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The Settlers 7 Gets More DRM Details, New Trailer, Digital-Only Gold Edition

By Alice O'Connor, Feb 19, 2010 11:18am PST

The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom publisher Ubisoft has announced a 'Gold Edition' of Blue Byte's city-building strategy and released a new trailer covering its 'Victory Points' system, while further details have surfaced of its implentation of Ubisoft's


"No, it's just supposed to not let people play that actually didn't buy it. If they feel they ..."

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Metro 2033 Uses Steamworks on PC

By Alice O'Connor, Feb 19, 2010 9:43am PST

Valve Software's Steamworks suite will power all PC copies of 4A's post-apocalyptic shooter Metro 2033, Valve and publisher THQ announced today....


"yeah GWFL is fucking awful. Steam has a nice interface, while GWFL wants to rape your ..."

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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...


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

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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...


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

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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...


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

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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...


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

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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...


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

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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...


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

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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...


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

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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...


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

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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


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

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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...


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

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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...


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

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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...


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

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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...


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

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