Today i logged in to browse the goodies and see what im going to spend my $$$ on this week.
A unique looking title caught my eye : Masters of the World - Geopolitical Simulator 3.
Now after having a further browse past the $44.99 price tag ( 10% of atm ), things looked great until you see on the right hand side half way down the page that horrifying line " 3rd party DRM, 2 activation limit".
Confused and bewildered i dug around further and discovered that its not a typo and is indeed a strict 2 activation limit. Further to that if you go to the actual developer site, you can pay more $$ when you buy the game to get rights to re-download and activate as required for a 2 year period or purchase a DVD-ROM.
Now to simplify things in the big picture, replace your HDD, there goes an activation. Laptop blew up ???, guess what, there goes an activation. Want to use your software at your second home ( work / mistress house / that hovel you hide in ), there goes another activation. Need some space on your HDD, so you uninstall it for a month while you enjoy something else, to re-install it and hey presto !!, theres another activation. Hell im sure we've all had at least one time a game has finished downloading, only to be corrupted somehow and requiring a reinstall to correct, there goes another one.....
This level of Digital Restriction Management further to the steam client is absurd and obscene.
One look at the threads section for the forementioned game shows it has definately cost them sales outside of my own desire to purchase which was swiftly beaten out of me.
Thoughts people ???
Please express your disgust or desire for this level of DRM as you see fit.