Remarkably, Bioware/EA have changed their DRM policy on Mass Effect and Spore, following the furore over the 10-day check system. Reading between the lines, I can’t help but think that Bioware deliberately announced the system in order to provoke the inevitable uproar, so that they could then present evidence to EA in order to have it altered. Given that they’re now owned by EA, they probably didn’t have much say in the matter, unless they could actually make a decent case.
Bioware staff carefully focused all the discussion into a single topic, and even went as far as advising people on how best to complain, carefully steering the response down the path required. While still retaining plausible deniability.
Clever stuff, really. And I’m now chuffed as it means I can buy the damn game…