Reckons 3 Spore activations is 'OK', but understands gamers being very upset.
The PC gamer market is in "tatters", PC gaming legend Peter Molyneux has said.
Speaking in a wide ranging interview with VideoGamer.com, the second part of which is due to be published tomorrow, the Lionhead boss said that apart from "high points" like Crysis and certain Blizzard titles, gamers are restricted to The Sims and World of Warcraft.
He said: "If you look at the gamer market on PC, I'll be quite honest with you, it's in tatters. There aren't that many releases on PC. There are some high points like Crysis and what Blizzard is doing, but other than that you are restricted to The Sims and World of Warcraft, they seem to be dominating the PC side."
Molyneux was speaking on the subject of restrictions put in place in recent high profile PC games, like Spore, that limit the number of PCs the title can be authorised on. Currently EA has set that limit to three, although it has announced it intends to increase that amount in the future.
Molyneux, mastermind of upcoming Xbox 360 exclusive RPG Fable II, said that he understood EA's position, but personally "hates" any form of copy protection.
"I would say while me as a player hates any restrictions, I can understand that publishers need to do something to give them the confidence to make games for the PC, to spend the huge amounts of money necessary to spend on development and to get their return," he said. "Anything that may give them more confidence on the PC means that ultimately we as gamers will come out better off because they will invest more in the game.
"I don't think three (Spore PC authorisations per game) sounds that bad. I'd prefer it not to be there but if it is going to be there then I think three is OK, but I can understand people being very upset. Personally I hate any copy protection. I hate typing in that number. I loathe it as a gamer. It just makes me feel insulted. And I always lose the blasted manual anyway. So if we can get away from that password protected side which is a waste of time then that would be great."
You can check out the first part of our mammoth interview with Peter Molyneux right here. Be sure to check the site tomorrow for the second part.