EuroGamer - Crysis 2 maker Crytek has defended the use of digital rights management in its games, claiming most fail to notice it.
Of course no one notices it any more, if it pisses us off we just crack the damned game. Hey, I bought the freakin' game, if I don't wanna drag my ass upstairs to go through my disks everytime I feel like playing it then by God I won't.
What is DRM?, since i am not a PC gamer i never really found out what it is, neither did i ever tried.
DRM=digital rights management Its a way of protecting your content from piracy. It really dose not work and has negative effect on sales when overused. I do not mind some forms of drm but some developers go to far and make the experience worse for legit buyers than that of the pirates. It also won't matter if your PC gamer I'm afraid slowly console will taken over over by drm.
Pretty much what Thecraft said but it's worth adding that Steam is basically glorified DRM but rather than inconvenience the consumer it actually makes life easier by having all your games assigned to single easy to use place. This is opposed to the sort of spyware rubbish Ubisoft likes to throw into their games. DRM can often require online registration, constant internet connection, limited number of installs (sometimes five, sometimes as little as 3) and also puts dodgy and harmful background programs onto your computer. Not only do these programs *cough* securom *cough* often play up at the slightest sign of LEGAL emulation software but they've also been found to collect and send off personal information about the consumer which publishers then sell off to 3rd party advertising companies. If you don't agree to it on the terms and conditions you don't get to play the non returnable PC game you just bought. Frankly Crytek should take a lesson from Notch when it comes to piracy - http://notch.tumblr.com/pos...
It is a legitmate way for companies to protect their stuff from thieving scum otherwise known as Pirates who cause all us honest and hard working folk to pay more for games. I have no problem with these developers sending out viruses that overclock the Pirate PCs to 20GHz on their graphics cards and processors, increasing the voltage through the mobo's and RAM. Effectively destroy the PC.
@thecraft: you don't see the point. DRM is transparent for console gamers. If they want to use it, fine. It doesn't bother us in any way.
It's additional software that companies lace their games with in the hopes of stopping piracy. In reality, it has zero impact on pirates and only serves to aggravate the poor suckers who actually bought their game. There are different types of it. The worst is generally SecuROM, which limits the number of times you can use your purchased game.
@RedDragan And what would happen when there's a HUGE mess-up? Remember the Assassin's Creed situation where legit users were screwed out for a few days while people that used a crack for the DRM were able to play?
I agree with everything above, but for calling it Digital Rights Management. DRM actually means, Digital Restrictions Management. Also, Steam is obviously getting ready to enhance their DRM to include the concept of tying games to a specific PC with reacent "security" enhancement. Expect plenty of hubris from me fanboys when Steam follows through with that, but go ahead and disagree with me for now;P
it's a software that assumes you are a criminal!
"Also, Steam is obviously getting ready to enhance their DRM to include the concept of tying games to a specific PC with reacent "security" enhancement. " Actually that's DRM that's under the consumer's control.
Bought it on steam, I hope you don't have a second layer of starforce or something like that eh.
I agree with him. XBLA games have DRM and that doesn't bother me at all
Awesome story about the DRM with Crysis Warhead: I was overclocking my CPU, and stress testing it with warhead, and after a few tests, I tried running it once more, and it gave an error saying I had installed the game on too many different computers. I was pretty confused for a while, then I realized - it was registering as a new PC because the speed of the CPU was different! It didn't even bother checking what model of CPU I was using. When I complained about it to them, they told me I had to buy another license. So I used a crack instead. Also a good feature is being forced to be online in order to play a single player game, like in Starcraft 2. XBLA drm and PC drm are completely different beasts.
Didn't buy the Crysis pack on Steam this past Xmas because of its DRM. I only own 1 PC game with 3rd party DRM (Batman:AA GOTY), and it was my fault for not checking first. If I had, I wouldn't have bought it.
Why? For 90% of games, you aren't even aware that DRM is there! It's not difficult just typing a serial code in when you install the game or keeping the disc in the drive. It's only bad system's like Ubisoft's that actually affects your experience. Others you probably don't even know is there unless you specifically look for it. It's not like we complain about our cars having security systems that inconvenience us oh-so-much when we have to unlock the door or put the key in the ignition.
For Crysis it's 5-activation limit SecuROM. About as bad as it gets. Any company that sabotages their consumers with that malware deserve to have their games pirated.
What if your car had only a 100 usage limit on being able to start up? DRM always works in a good way, via Steam. But some companies think they should just take it only into their hands, and go off on a way that's more damaging to legit consumers than being helpful.
Does anyone know what kind of DRM it is? Figure it's either SecuROM or EA Access. I don't have an issue with DRM unless it, - Breaks my system or crashes stuff - Sends my data somewhere - Installs stuff that is extremely hard to remove if at all - Has limits that require you to call in to refresh or buy a new copy - Mistakes legit users for pirates and punishes them as such
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