EA's draconian DRM methods earned them this award. First, they implement a computer crashing version of Sony DADC's SecuROM in the PC game Spore, which lead to The Pirate Bay's Boston Tea Party style protest of the Spore SecuROM DRM. A SecuROM free version of Spore was the number 1 downloaded PC game on The Pirate Bay for 12 weeks. Now, EA wants to implement "phone home" DRM, which makes you have to have an internet connection at all times if you want to play the game. If I want to play a game on a 6 hour cross country flight, I will have to pay the $13.95 fee to access the plane's in flight wi-fi internet access or it won't work. Screw EA!
Agreed; heaven forbid that your account ever get hacked, mine did back in January of this year. Because of this crap hacker; not only can I not re-install BF3 (bored with my other games for the moment), but now I have to endure not just hours of EA's Support Program...but days!
And don't get started on EA's version of "Steam"; why anyone would think that making a AAA game(s) within a browser would be a "good" thing, is beyond me.
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I'm surprised, I have not had a bad experience with EA; of course I have heard of other people but still... The downloadable content thing they had with BF3 is inexcusable though, I mean it caused mass confusion, mass anger and gave the perception that those who bought the game early would be given an unfair advantage; I still remember the anger to this day.
@superbenA2002 Phone Home DRM is nothing new, remember Ubisoft. They did the same thing EA was going to do on all of their games and the result, people were pissed. I don't know if Ubisoft is still doing it or not but if Ubisoft's system is still working then it makes sense EA would want to try it, doesn't mean that EA innovated the thing though; just trying to prevent piracy I guess.
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