Article about Game DRM

Gamasutra has a great article up about videogame Digital Rights Management.

It’s no secret that DRM is one of the hot button issues of today, either in games, movies, or music.

The article talks about how several small companies in the industry and some of the bigger ones are bucking normal DRM methods this year to release games that just play and don’t treat you like a would-be criminal.

One thing I think odd about the article is their mention that Electronic Arts is releasing next month’s Sims 3 with just a CD registration key that you input once when you install the game and that’s it. But… that’s what EA has done on ALL of the Sims 1 and Sims 2 games already.

Trust me, I checked that out. My mother has every Sims 1 & 2 game and expansion and Stuff Pack… all legally.

Part of why the companies are deciding not to DRM their games is because they have to pay the company that creates the DRM a percentage of the revenue of the game, and if the game gets cracked anyway, that’s almost like wasted money.

I hate Steam with a passion. I can’t play Half-Life without being online so it can authenticate my game Every Single Time I Play.

Gamasutra article about videogame DRM


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