My 2 cents worth, I like the new system. 3 days does seem a little short for recertification/reauthorization, but from my understanding, the new system will allow as many reinstalls as you could ever want (ie no limit). It also will at some point allow us to sell/gift our under used modules as before.
So lets not shoot this down as step backwards. I see it as a step in the right direction. It might need a few tweaks here and there but overall, from where I’m sitting (I fly single player only with a rural, less than great internet connection), I like where they are going with this.
I think it might be too confusing to merge the threads as I think that they serve two different purposes. For anyone wanting to discuss the original post here, I suggest staying in this thread. For anyone looking for other information, head over to the Copy Protection Change thread: IMPORTANT: AV-8B COPY PROTECTION CHANGE! - ED Forums - #29 by NineLine
I’ve been thinking a bit about this and literally the only negative is the 3 day limit. Everything else is a big improvement. You already needed a net connection for the install and activation.
I suppose the old way perhaps after that you could take the laptop on a tour of the Sahara for 6 months and never connect to the net again and it would still work? Again, if that is so, it’s a limited use case.
Yes, a lot of users will go bonkers if the developer changes their mind or can’t keep a deadline.
I much prefer that they share their thoughts and involve us users in their reasoning, even if they have to go back on their word.
I think ED staff are big boys and girls and kan keep their heads even if some users cry foul on a forum.
This is a great example.
At first they said they would abandon Starforce for another copyprotection. Most users should be happy to hear this. They also said they are considering a system that needs internet connection every 3 days, which met with some resistance, but also that they would evaluate it.
They evidently have evaluated this decision further, and are now declaring a change in their stance.
I think it’s great that they care to involve their users in the process, even if some users can’t handle it.
I agree. I’m happy to be seeing the reasoning process as it evolves. It is a different direction in communication they’ve gone in that is more transparent and is helpful I think in understanding that decisions are made over time, not just one and done. At the very least, the communication that they are PROBABLY going to be offering an offline mode is a clear indication that they’ve heard the community and are working toward a solution or modification.
The idea is to show its actively being investigated, through the holiday season things are less active as some might like. It is “probably” as they dont have it in testing working yet, it’s on the drawing board right now.