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    News - EA releases DRM de-authorisation tool for SecuROM titles

    Free up your DRM infested SecuROM titles with de-authorisation tool.
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    Re: News - EA releases DRM de-authorisation tool for SecuROM titles

    Nice one. The deauth tool that came with Burnout Paradise already works well, so I expect this to be okay too.

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    Re: News - EA releases DRM de-authorisation tool for SecuROM titles

    april fools?

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    Re: News - EA releases DRM de-authorisation tool for SecuROM titles

    What, so this isn't an April fools?

    EA have actually realised this only hurts the legitimate users, and provides interlectual challenges for a few crackers, one of whom is always bound to succeed, letting all the pirates have the benefits denied to those who paid for it......... Surely not!
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    Re: News - EA releases DRM de-authorisation tool for SecuROM titles

    got to be an april fools. i dont believe it

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    Re: News - EA releases DRM de-authorisation tool for SecuROM titles

    Quote Originally Posted by j.o.s.h.1408 View Post
    got to be an april fools. i dont believe it
    Why not? They've said before they'd been working on it.

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    Re: News - EA releases DRM de-authorisation tool for SecuROM titles

    so with this tool, it removes DRM from the above games mentioned meaning nomore onlin activations and nomore install limits?

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    Re: News - EA releases DRM de-authorisation tool for SecuROM titles

    Quote Originally Posted by j.o.s.h.1408 View Post
    so with this tool, it removes DRM from the above games mentioned meaning nomore onlin activations and nomore install limits?
    No. It de-authorises your current installation, meaning you can no longer play the game, but you get an activation back. That effectively removes concurrent installation limits, as long as you de-auth each time.

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    Re: News - EA releases DRM de-authorisation tool for SecuROM titles

    still not good enough

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    Re: News - EA releases DRM de-authorisation tool for SecuROM titles

    Quote Originally Posted by j.o.s.h.1408 View Post
    still not good enough
    It is for me - all I wanted was to be able to install unlimited times, and this gives me that.

    I also like the way EADM seems to let you download the game if you prefer, rather than needing the discs, but you can still install from disc if you want anyway.

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    Re: News - EA releases DRM de-authorisation tool for SecuROM titles

    steam does that already mate

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    Re: News - EA releases DRM de-authorisation tool for SecuROM titles

    Quote Originally Posted by j.o.s.h.1408 View Post
    steam does that already mate
    Of course it does, as do many other publishers systems. But why pay extra for Steam to distribute your game?

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    Re: News - EA releases DRM de-authorisation tool for SecuROM titles

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    It is for me - all I wanted was to be able to install unlimited times, and this gives me that.
    I agree with j.o.s.h.1408 - still not good enough. EA remains on my personal blacklist.

    Why? SecuROM for a start.

    Secondly, included in the licence for the de-auth tool is
    3. System Interaction. The Software requires machine resources, including but not limited to memory and disk space, in order to perform and may have the capacity to impede the functionality of other software on your machine. The Software may slow and/or otherwise affect the performance of your machine and other software running thereon. You may experience technical issues, including but not limited to loss of use issues, after you download the Software. By installing/downloading this Software, you acknowledge and agree to bear the foregoing risks of use. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO BEAR THESE, DO NOT INSTALL AND/OR DOWNLOAD THE SOFTWARE.
    So ..... EA are so lacking in confidence, either of their tool or of it's effect on SecuROM that they feel it necessary to cover their butts to that extent? Well thanks, EA, not NO software that requires that kind of caveat is going on my PC if that's the risk of running to de-auth tool.

    Next, some of their games they stipulate that Vista UAC must be off to run the de-auth tools.

    Also, they say the tool needs to modify three files, etc. Well, what about if you had a disk crash and can't access those files. Or merely had a Windows collapse and can't. Or simply forgot about having to de-auth several games before doing a system rebuild? It's not clear, to me at least, how they handle this.


    As I've said before, I simply will not buy software that expects me to jump through this sort of hoop to meet their DRM requirements. They're entitled to do what they want to protect their business, but the price is that they lose long-term customers like me.

    This is a step in the right direction, but a small one and nothing like far enough for me.

    When I buy a game, I expect to be able to use it without this sort of mallarkey to contend with, and without putting up with SecuROM. So until such time as they back way off, if they ever do, on inconveniencing legit customers like me with their fight against the pirates, they and the pirates can slug it out between themselves without me, or my money, getting involved at all.

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    Re: News - EA releases DRM de-authorisation tool for SecuROM titles

    This has gone some way to restoring my dwindling faith in EA. The do publish some good games, but sadly with this crappy drm, thats why i've only played Crysis Warhead once. But mainly because most games i've played last couple of years seem so full of bugs and problems it makes me wonder how the hell they can rush out and not finish testing them first and make the game stable and better.
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    Re: News - EA releases DRM de-authorisation tool for SecuROM titles

    Secondly, included in the licence for the de-auth tool is
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    So ..... EA are so lacking in confidence, either of their tool or of it's effect on SecuROM that they feel it necessary to cover their butts to that extent? Well thanks, EA, not NO software that requires that kind of caveat is going on my PC if that's the risk of running to de-auth tool.
    I think this is just super lawyer disclaimer, just like they don't take any responsibilty for the game doing damage, they need something similar on any extra software that doesn't come with the game which people might download.

    Next, some of their games they stipulate that Vista UAC must be off to run the de-auth tools.
    That's not so good - the tool should require the same level of privaledges as game installation did.

    Also, they say the tool needs to modify three files, etc. Well, what about if you had a disk crash and can't access those files. Or merely had a Windows collapse and can't. Or simply forgot about having to de-auth several games before doing a system rebuild? It's not clear, to me at least, how they handle this.
    You get at least 5 activations without deauthing to cover this. I've never had 5 consecutive hardware failures that I couldn't recover files from - if I did, spending another 10-20 quid on a good game would be the least of my worries. And that's assuming support don't give you extra activations, which I suspect they would.

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    Re: News - EA releases DRM de-authorisation tool for SecuROM titles

    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    Next, some of their games they stipulate that Vista UAC must be off to run the de-auth tools.
    That just raises all sorts of questions you shouldn't have to ask...

    I thought it was bad enough that there are plenty of games out there built in such a way that you have to disable DEP for just to play them, although in the cases I've seen it's never been clear if it was DRM or the game itself that caused it.

    I think I'll test this out on my copy of Spore, the only game on that list I own (haven't played it since the month of release...).

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