EA Lets You Try, Try Again Installing Spore
EA has surprised most by offering Spore and other games on Steam, but before Christmas I also saw a little tidbit hit the news wires that some may have missed. I know a friend of mine with multiple installs of Spore on various machines in his house missed it and was happy when I filled him in. The promised de-authorization tool for Spore has been released by EA about three months after announcing it to quell the anti-DRM outcry. This tool lets you “undo” the authorization of the five installs the game allows you before blocking further installation.
You might be wondering why I’d be talking about my friend’s five installs off of his one copy of Spore so casually, but the truth is just one or two of those installs actually succeeded. They were done to a variety of computers — some laptops, some desktops, all not very new — to try and find out which of them would run it acceptably. Some of them wouldn’t run the game due to driver problems he didn’t get into, others wouldn’t even finish the install but did grab one of those coveted install licenses before failing. This tool will get him on the road to playing it on the best PC platform he has available.
That is, if he wants to play Spore anymore. He and his family got a PlayStation 3 for Christmas and has fallen head over heels for Super Stardust HD and LittleBigPlanet like many of the rest of us have.
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