When we first reported on EA's reworked DRM
scheme for Mass Effect
PC – one that removed the onerous 10-day re-validation process
but now only allows a maximum of three activations – we teased that we were ready to "pick up our torches and pitchforks and join the mob outside."
Now, a little over a month later, that mob has grown to some considerable size, spurred on by a forum thread on BioWare's site being referenced on consumer-advocacy blog The Consumerist. The problem: some confusion over whether or not uninstalling the game reinstates one of your three activations. After some wrangling (you know how support centers can be) EA confirmed that "unfortunately, you will not gain an activation by uninstalling the game." So, be stingy with those installs, gamers.
; thanks, Eric]