The small game store I bought this from (well actually, I traded two games in exchange for SoaSE and another game) has a policy of not taking used copies of games that use DRM methods like SoaSE does. They obviously won't take anything by Valve since they, like everyone else, know what the deal is with Steam. But how the fuck are they supposed to be aware of every single DRM-crippled game in existence? The packaging of SoaSE has no description of its DRM system, no warning that a used copy is as useless as a bucket of diarrhea. If Ironclad and Stardock want to fuck over people who buy used games they could at least have the fucking decency of warning them about it. I'm pretty sure I'll get a refund from the store, but what if I didn't? Maybe the developers and publishers have houses built of gold bricks and the flesh of illegal immigrants, but I sure as fuck do not.
I keep hearing that SoaSE doesn't use DRM, but that's obviously a bold-faced lie, or perhaps some kind of myth, sort of like how people still keep claiming that you can't play Crysis without a $5000 PC, or that we only use 10% our brains. It's all obvious bullshit, yet people keep buying into it. I guess when you tell someone that SoaSE has no DRM you're supposed to wink at fellow players in a knowing, conspiratorial way. SoaSE has as much DRM as any game from EA or Ubisoft, but at least you won't hear people claim that Spore has no DRM. I feel like I'm watching the emperor in his new clothes, except I'm the only one who can see he's naked.
The thing about traditional copy protection is that if I sell the game I can't play the installation anymore, and I can forget about reinstallations. Kind of like how if I sell my bicycle I can't ride it anymore. That's fair and makes sense. But with SoaSE I can sell the physical copy without any loss of functionality whatsoever! Shit, I can even download it again and again free of charge. That's pretty fucked up because even as you're using crippling DRM that renders used copies inert, you also encourage people to sell their physical copies because there's no disadvantage to doing so.
These DRM scams are just pure fucking greed. Not only do you want to keep doing business as usual by selling physical copies in stores, but you also want to prevent people from reselling those copies so you get even more money, or at least get to gleefully fuck over the unwashed lower classes who aren't rolling around in money. What's more, it's all tied to some program that controls access and/or updates to the game, just in case people forget that they aren't allowed to really own anything, only their corporate masters are. Newsflash: Steam is a warning, not an example to be followed.
PC gaming is quickly becoming unbearable, and the additional cost of console games is more than enough to compensate for their lack of DRM bullshit. Piracy is the only thing that can save PC gaming, because only piracy seems to send the message that people are fed up with DRM and "licensing" games rather than buying them. If SoaSE is supposed to be the great hope of PC gaming (yes, people really seem to think this way) then I assure you that PC gaming is well and truly fucked. I'll probably get SoaSE from The Pirate Bay, since it's the only reasonable choice given to me, and I'm not going to purchase anything from Stardock et al in the future.