The tragic tale of Tetris for Android while roaming


  • Alex Perrier

    Agreed, but never ran into an issue like that because i haven’t canceled service or roamed.

  • whocares

    Who cares? If you can’t play one game, play another, there are a million to choose from.

    • tdee

      lol if he wants to play the game that he paid for, how is it your business?

  • koko

    Check out BB or the iPhone/iPad.. no problem with this kind of bullsh*t….

  • ehoustoun

    I really doubt this is an android exclusive issue. Can anyone verify that this game can play without authentication on iOS or bbOS platforms?

    This sounds to me more like EA trying to incorporate strict drm policies (which they do with games on all platforms) in order to prevent piracy. I mean, are there any apps that experience this issue that arn’t games from major developer studios? I can confirm that anomaly, edge, world of goo, and osmos can all play without market authentication and they’re all indie developers…

  • Jacquio

    It does sound like typical EA.

  • Mark

    Good article, and agreed 100%. Unfortunately this is EA we are talking about here. They’re moving more toward this kind of authentication every year. And I fear many other will follow.

  • GrimConch

    The irony of DRM is that pirates never have to worry about it. Just get a cracked version! Smart folks in all entertainment industries right now know that the only way to fight piracy is to provide a better service. You obviously cant compete with pricing. This is why vinyl has made a comeback. This is why Steam has become synonymous with PC gaming. EA’s strategy has been the opposite, and guess who piracy is a problem for?

  • Ivan

    Solution: don’t pay for apps.

  • Steve Dion

    Not bashing, but this is soo typical Android, this kind of stuff, buggy UI overlays (Sense & TouchWiz) crappy update cycle (delayed updates based on carrier, country), lower quality apps (ex: ebay), only reason it is selling well is because they are giving it away on cheap phones. Many Americans cannot afford to pay 175$ for an iPhone so they settle for Android at 25-75$. And before you bash i use a Nokia N9 and NOT an iPhone!

  • M

    Same happens with applications like Flickr Golf, Flickr Soccer. I went away on vacation and could not play it at all, was very dissapointing.

  • WP74Life

    This is sad.. but I’m glad this is happening.
    People will slowly begin to realize how painful, laggy, atrocious android devices are.
    Then they will have no more god to believe in..
    But one day, they will try a WP7, they will realize that you don’t need custom roms or OC to make your device worth the price you paid.
    One day my friend, one day..

  • Spartacustomer

    Unfortunately most people don’t want static\widget tiles with choice of colours. You might want to consider that some people like custom ROMS. It’s sad that you have to pledge allegiance to a platform that you had nothing to do with\didnt create. You are not in an exclusive club, and your market share isnt getting healthier.

  • Blumer

    This has nothing to do with Android and everything to do with the developer’s implementation of the LVL. Google simply provides the service, and it’s up to the developer to decide what the behavior should be should a license not be able to be verified. Some devs shut down the app completely, some disable a couple features, some let the app proceed as usual if there’s no network connection present, and some don’t do anything at all. The developer is also able to adjust the length of time that a validated license is good for before running another check. Bottom Line: This is not Android’s problem.

    • khk

      This is an Android/Google problem. It doesn’t happen on BB or iOS.

    • andy c

      it’s is partially an android problem because they allow games/apps to behave in this manner.

      google’s “miminum standards” for the android market are alot lower then the AppStore’s sometimes draconian policies.

      i’m sure there is a middle ground somewhere.

  • Zagabog

    I was super happy that my new PlayBook came with Tetris for free. Just sayin’.

  • Jason

    Stop buying apps?