After stirring up a hornets' nest
of gamer contempt last week by announcing that the forthcoming PC flavor of Mass Effect
would require re-validation every 10 days, BioWare community manager Jay Watamaniuk has come forward as the voice of reason on the game's official forums, stating that the developer has now removed the "feature" from the game.
Instead of employing the previously revealed DRM madness, Watamaniuk explained that Mass Effect
will include just a one time online authentication, allowing players to play the game once validated without the disc in the drive at all. That said, if any new content is downloaded, the game will again have to bite the disc to make sure it's real. The caveat to all of this, however, is that each Mass Effect
purchase will only be able to be installed a maximum of three times, news that has again
incited us to pick up our torches and pitchforks and join the mob outside.