Mass Effect for PC has crappy dial-a-DRM


Apparently those of you who’ve been waiting for the PC version of the popular console game Mass Effect will have to make sure your DSL bill is paid up, as the game requires an online connection even for the single player mode. Why’s this?

Because the game will phone home every 10 days [scroll down three posts] to make sure you haven’t shared your activation key or are using a cracked copy of the game, that’s why.

This is an awful form of DRM that’s uncalled for. It’s bad enough that EA doesn’t trust its customers when they activate their games, but the fact that they keep checking on you stinks of hubris.

I’m not a PC gamer, but if I were, this kind of crap would make me want to buy an Xbox.