Report: EA Snuck SecuROM DRM in Free 'The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection'

July 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An investigation by Reclaim Your Game reveals that the new version of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection contains SecuROM, the notorious DRM. But the worst part is the fact that, while EA was giving away the game for free (because it is ending support for it) to anyone with an Origin account, it didn't bother telling anyone that the game contained this DRM scheme.

Ultimately Reclaim Your Game found that EA had put SecuROM Version 07.40.0009 in the free The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection.

You can find out all the details by visiting Reclaim Your Game and checking out screencaps and other data that confirms that EA snuck this DRM into the game without telling customers.

For those who have already installed it and the Origin client, Reclaim Your Game also offers some handy dandy instructions on how to get it all off your PC.


Comments

Re: Report: EA Snuck SecuROM DRM in Free 'The Sims 2 ...

Well, I feel kind of sick now, unless they patch it out. I wonder if this is why the game broke after I ran my PC cleaner.

Re: Report: EA Snuck SecuROM DRM in Free 'The Sims 2 ...

It doesn't matter if they were just too lazy to remove it or not... the fact that it's in there without notification (disclosure) to their customers (gamers) is the problem here.

And it's not that hard to remove SecuROM from a game before giving it away... A game they will be selling from the store some time after the free period ends.

But, seriously, what part of a court agreement don't they get? 

Re: Report: EA Snuck SecuROM DRM in Free 'The Sims 2 ...

Well, it looks like after they failed to win Worst Company in America this year, EA's decided to start campaigning early for next year.

Re: Report: EA Snuck SecuROM DRM in Free 'The Sims 2 ...

I fail to understand exactly what form of logical thought process was behind placing SecuROM "protection" in a game that is legitimately being giving away for free.

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Papa Midnight

Re: Report: EA Snuck SecuROM DRM in Free 'The Sims 2 ...

It is probably the fact that SecuROM was already in Sims 2 and they just didn't bother to strip it out. They were lazy. That is all it comes down to.

Re: Report: EA Snuck SecuROM DRM in Free 'The Sims 2 ...

To be fair, it is difficult to get a budget for dev and testing time to make actual changes to an application right before it is released 'for free'

Re: Report: EA Snuck SecuROM DRM in Free 'The Sims 2 ...

Which explain the problems EA had with the mobile Dungeon Keeper.

Re: Report: EA Snuck SecuROM DRM in Free 'The Sims 2 ...

Fool around with whores (EA/Origin) you are bound to come out with an STD (DRM). 

Pardon my french.

 
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