I’m waiting for my copy of SPORE to arrive from Amazon and I noticed that the rating for Spore on Amazon dropped to 1 star, out of 824 reviews (as of 2008-09-08 at 5:59pm EDT). I hadn’t realized that the DRM on this was the infamous SecuROM.
This made me nervous. I switched to a Macbook Pro because I didn’t want to have to muck about with the kernel on the system that I use for everything; I just want it to work. Having some sort of kernel module doing DRM breaking my system would be a reason to be very upset.
So I did what any geek would do: I went looking for more information.
I wanted to find out what SecuROM on the Mac does. Searching only turned up one article that says you don’t have to do anything special to remove Securom on the Mac; everything is located in the .app bundle and the Preferences directory. This matches the instructions that came with the readme:
- Ensure you are logged in using an account which has Administrative privileges.
- Delete the SPORE folder from your Applications folder.
- Additional files can be found in /Users/<Username>/Library/Preferences/SPORE Creature Creator Preferences.
I also found that SPORE was released via Cider (essential a Mac port of WINE from TransGaming). This is interesting because it means that things like registry settings and windows driver APIs have to be emulated.
If you combine the above information the implication is that SecuROM is only being used for account management and not to actively muck with my hardware. At least on OS X.
So that’s good news, if true.
- Description of SecuROM (Spore uses version 7, some of the problems are earlier PC versions)
- One case of harddrive failure being blamed on SecuROM (This is the only case of this I’ve heard of)
This is good news. I bought Spore before reading anything, raging with excitement. Now I am contemplating never downloading, installing, or activating, and attempting to return it.
That said, I was hoping that my magic mac-armor would protect me from the worst of any drm, or at least that it would be easier to manually root out after the fact. So now I am going to give in to my base instincts for self-gratification and play the game anyhoo…
Yours is basically the extent of the info I have been able to find without delving into shadowy site and list land.