Ken Levine Received Some Nasty Threats Over BioShock's DRM

Spore may be getting slammed by gamers for it’s insane copy protection now, but it’s certainly not the first game to be thrashed for that reason. In an interview with PC Zone, Ken Levine revealed that BioShock’s DRM caused a smaller uproar for only allowing the game to be installed on two machines at the same time.

“When we had the copy protection issues come out, I was out there talking about the product, I didn’t run away from that. And frankly I got some nasty f***ing threats. I think it’s important that somebody takes responsibility, and at the end of the day my job as creative director is to sort of be the arbiter of taste.”

Of course, BioShock’s copy protection at least allowed you to get one of your installs back if you uninstalled the game, whereas Spore’s does not. I actually remember the stir BioShock’s DRM caused, and it’s a little disconcerting to see that things haven’t gotten better in the past year at all.


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7 Comments on Ken Levine Received Some Nasty Threats Over BioShock's DRM


On September 10, 2008 at 2:09 pm

Hey their trying to protect their stuff they made from pirates. I always uninstall a game that I have beaten and await for a new one to play :D


On September 10, 2008 at 2:47 pm

The problem is they only hurt the people who bought the game with DRM and not the pirates.

Just as well the revoke tool was only after a period of time of which was too late for most people who already lost all 3 activations.

Now they at least did the right thing by removing it but that’s a year later…


On September 10, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Hah, this is the same thing EA did to Spore!


On September 10, 2008 at 2:49 pm

But it NEVER works. EVER. The only people DRM’s affect are the people who legally purchase the game rather than download it.


On September 10, 2008 at 5:07 pm

You’d think companies would eventually learn that this sort of draconian DRM is easily avoided by pirates and thus it’s not effective. Literally -all- you are doing is hurt your sales.


On September 11, 2008 at 10:58 am

Remember when you paid for something you actually got 100% of the product? Those were great times.


On September 11, 2008 at 2:13 pm

I bought Spore, didn’t install the EA download manager, copied the crack over. VOILA! Game works just fine. I can use online etc… I’ve got it on four systems.

Activations used: NONE.