Sheesh! Spore is still more than 90% one-star ratings on Amazon. Yes, because of the copy protection.
As someone who bought and installed Spore legal-like, lemme add my words to the fray.
First, the fact that it checks to make sure you're valid when you log in to play on-line. That passes muster in my book because you're logging in to play on-line. You're logging in as a specific player to share content with other players. I don't know how you could do that without verification.
Second, the fact that it initially checks on-line when you install. Meh. I don't like that idea for most games, but it's an on-line game. Playing it on an offline-only computer would be a little like just playing solitaire.
Third, the fact that it is allegedly very invasive. Haven't seen that to be the case. Far as I can tell, this version doesn't rootkit, doesn't run a process in the background, doesn't really do anything other than verify that you're using the same computer. There is the hassle of running out of installs and having to ask them to clear your records, but I don't honestly see that as a problem.
Because it's already hacked.
The game's only been out for a little while, and it's already been cracked wide open. The world's "greatest" (certainly most malware-arrific) "piracy prevention system" was destroyed in less than a week.
I don't think they've got their own "gray shard" for content sharing yet, but give it a few weeks.
If I ever decide to play Spore again - maybe after they release a gameplay patch to either take out all the gameplay or put in some actual gameplay - I'm certainly going to install a cracked version.
Because I don't like invasive "piracy protection". Because I don't like it when someone installs something without telling me. Because, frankly, I don't like EA.
It's not what the protection system does. It's what it implies. It implies that they are willing to cripple long-term playability in favor of... what, exactly?
Not preventing piracy, since it takes roughly 45 minutes to download a cracked torrent. Delaying piracy two or three days?
Yeah! What a great reason to make it so I have to use the pirated version three years from now, when EA is bored of maintaining the game. Great. Thanks.