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New SOCOM on the PSP Takes Aim at Software Pirates

By Jeff Mattas, Feb 17, 2010 3:20pm PST

The finally released SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3, Slant Six's portable shooter with a not-so-portable name, requires players to...

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"Its not as cut and dry as that. First off, cars are needed for transportation, they aren't ..."

- haysoos see all 39 comments

Ubisoft's New PC DRM Really Requires Net Access, Ends Game If Disconnected

By Chris Faylor, Feb 17, 2010 1:20pm PST

Ubisoft wasn't kidding when it said that its new digital rights management technique mandates "an active Internet connection to play the game, for...

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"You miss the main point though! Every time a game doesn't sell well, the developer's say it's ..."

- uk_john see all 449 comments

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 PC DRM Detailed

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 27, 2010 6:40am PST

The SecuROM DRM solution used in DICE's shooter Battlefield: Bad Company 2 has been explained by lead programmer Mikael Kalms over on the...

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"Indeed, the flying aspects of BF have always struck me as something that was targeted for a ..."

- Skillmore see all 108 comments

Ubisoft Unveils New PC DRM Requiring Online Connection To Play (Updated)

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 26, 2010 10:00am PST

Update: Ubisoft has sent over an FAQ with more details (below) including a promise that should the service be stopped, games would be patched to...

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"Well, for a satirical post this might be maybe a bit too close to reality already..."

- badoli see all 301 comments

Aliens vs. Predator PC and Napoleon: Total War Incorporate Steamworks, Require Steam

By Chris Faylor, Jan 25, 2010 2:30pm PST

All digital and retail copies of Napoleon: Total War and Aliens vs. Predator PC will pack Steamworks integration, publisher SEGA and digital...

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"Steam doesn't suck. It's easy to copy games another computer with Steam. It's easy to play ..."

- Dessicator82 see all 79 comments

BioShock 2 PC DRM Plans Scaled Back

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 25, 2010 6:50am PST

BioShock 2 publisher 2K Games is "scaling back" its DRM restrictions on PC, community manager Elizabeth Tobey has explained, potentially spelling...

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"It is so painfully obvious that this "scaling back DRM" is nothing more than a pre-planned ..."

- pixelateddoc see all 217 comments

BioShock 2 PC Requirements, DRM Revealed

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 20, 2010 7:40am PST

Update: The listing has been updated to declare a high "15 machine activation limit," after which--if hit without any deactivations--players would...

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"Other games on Steam have Securom, like I said. Sorry I didn't see every single bit of info ..."

- OmegaRed59 see all 419 comments

Mass Effect 2 PC Requirements, DRM Revealed

By Alice O'Connor, Nov 25, 2009 7:51am PST

BioWare has today unveiled the PC system requirements for its much-anticipated Mass Effect 2, as well as the barebones DRM solution the sci-fi RPG...

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"Thanks to overclocking I extended my PC's life another year or so, long live overclocking. Free ..."

- ReckHavoc see all 67 comments

Modern Warfare 2 Shunned by Several Digital Distributors Due to Steam 'Trojan Horse'

By Alice O'Connor, Nov 06, 2009 11:00am PST

Major digital distributors Direct2Drive, GamersGate and Impulse have refused to stock Infinity Ward's highly

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"Rigghhhht. They aren't selling it because of things like 'steam' inclusion, which is obviously a ..."

- vHazardous see all 209 comments

ECA Forms 'Gamers for Digital Rights' Group

By Nick Breckon, Oct 01, 2009 10:50am PDT

The non-profit Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) today announced the formation of the "Gamers for Digital Rights," a new group with the...

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"I guess I could get behind this if it would advocate sensible DRM, ala Steam and denounce ..."

- daggot see all 7 comments

SecuROM Maker, GameStop Join PC Gaming Alliance as Activision Blizzard and Acer Leave

By Chris Faylor, Apr 15, 2009 9:12am PDT

The PC Gaming Alliance has lost two of its founding members, as Activision Blizzard, the company behind such major PC titles as World of Warcraft...

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"But thats just wrong, first I doubt it can be called a rehash seeing how they are very different ..."

- Sparvy see all 45 comments

The Chronicles of Riddick DRM Sparks Outcry

By Chris Faylor, Apr 09, 2009 10:22am PDT

Reports that the PC version of The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena can only be installed three times have sparked another round of...

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"Please do follow the logic in a business endeavor exactly as you've outlined above; we'll all ..."

- ornee see all 159 comments

EA Releases General DRM De-Authorization Tool

By Chris Faylor, Mar 31, 2009 2:11pm PDT

Now available on FileShack is the EA Game De-Authorization Management Tool, a 5.42MB download meant to help owners of EA PC games balance install...

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"You would think that buying/developing the DRM, plus the support calls, plus the negative press, ..."

- axiomatic see all 23 comments

The Sims 3 Won't Use 'Invasive' DRM

By Alice O'Connor, Mar 26, 2009 11:37am PDT

The Sims 3 will feature greatly simplified copy protection with no online activation when it launches for PC and Mac on June 2, The Sims label head...

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"Is there going to be a massive online component to Sims 3? If so that would help keep the ..."

- dangerdoggie see all 44 comments

New Stardock Tech 'Throws Goo on DRM,' Allows Gamers to Resell Downloaded Games

By Chris Faylor, Mar 25, 2009 3:02pm PDT

Elemental: War of Magic developer and Sins of a Solar Empire publisher Stardock today unveiled Goo, a new technology that the company claims will...

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"Being able to resell your game license is great news. Not being able to do that is one of the ..."

- LemonJoose see all 56 comments