give them more activations when the criminals ring them up. Customers are being 'punished', well how? The people being punished are those who buy 1 game and share with all their friends, which I'm sorry but is not legitimate use.
I don't personally buy into the being treated like criminals argument. As to the people being punished being those that want to share with their friends, that's a bogus argument. The 5 activation limit actually allows you to share the game with your friends if you want. The old, simple disc check prevented you from doing that. Even if you couldn't lend it to your firends, all they need to do is DL the game from a pirate site and have it DRM free anyway. This DRM does nothing to stop piracy in any way,
I'm partly being devil's advocate as I'm not the biggest fan of EA but any thread that mentions an EA game just gets filled with a pitch fork wielding mob and nobody makes any sense. This whole anti EA thing is turning in to some kind of online religion, 1 star reviews on all sites, bashing EA on every forum on the internet. And I'm absolutely certain that the vast majority of the Zealots who join this anti-EA crusade haven't even been adversely affected by Securom.
Quite possibly they haven't. Most of those are probably offended in principle, and they have every right to be. I personally have been bitten by SecuROM. Twice. I don't pirate games. I don't even have any of the blacklisted software on my rig. But I was locked out of BioShock after adding another hard drive. That's a second drive for storage purposes, not a new one for the OS. I'm one of those peolpe that overclock their rig and upgrade a piece of hardware frequently. I buy all my games. Why do I need to deal with this crap as an honest and paying customer? The pirates don't.
On the other side of the fence I hate the way Securom makes resale worthless now and I feel sorry for people that get hit by poor coding and have to ring EA when their PC starts going tits up.
The resale issue is just another in the long list.
But it's not just when it goes tits up. It can be for may other reasons as well. So you're stuck with either getting on the phone to tech support and paying by the minute, or you have to go through e-mail channels. If the former, you can easily rack up enough charges to actually have been better off just buying the game again (which EA would love, don't you think?). If the latter, you can wait days before you get it resolved. If you want to sit down and play your game on Friday, waiting until Monday or Tuesday before you can actually start the damned thing doesn't look all that appealing does it? Wouldn't you be pissed off that you'd paid 50 or more dollars for a game and you can't play it? And then, even if you do get another activation, god help you if something goes wrong on your rig again and you have to go through the process once more. Rinse and repeat.
Now, extrapolate that above scenario to every game you have installed on your rig. That's what you'll be facing if this type of DRM starts appearing on all games going forward (which is waht EA wants to do, and now other publishers are starting to jump on the bandwagon as well). Is that what you want to deal with? Do you begin to see why people are complaining? It's not the pirates complaining. They don't give a rat's ass.