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BlitZ, The 57th

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#1 11 years ago

I'm sure you guys remember the games like spore and red alert 3? With limited installations. I don't know if this is real/true, but I heard that EA removed the limited installations on them, if I got the copies with limited installations, does it mean that I can keep installing them now? Or Do I have to get a new copy?




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#2 11 years ago

It depends on the type of limitation. Some limit the amount of simultaneous installs, some limit the total amount of installs, some only allow the game to be installed a certain amount of times within a given time period.

Some games also come with a revoke tool (Such as Arkham Asylum or Far Cry 2)


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#3 11 years ago

With Red Alert 3, they issued a patch that allowed 5 installs (total & simultaneous iirc), but that you could also regain each install by "revoking the license" before you uninstall it.

I'm not sure if there's been more updates/changes since then, as I haven't had it installed for quite some time.

An earlier patch also gave the ability to play without the disc in the drive too. (Which didn't bother me, as I bought from EA store.)

I'm not certain about Spore though, so I can't help you on that one.




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#4 11 years ago
Fyurii;5205011 An earlier patch also gave the ability to play without the disc in the drive too.

I wish every game was like that.




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#5 11 years ago

This is why you should buy from Steam more often. I know for a fact that Spore on Steam doesn't have SecuROM. Which means no limit to how many times you can install it.




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#6 11 years ago

Some games on STEAM come with the DRM that the retail does. Don't know why, STEAM itself is a great DRM system


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#7 11 years ago
gravy666;5205571This is why you should buy from Steam more often. I know for a fact that Spore on Steam doesn't have SecuROM. Which means no limit to how many times you can install it.

No thanks, I like having the actual disks.




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#8 11 years ago
*The.Doctor;5205601No thanks, I like having the actual disks.

I know that feeling.

But Valve aren't evil like Microsoft so I doubt you have to worry about purchasing a game again in the event your hard drive crashes or you get a new computer or anything along those lines.




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#9 11 years ago

Ahh, thanks guys. I was just wondering, since I might want to play them in the future.




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#10 11 years ago

I only know this from playing RA3, but EA has stated that the install limitations are only going to be kept for as long as the game continues to be profitable online (which in EA's eyes is typically a year to year and a half at the most). I know for a fact that on the steam version that Securom was removed in a patch early in 2009 in favor of Steam's built-in DRM, but I'm not sure if this was extended to other RA 3 versions.

I am reading in other places though that EA has acknowledged that it would be impossible to continue running the authentication servers for the full lifespan of games, and do feel they can remove it once they feel the risk for piracy is past. That's their words though, don't blast me.




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