Fine, I pay almost a hundred dollars and a few days later get it in the mail. Then install. And run.
And find out that I CANNOT SAVE A BLEEPING GAME WITHOUT A WINDOWS LIVE ACCOUNT.
Let me get this straight, I just purchased a product I cannot use without further compromising my privacy? And nobody told me about that BEFORE I purchased it in big, bold, red letters?
I call it blackmail. I think I will press the "publish" button, get the phone and call Newegg to decide what will have to be done about this.
PS: And don't tell me scary tales about piracy killing developers. It's not about piracy, it's about establishing a revenue stream with me being at the spending end (and yes, bleeding my privacy along the way). I didn't subscribe to that.
PPS: Oh yeah, and of course, killing the resell market.
UPDATETurns out, there *is* a way.
So, let me see.
A bright white rectangle of a message worded so you think there is no other option other than to create an online account, and a very pale scroll bar next to the dark green background, so pale that people that do this crap for living don't notice it, and there is not a single hint on within the message tat the message is not complete?
Oh, come on. Don't tell me that there hasn't been a long meeting with Windows Live reps present (at least in spirit), and a bunch of suits making a decision to make it just so, so the vast majority of [unsophisticated]
PS: No, it's not a conspiracy. It's a business model.