BioShock 2 on PC has unlimited installs, but GFWL limits activations

Thursday, 21st January 2010 22:32 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Community manager Elizabeth Tobey has posted over on the official 2K message boards that BioShock 2 on PC will only use SecuROM as a disc check only.

After that, you can install as many times as you like, however – GFWL will limit the number of activations.

According to three different forum posts (thanks, Blue), here is what we found out:

“This is a number set by Microsoft,” said Tobey. “We went with this option because we wanted to go with non-ssa keys, because we felt that was better for you guys all around.”

PC requirements for the game were listed on Steam yesterday.

Game’s out in February.



  1. blackdreamhunk

    I shouldn’t have to call no one to play a game I payed for.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. jnms

    “We went with this option because we wanted to go with non-ssa keys, because we felt that was better for you guys all around.”

    Better for people all round is to have no piracy protection. Works for Bethesda and they still have sales figures in the millions.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. blackdreamhunk

    who are going to stop pirates from pirating console verion of the game.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Hunam

    Having no piracy protection isn’t always the way. You mention Bethesda but Fallout 3 had securom CD check and GFWL for one. But on the other hand, they are a big publisher that can do well without it like they did in Oblivion, but other, like Troika aren’t so lucky. Vampire had no copy protection and that was pirated to the companies demise.

    Having a CD key is worth it from a basic security type of perspective as far as I’m concerned, anything more than that just ruins the experience.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Yoshi

    @1 Agreed!

    I pay for the fukin game so let me download and play it as many times as i fukin want!

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Hunam

    I love piracy, the only one that get shafted are the legitimate customers.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. loki

    PC games another sucks

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Cess

    It’s going to get cracked and people will pirate it anyway. This sort of move just encourages me find a cracked version instead of paying for it.

    Treating the buyer like a criminal is just stupid.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. SunKing

    Don’t care; damage done. I will now be buying it for the 360.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Hunam

    I’m generally not so put off by DRM and all that as much as other people are but it does bug me, so I’ll wait till it’s cheap on retail for the PC and pick it up then. Though the lack of dedicated servers disturbs me.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Soong

    @Hunam: agree with the rest of your post, but in no way was a lack of copy protection on Vampire: Bloodlines the reason Troika went under.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. JesteR

    Just a thought…. the torrent version will have unlimited installs and unlimited activations. So whos the screwed one here?

    #12 5 years ago
  13. DarkElfa

    Its stupid to put any kind of piracy counter measures on a disc. Whether its something easy or super complicated, it all gets cracked, all of it. In fact, the harder it is, the more of a challenge the hackers find in doing it. There’s no point in DRM or protection. Every game released today for the PC is cracked and usually on zero day, every game. The same goes for movies and music. DRM on media is like building a wall of straw to stop a charging rhino.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. JesteR

    Yap i know Bioshock 2 will be available on torrent next Tuesday so i can only laugh about it. They just punish the honest buyers.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Gheritt White

    I can’t *believe* you cunts are complaining about being limited to 15 simultaneous activations! Do you guys live in a computer lab or something? Come on! Who is *ever* gonna need more than 15 activations? Yeesh…

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Tiger Walts

    This isn’t so much a way to stop piracy but a way to stop the game entering the second hand market. 15 activations is plenty but I doubt you can transfer that key to another Live account.

    #16 5 years ago

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