When I bought the game Spore about a week ago, I didn't know that it game crippled with a draconian DRM system that requires you to call EA up and prove that you're not a pirate after installing it three times.

I only found out when I recently started seeing reports of an uproar over the DRM system.

And what an uproar it is: Thousands of disgruntled gamers are giving one-star reviews for Spore on Amazon (and Amazon UK). They are also reportedly buying the game and then returning it, in order to inflict additional financial damage on EA. The Metacritic user score for the game also stands at 5.0 after falling steadily in the past few days.

In other news, the cracked version of the game, without any DRM restrictions, is apparently available for free on BitTorrent.

So, as always with DRM, it is the paying customers that get burned whereas the pirates get a superior product for free.

I'm just wondering when these companies are going to realize that their customers are not the enemy.

By the way, I just checked and the box for Spore Galactic Edition does not contain any indication that the DRM system limits you to three installations so it's understandable that I didn't know about this before buying the game.