Jesus Christ you made of bricks or what!
You don't like this type of DRM! FINE! SHUT UP AND GET AWAY!
Go play EA Games... I assure they don't use DRM..neither does Steam! They're both such truth tellers wouldnt you say!
God damn it...you guys are a drag! Crawl back in the hole you came out off! The world isn't ready for you or is it the other way round (maturity check FTW)
Name calling, so mature. What gets me is how you and others are NOT seeing the big picture here probably because mommy and daddy pay the bills. I am all for protecting copyrights.. I code myself. I am NOT for limiting MY ability to control what I purchase. If some of you would stop and think for a moment you would realize that if this trend continues, at some point you will no longer have ANY control over what you can and cannot do on your own dam machine. You will be FORCED and required to have internet connections or worse just to use the dam thing. And what you are not understanding is that some of us do NOT want to have internet connections in every place we live, work, visit etc. Some of us just want to be able to use that which we purchase whenever and where ever we are.
The trend means that eventually if it continues ALL software will require you to be connected in some manner to even use the stuff. Is this what you truly want? If that is the case then I guess many of us out here at some point will cease to be a part of the community as a whole because while many of you seem all for giving up your personal rights, personal freedoms and your own control over your own system, I am NOT willing to give that up.
I have been talking to Stardock support about this offline and am basically getting the same canned answer that they do not really give a crap and it is not going to change. That is their choice.... and mine is to cease being their customer. Honestly I was a bit surprised by the lack of concern portrayed toward a customer but I guess good customer support is a dying thing. Regardless I will have some software that at some point will no longer be usable since I will not be able to reactivate it on new install etc. Stardock will loose the income I offered as a paying customer of multiple products I had purchased already, not to mention the ones I was seriously looking to still purchase and/or upgrade.
Some of you will probably whine some more, call me names and so forth. However remember this.. in the future when you are so looking and hope for more titles, more add ons, more releases and other new titles and you are not getting them, remember why.... because the money dried up... and why? Because just maybe, there are many more of us out here than just me that ALSO ceased being customers because of some extreme and limiting factors on the products we purchased.
I like Stardock and the products they produce. Of that have no doubt. However I am not willing to sell or give up any more of my freedom. I am NOT willing to be forced by some company to pay for a service that I do not want no matter the reason. In my case it is not that I do not want it, it IS that I cannot get it where my new home is. Regardless of the reason, I will no longer have access to update my products nor access other future additions due to the required internet access.
BTW, even Stardock made comment in their emails to me about other users suggestions on how I can still update offline.. Tell you what... I will be all for that if Stardock or someone else wants to PAY ME for the fuel, the wear and tear on my vehicle and the new thumbdrive that will be needed for me to drive the two hours to get someplace that has internet access everytime I need to get a patch or access my software.... even with that, I can only imagine the hassle of having to disconnect my entire machine just to take it somewhere that I can plug it in so I can re-activate the software after a reinstall because the HD failed or was upgraded.
Those of you who want to still berate me and others, call us childish names and so forth, feel free. But someday when this bites YOU in the ass because of circumstance, don't say you had no idea this could happen.
Just remember each paying customer is what gets you new updates, new add ons, new games and features... Even one less paying customer dramatically effects what can and cannot be done for future software development due to money available. Is this really the trend you all want to have continue? Do you really want all of your software dependent on requirements you may or may not have, want or control?