EA: Just One Spore Account Per Copy, Despite Game Manual's Claim Otherwise

September 12, 2008 -

Already plagued by consumer backlash over Spore's ridiculous copy protection scheme, Electronic Arts faces renewed criticism from buyers who have discovered that only one user account can be created per copy.

The Consumerist explains:

EA's DRM spyware on the long-awaited game Spore turns out to have an added side-effect: if you live in a household with multiple players, you all have to share the same account. The game's manual says otherwise, but after repeated queries on the EA forum, a company spokesperson confirmed this.

 

That's right—if you're in a household with several potential Spore players, and you want each of them to have their own account, you will have to buy multiple copies of the game.

As The Consumerist points out, page 52 of the Spore manual (see pic) says that buyers of the game may have multiple user accounts, a common practice. The DRM, however, apparently precludes that from happening. An EA rep on the Spore forums termed it a "misprint" in the manual.

GP: With good - but not great - reviews, will the game that was to have been designer Will Wright's masterpiece ultimately be better known for EA's ham-handed attempt to tighten the screws on game consumers?


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Re: EA: Just One Spore Account Per Copy, Despite Game Manual's

the Spore.com and Spore game accounts are the same

Re: EA: Just One Spore Account Per Copy, Despite Game Manual's

I meant log-in of the computer...  So maybe you have to create the accounts in the creature creator then download Spore?

Re: EA: Just One Spore Account Per Copy, Despite Game Manual's

maybe.

wishfull thinking could mean that we probably got one of those glitches that works in our favor

 

I'd also have to ask my friend how he went at this with his brother. could been different or maybe it didn't work for him..  he said he only created an account for himself on his brother's game but hasn't used it yet

Re: EA: Just One Spore Account Per Copy, Despite Game Manual's

Yeah, keep us updated man.  I am interested in knowing how you got through it when so many people seem to have problems.  My girlfriend doesnt play games other than Mario World 3 and Mario Kart and such.  So I am the only one playing Spore.

Re: EA: Just One Spore Account Per Copy, Despite Game Manual's

It's actually really simple. They made spore accounts thru the CREATURE CREATOR, not SPORE so that way you can have multiples. Just buy the creature creator instead of spore and create your account. MONEY SAVED!!!

Re: EA: Just One Spore Account Per Copy, Despite Game Manual's

Clearly the online account.

Re: EA: Just One Spore Account Per Copy, Despite Game Manual's

You need to go to the Spore forums and do EA's job for them by telling the folks there how you are accomplishing this feat.  From my reading there, no one else is able to do this and I'm sure they'd love to know how you accomplish what no one else apparently can.

Re: EA: Just One Spore Account Per Copy, Despite Game Manual's

i can't see how its so complicated,

 

both me and my sister made an account for my Creature Creator and we still use the same for my Spore,  nothing special was done

Re: EA: Just One Spore Account Per Copy, Despite Game Manual's

One of these days, EA is going to get nailed by a class-action lawsuit over how they do business.  And then, everything will start getting settled the more it dawns on EA, that consumers are generally annoyed and angry at their business practices.

 

Until then, just dont buy the game if you dont like it.  Its disappointing, as the game itself looks to be alot of fun.  To bad, creative genius and fun, have to be killed in the game of corporate greed.

Re: EA: Just One Spore Account Per Copy, Despite Game Manual's

Just another reason not to buy this game. Keep it up EA. You are on a Roll.

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Re: EA: Just One Spore Account Per Copy, Despite Game Manual's

I'm sad to see EA being so badly run.  Like so many others, there have been great EA products over the years.

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Re: EA: Just One Spore Account Per Copy, Despite Game Manual's

Definitely couldnt agree more NightWng2000.

 

Its such a shame since they are gobbling up developers left right and centre. Action needs to be taken now otherwise this kind of unfair DRM will become the norm.

 

Ea have some good titles/licenses at the moment. Shame.

Re: EA: Just One Spore Account Per Copy, Despite Game Manual's

Why not form a group of people on here to go after EA?  It would get people to GP, get a chance to finally get EA thinking right, and the consumers would finally get some respect from them.

Re: EA: Just One Spore Account Per Copy, Despite Game Manual's

I like how the Consumerist labels it "DRM spyware". That's how it should be termed.

Re: EA: Just One Spore Account Per Copy, Despite Game Manual's

On the subject of their evil DRM, since I installed Spore my PC won't shut down properly. It just gets stuck at 'Saving your settings'. :s

 
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