Following the outcry and class action lawsuit brought against Electronic Arts in the wake of the Spore release, you’d think someone might think twice about including exactly the same much-derided digital rights management (copy protection) software SecuROM on the Crysis expansion pack, too.
Apparently not, as Crysis Warhead has shown. No surprise then that fans of the original game are at least as outraged as people were about Spore. Check out the Amazon reviews if you want proof. Stats at time of writing: 79 consumer reviews, average rating 2 stars, 60 reviews of 1 star, 13 of 5 stars, the rest occupying the middle ground.
I was about to buy it through Steam, but this has seriously put me off. Quite possibly, it wouldn’t affect me at all, since I’m not a developer and don’t run software that SecuROM considers problematic (like Microsoft’s Process Explorer).
But I really feel that it’s wrong to support the principle of this kind of behaviour. SecuROM is insidious software that installs itself more or less without a user’s knowledge, restricts the number of installs you can make, is difficult to remove, often grants itself access to privileged administrative levels, can cause system instability, and conflicts with other – perfectly legitimate – software.
Maybe the closest I’ll get to seeing the latest Crysis in action is the trailer…