BioShock Can Only be Installed on Two PCs at a Time


It seems people over at the BioShock forums have been up in arms over news that the PC version of BioShock can only be installed twice. Apparently, that’s kind of true, but it’s not the full story. Originally people thought that once you installed the game, uninstalled it, and finally re-installed it again, the disc was rendered pretty much useless. In actuality, you can uninstall and reinstall to your heart’s content, provided you keep it contained to two computers. Each time you install your copy of the game, it sends an activation code to 2K’s server, alerting them each time it’s been installed. The same goes for when you uninstall it, so essentially you can only have the game on two separate computers at once. It’s all part of their anti-piracy software, and yes, the same goes for the digitally downloaded version as well.

So, it’s really not as bad as it seemed. Basically, if you lend the game to a friend, make sure they uninstall it when they’re done. And if your computer breaks down and you can’t uninstall it? No problem; just phone up Securom and tell them what happened. Of course, if you call every few minutes to get the game unlocked, they might start to get suspicious.

Via Voodoo Extreme

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used cisco

On August 22, 2007 at 3:29 pm

I give it about 72 hours until someone sniffs the packets that get sent when it gets uninstalled and writes a little shell app that will make it look like you unistalled it, or better yet a fix so that it will install without communicating to anyone.


On August 22, 2007 at 3:38 pm

it will be cracked, its a matter of time


On August 22, 2007 at 3:53 pm

god forbid you dont pirate a game…


On August 22, 2007 at 5:40 pm

I hope that this DRM is fixed soon. Once 2K fixes it, or a scene group makes a patch or something to fix it, I actually will go down to the store and buy the game.


On August 22, 2007 at 8:26 pm

Posters on the 2k forums have already confirmed that uninstalling does not allow subsequent activations. Apparently 2k lied. Additionally, people have already contacted SecuROM and were told that they had reached their activation limit, and that SecuROM would do nothing.

The people behind SecuROM and the people who made the decision to use this utterly asinine copy protection scam all deserve to be shot. Into the sun.

Phil Migrowen

On August 23, 2007 at 11:12 am

“So, it’s really not as bad as it seemed.”

Oh, it is as bad. What’s even worse is that the deceiving bastards at Take 2 and Irrational didn’t disclose this little gem BEFORE their customers had already paid their money. Ever wonder why there are no refunds on opened game software? So publishers can pull like this.


On August 12, 2008 at 1:12 pm

LOL, it wouldn’t work for someone without internet, since the game has to send the install information to a server :roll: