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Submission + - Bioshock PC is defective by design 4

ringbarer writes: Kotaku reports that the long-awaited spiritual successor to System Shock has a few shocks for any PC gamers who want to buy it. Customers are discovering that the 'SecuROM' anti-copying technology will only permit them to install the game twice, after which the DVD becomes nothing more than an expensive coaster. As PC Gamers are renowned for rebuilding and reinstalling their machines on a regular basis, it is clear that this will only hurt legitimate players.
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Bioshock PC is defective by design

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  • I have a game with SecuROM on it. It was given to me as a gift. I was never able to get it installed on my PC due to this broken-by-design 'feature'. It either silently fails or complains about missing OpenAL files. (Which I can guarantee are all installed. I've worked with LWJGL and JOAL enough to know that OpenAL does work on my system. Plus I tried installing the latest version of the OpenAL drivers. No luck.) If you get a game that has SecuROM on it, the best thing you can do is return it and demand a
  • by nuzak ( 959558 )
    I haven't bothered with those little plastic discs in over a year. Last game I got on CD was Fable: The Lost Chapters, because that was the only way to get it. Less than two weeks later, after I wiped the game to reinstall it (I deleted some core files, oops) the disc got scratched, so I downloaded an ISO.

    So I guess the lesson here is, use Steam or just warez the game. Copy protection only screws the law-abiding.
  • Looks like it's the usual hysterical shrieking -- the restriction is about installing it on more than two different PC's at once, due to some hardware fingerprinting not unlike MS's Activation stuff. Now SecuROM is still pretty nasty and broken, though not nearly as pernicious as StarForce, but this is not an unreasonable restriction.

    As usual, actual journalism standards are nowhere to be found, so this is heading for the front page of slashdot. I think it's time I cut down on reading all this so-called "

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