The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection freebie comes with SecuROM

The Sims 2 Securom

By on July 31, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Nothing’s every really free, is it? Last week we reported that EA were providing free copies of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection via Origin, via redemption code I-LOVE-THE-SIMS.

This week we find out that there is a catch: The copy of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection comes with the much-maligned SecuROM DRM software, which has been known in the past to stick around after containing software is deleted, throw false piracy flags, and refuse to read authentic discs. It has been labelled by many as spyware.

Reclaim Your Game did some snooping around and found that SecuROM version 07.40.0009 was included with the version of The Sims 2 Ultimate Edition provided for free by EA, and has taken the opportunity to resurface a guide for its removal.

Source: Reclaim Your Game

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Anon. E. Moose

Thanks for reminding me to claim my free game, SecuROM or not.

Also, the code is I-LOVE-THE-SIMS, not I_LOVE_THE_SIMS.

 
Artful-dodgeR

I still don’t get why people even want this… just because its a free game?

 
Nasty Wet Smear

artfuldodger:
I still don’t get why people even want this… just because its a free game?

I normally have to pay good money to have a person locked in a room with an oven and a chair until they burn themselves to death.

 

It came with it at its release I thought.

 

anonemoose:
Thanks for reminding me to claim my free game, SecuROM or not.

Also, the code is I-LOVE-THE-SIMS, not I_LOVE_THE_SIMS.

Oops, thanks. Updated!

 

lemonater47,

Indeed, all the original release versions of the Sims 2 and expansions came with Securom. According to “Reclaim your Game” it was used as a disc check, and that was it. Seeing how as the Origin version doesn’t require a disc I’m not sure why it would still be there, unless it’s legacy code? Perhaps it checks for a legit disc and then ignores the results now? I’m no expert so I don’t know…

 

From what I can recall, SecuROM was introduced with one of the Sims 2 expansions and everything before that used SafeDisc.

My memory may be a little hazy though so feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.

EDIT: Oddly enough, the version of SecuROM being used here is the exact same version as what was used in Borderlands 1 prior to its “removal” (air quotes because there’s still active remnants hanging around in the game files that are called by the install scripts).

 

artfuldodger:
I still don’t get why people even want this… just because its a free game?

I actually loved The Sims when it came out. It was a nice change from the hundreds of hours of SimCity.

I never played 2 or 3 so this was a good freebie for me.

Hopefully I can rip out the SecuROM easily enough!

 

The days before online DRM were far worse.

DRM software even came with music CDs. And they were even more invasive.

 

So i can remove SecureROM and the game will continue to work?

 

Do people honestly think they’re going to spend the time and resources removing it to be ready for when they give it away for free for 2 weeks?

Do people seriously feel like they’re entitled to that?

 
Nasty Wet Smear

mindsnare:
Do people honestly think they’re going to spend the time and resources removing it to be ready for when they give it away for free for 2 weeks?

Do people seriously feel like they’re entitled to that?

Are people entitled to a game that doesn’t come with Spywear?… Sure.

Still, you get what you pay for.

 

mindsnare:
Do people honestly think they’re going to spend the time and resources removing it to be ready for when they give it away for free for 2 weeks?

Do people seriously feel like they’re entitled to that?

How about just being told about it?

or how about them wanting to avoid bad press on it and spending 20 mins to remove it before uploading it to the CDN system?

 

Game has DRM. Sky is falling.

 

“The settlement requires EA to prominently inform consumers if SecuROM is included with one of its games by placing prominent disclosures on its retail packaging, on its online store, and in its end-user license agreements.” (emphasis mine)
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Did EA just violate the terms of its settlement?

 
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