Since I managed to get a bunch of people all worked up awhile ago by suggesting that musicians boycott software companies that use PACE’s invasive copy-protection system, it seems worth mentioning that the issue of copy protection and whether consumers should put up with it is now being debated in a much wider field: the gaming community. [I guess it’s called Digital Rights Management, or DRM, these days so I’ll start using that acronym for brevity.]
There’s a new game called Spore. There’s a good chance that you’ve heard of it. Its makers have been hyping it for a couple of years, it was created by the same people that did the original Sim games, Brian Eno did the music for it, etc. It doesn’t really look like something I’d get into but I was considering picking it up eventually if it turned out to live up to some of its pre-release hooplah. It was released a few days ago, and it crossed my mind to see what the user reviews on Amazon were saying about it. So I took a look here at its product page.