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Spore, Mass Effect PC to Require Periodic Online Validation
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BioWare technical producer Derek French has said that the PC versionsof both Mass Effect and Spore will make use of copy protection thatwill require online validation every ten days in order for the games tocontinue working.
"After the first activation, SecuROM requires that [Mass Effect PC]re-check with the server within ten days (in case the CD Key has becomepublic/warez'd and gets banned)," said French in a post on the BioWare forums.
If customers do not come online after ten days, the game will cease to function.
"After 10 days a re-check is required before the game can run," addedFrench. "..An internet connection is not required to install, just toactivate the first time, and every 10 days after."
The check is run when users activate the game's executablefile, with the first re-check coming within "5 days remaining in the 10day window."
According to French, Maxis' Spore will also make use of thesame scheme: "[Electronic Arts] is ready for us and getting ready forSpore, which will use the same system."
French also noted that the online requirement will be clearly labeled on the games' packaging.

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