Spore, after more than 10 years of development time, is finally available for the PC and Mac. The game comes from the mind of the talented Will Wright, the man who gave us The Sims and the original SimCity titles. No matter what people think about the actual game play the story now centers around the DRM scheme EA built into the title, and a grassroots movement has begun to tell gamers just how bad the DRM sucks. The method? Bombing the comments on Amazon.com.
Right now the game has 222 customer reviews, with 194 of them giving the game one star. The game also has nine five-star reviews, two of which were written in 2006, with the others spending significant amounts of time complaining about the one-star reviews. The game's rating sits at 1.5 stars as of this writing.
Do you think there would be as many one-star reviews if DRM wasn't the issue? I don't think there would be as many. DRM seems pretty pointless to me, pirates are going to get around it anyway. I'm all for trying to stop pirates, but it seems pretty clear that DRM is not the solution and it is only making people who actually pay for the game angry.