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Mass Effect's new DRM Scheme

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 08:03 PM | Friday, May 9, 2008 | (url:

When Mass Effect comes to the computer it will not use SecuROM's 10-day periodic re-authentication and instead will use a modification to do only a one-time online authentication, Bioware announced today.

What is the difference between the old PC disc authentication solution and the new online model?

First, authentication of discs has now gone from the physical format to the online format, freeing the need for consumers to have a disc in the drive at all times.

Second, with online authentication consumers now connect to the Internet the first time the game is launched and are required only to reconnect if they are downloading new game content.

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Spore & Mass Effect will require Periodic Online Validation

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 06:14 PM | Tuesday, May 6, 2008 | (url: http://www.shackn...)

BioWare technical producer Derek French has said that the PC versions of both Mass Effect and Spore will make use of copy protection that will require online validation every ten days to continue working.

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"

[PC] Mass Effect in May

Submitted by: Evil Light Bulb @ 09:46 AM | Tuesday, February 12, 2008 | (url: http://masseffect...)

"Optimized for the PC, Mass Effect for the PC incorporates the following features:
Optimized controls designed specifically for the PC.
High resolution visuals Mass Effect for the PC features highly detailed textures, characters and environments.
Fully customizable controls PC gamers can re-map the control scheme any way they like.
Run & Gun Control Players can assign biotic powers or skills to hot keys allowing them to play Mass Effect with a heavier focus on action.
New decryption mini-game.
New inventory screen GUI and functionality The enhanced inventory system makes it easier for players to equip and modify their weapons and armor."

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Mass Effect: Rated

Submitted by: Dalmar @ 02:56 AM | Tuesday, July 17, 2007 | (url: http://news.filef...)

Apparently the word from the ESRB at this point is that the upcoming Mass Effect will receive an M rating. In a letter that was posted on the Mass Effect forums, the board cited among other things some Partial Nudity. I should warn you the following excerpt from the letter contains some minor spoilers, but theyre really inconsequential...

Mass Effect Q&A

Submitted by: Colosus @ 11:09 AM | Saturday, April 7, 2007 | (url: http://interviews...)

One thing thats interesting though, is that the game is actually looking better as it gets closer to release, because were finding new bits of performance and art tweaks here and there. So what weve shown so far isnt quite yet the full experience you can expect from the final product.