When you put a copy protection in your game, please: Don’t let it annoy players.
Here’s something that happened to me couple of days ago:
My computer’s processor had a ‘burn out’ (it smelt really bad in the room that day…).
The next day I got my new computer (AMD Athlon 3500+, 2 Gig mem, NVIDIA Geforce 6600 GT 128meg video card… ahh the speed…).
The same day I installed my Windows XP Pro (paid 150 euros few months ago).
Everything else was working fine and I started to activate the Windows again, but…
… I got a message in screen “It seems that this product has been activated too many times.” And then some more text explaining my (legal) registration key was not working.
I must say I felt quite… well – bad. I mean, it was just a few months ago when I bought the darn expensive Windows and now it says I couldn’t use it! I didn’t panic (but I must admit this really annoyed me: after all, I had been a honest customer and paid what was asked – and now they causing problems to me!)
Luckily – after searching & reading for a while – I found a toll free customer support number (and even Finnish speaking customer support)I managed to get a new phone activation key… and it worked. But, it took me some extra time and annoyed me a bit. I think it was a bad example about copy protection.
Please, don’t let the copy protection harm the relationship with your players.