Spore Tops Sales Charts, Despite DRM Contoversy

September 24, 2008 -

While some game consumers are outraged over Spore's controversial DRM scheme, others - many others - are snapping the game up at retail.

As reported by gamesindustry.biz, variants of Will Wright's evolve-and-conquer game occupy three of the top four spots among PC titles for the week ended September 13th.

1. Spore
2. Spore Galactic Edition
3. The Sims 2 Apartment Life
4. Spore Creature Creator
5. World Of Warcraft: Battle Chest
6. The Sims 2 Double Deluxe
7. World Of Warcraft
8. World Of Warcraft: Burning Crusade
9. Warcraft III Battle Chest
10. Crysis
 


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Re: Spore Tops Sales Charts, Despite DRM Contoversy

two different people can't play on the same game with different accounts on the computer without buying two versions...

EA has stated that everyone that discusses DRM on EA forums will get their account banned and has to buy the game again... though they backtracked a little bit...

all those secondary buys by the very same customer must be accumilating...

also the fact that people that want to get rid of their game, can't re-sell it must have worked very well...

Re: Spore Tops Sales Charts, Despite DRM Contoversy

NUMBERS! Where are they?

Seriously, NPD means shit unless numbers are shown. 2 Sims Expansions, 3 WoW products, 1 WC3 product from 4-6 YEARS ago, and Crysis, what's considered to be one of the lowest selling highly hyped PC games ever. Spore was PIRATED in the first week more that Crysis was sold total.

Let's see how the numbers ACTUALLY stack up against real games. Or how about show how it's comparing to current console game sales. It took spore an entire MONTH to get 1 million sales. The horrible game that is The Force Unleashed got 1.5 million sales in 5 DAYS.

Also, while games like WoW and the Sims expansions will continue to sell for month, if not years. I'm willing to bet that the large majority of spore sales have already happened.

 

Re: Spore Tops Sales Charts, Despite DRM Contoversy

Those sales charts just underline the dirth of games out during these late summer months.  The top 10 is entirely populated by the only newly released and over hyped game in 3 slots, Warcrack in 4 slots, The Sims in 2 slots and an FPS in the last slot.

Roll on Winter.

Re: Spore Tops Sales Charts, Despite DRM Contoversy

Oh my! A highly anticipated game that's been literally hyped for years and appeals to an insanely broad demographic does well on the sales charts?!

In other news the sky is blue and the ocean is, according to the nation's top scientists, "pretty wet"...

Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't it also awarded the most pirated game over a 7 day period prize? And of those sales made how many are now angereed customers that won't be fooled twice? If EA announces that this is evidence their anti-piracy measures are working... *shakes fist*....

Re: Spore Tops Sales Charts, Despite DRM Contoversy

Without the number of sales, this means nothing.  It looks like some games that have been out for a while, Apartment Life is the last in the series and prolly has half as many sales at OFB, and my guess is that Spore actually bombed. EA said they got 1 million copies to consumers hands, which could be counting illegal downloads.

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Re: Spore Tops Sales Charts, Despite DRM Contoversy

Of course Spore is going to be the top seller.  Any game hyped as much as Spore is going to make lots of money.  There was never any doubt that it would be the top-selling game in the first few weeks after launch, especially since there was literally nothing else on the PC gaming radar when it launched.  But even though it's the top-selling game, there's no way it's doing as well as it could have done had it shipped without SecuROM.  Anyone who thinks otherwise is turning a Nelsonian blind eye towards the many thousands of people who have decided to boycott the game or to download it from a torrent site.

Re: Spore Tops Sales Charts, Despite DRM Contoversy

Way to go everybody!  Thanks for rewarding EA for pulling this bullshit.  Have fun with your fucked up computers, I'll go play on my consoles now.

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Re: Spore Tops Sales Charts, Despite DRM Contoversy

The word of the day is.... omission.

Re run the poll, first explaining to each person exactly what this particular SecuROM DRM does (rootkit), and the problems that can arise from using it, and that EA might not keep the DRM certificate server up forever, and not a single person will want this on their PC.

Re: Spore Tops Sales Charts, Despite DRM Contoversy

Who the heck was dmb enough to be the Spore Creature Creator the week Spore came out.

Re: Spore Tops Sales Charts, Despite DRM Contoversy

Jack Thompson, looking to see if the creatures had genitals.

Re: Spore Tops Sales Charts, Despite DRM Contoversy

My one question is how many of thoes people took the game back to the store or bought a second because EA said they could only have one account per game.

I also agree with Joran that the game list is not very impressive and i wonder how it would do aginst a game like...say oblivion.

Re: Spore Tops Sales Charts, Despite DRM Contoversy

I'm absolutely certain both those factors have something to do with it.

Re: Spore Tops Sales Charts, Despite DRM Contoversy

im sry Freyar but im not sure what are you saying, are u talking about people you knew about the drm  but brought it anyway yes i can see that but i bet to those who did not know about it and started having problems and could not return it. i had the samething with my shadowrun game brought it had a video color error but could not return it so it stayed shelf till i brought me a new computer.

Thanks Zaruka

Thanks Zaruka

Re: Spore Tops Sales Charts, Despite DRM Contoversy

Looking at the list, it's not particularly impressive or useful.  I mean, it beat out 2 Sims games/expansions and 4 World of Warcraft products...  Those have been out for years.  It's more of an indictment of PC gaming in general.  What are the numbers and how do they stack up?

Re: Spore Tops Sales Charts, Despite DRM Contoversy

If you look at the console charts you'll still find CoD4 in the top sellers.. all the games come out in the holiday season and then continue to be in the charts till the next year.


Re: Spore Tops Sales Charts, Despite DRM Contoversy

While I can understand the point of view Zaruka has if the end users were even remotely disturbed by it, the whole DRM buisiness may turn transparent to most end-users to the point where they don't are. What I really hope is that EA understands that one download does not equal one lost sale.

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Re: Spore Tops Sales Charts, Despite DRM Contoversy

bet most of those people did not know about the drm till they brought the game and you cant return a open pc game they dont let you. so those sales are bull in my view.

Thanks Zaruka

Thanks Zaruka

Re: Spore Tops Sales Charts, Despite DRM Contoversy

You also have to bear in mind that alot may not understand the implications of the DRM, or just not care about them... Many wont want to return the game because they are happy to play it regardless.

 

 
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MonteReally, the eshop just does next to nothing to make buying digitally advantagous for the customer. Its nice to have the game on my 3DS, but i can get more for less buying a physical copy at retail. And that's not even counting buying used09/23/2014 - 1:18pm
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