Maxis' Spore managed to sell like hotcakes despite the generally negative reception from both critics and players (really, it was more of a panned-cake). Thanks to those strong sales, the game received several spin-offs, like 2011's Darkspore. I know nothing about the game except that it has the word "dark" in it, so I'm just picturing the original Spore with added angst and brooding. Well, it seems that things have gotten even darker for this Spore installment. The Escapist 2darksporeU Adding to EA's continuing goof, while the game was pulled from Steam, it is still being sold on Origin. That's right - they are continuing to sell a completely nonfunctional game. I can't imagine a whole lot of people were looking forward to purchasing Darkspore, but still - it's the principle of the matter. This comes at a pretty important time in gaming, as many are debating the merits of always-online DRM programs. Opponents often say that they effectively cripple a game's longevity, only letting players enjoy their product until the servers inevitably fall, and this is a perfect demonstration. Darkspore has no chance of being preserved for later generations now; it has been expunged from gaming history. It's still just Darkspore, but again, it's the principle that matters most here. On the bright side, this does mean that Sim City 2013 won't last forever, either. Forget the principles, I can be happy with that.