So I just got a call from a mate of mine who picked up C&C4 today, and after almost 3 hours of fucking about he still can't actually launch this game. Due to EA's choice to rely on using the EA download manager to enforce a level of DRM he's run into a bit of a problem.
Apparently due to poor coding on EA's behalf he is unable to successfully complete the process involved with EADM, essentially the program relies in part on your windows user name. The software itself is based on a Java applet using HTML and XML coding, wouldn't be an issue normally but the code monkey's at EA haven't sanitised their inputs properly. As a result anyone with a windows user account (like my friend) that has an apostrophe in their user name cannot successfully login to the EA download server which is a requirement to run the game (the apostrophe generates a bug in the HTML code). There is currently only 2 options around this 1. Format your PC and create a new user name that doesn't have an apostrophe or 2. Create a secondary user account with an EADM friendly user name just so you can run C&C4.
Anyway pretty shoddy QA on EA's behalf, just a heads up to anyone who might use their last name in their windows account name and is I dunno... Irish (O'Malley, O'Connor, O'Neil.... you get the idea).