The problems stem from SecuROM, a DRM infection of unconscionable proportions, brought to you by the good people of Sony, again. 2KGames took the anti-user step of hurting paying customers with this malware in order to prevent piracy, but if you don't want to end up with a system filled with unremovable malformed registry keys and an uninstallable coaster, your only recourse is to pirate it.
What SecuROM does is phone home and activate, the same way MS malware in WGA and Vista does. If you install the game twice, it will keep you from installing a third time. As of this writing, some are calling it a bug, others are saying that the limit has been raised to 5 times, but there is no official word from 2K Games either on their web site or on their forums.
If the whole screwing of the consumer in this was wasn't evil enough, they managed to lower the standard yet again. SecuROM will hose you if you run AVG antivirus like I do, or you happen to have the audacity to run MS's own Process Explorer. If you read the links and the comments, you will see that both SecuROM and 2K have mastered the art of pass the buck, each blaming the other while not solving the problem. The 2K Games Bioshock forums are littered with complaints, far more than I have ever seen on a single game. It is a mess.
On the up side, the early calls of 'rootkit' are false, what you have instead is something that phones home to take away your rights, limits how you use your purchase, and in general, screws you. All this for only $49.99.
I was so looking forward to his game, it's spiritual successors were simply a blast to play, and this one looked really good. DRM infections chalk up another defeat snatched from the jaws of victory, and we pay the price. 2K had another winner, but with SecuROM screwing users, take a pass, a wide pass, on Bioshock. µ
Some people do have a lot of time on their hands
It's only been days since its release but hackers gonna hack
And some spent, er, just £238
Souped-up flagship also packs Warp Charge, 256GB storage