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'Steamworks Makes DRM Obsolete,' Claims Valve

By Chris Faylor, Mar 24, 2009 8:50am PDT

In a press release celebrating its free development and publishing toolset, Half-Life creator and Steam operator Valve declared that "Steamworks...

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"Just because it's POSSIBLE to turn of steam's forced updating, doesn't mean it's ideal and ..."

- UMG see all 89 comments

DRM 'A Waste of Time,' Says World of Goo Dev

By Chris Faylor, Mar 23, 2009 3:00pm PDT

Utilizing digital rights management as a means to prevent piracy is "a waste of time," according to 2D Boy co-founder and World of Goo co-creator...

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"Although you can buy World of Goo via Steam, you can also get it directly from developers (or ..."

- Hollow Man see all 120 comments

Empire: Total War Release Date, Min. Specs Arrive; Uses Steam for DRM

By Chris Faylor, Jan 27, 2009 10:52am PST

Creative Assembly's historical strategy game Empire: Total War will ship to retailers on March 3 and be available for purchase on March 4,...

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"Can anyone help me i have empire total war but the highest graphics i can have is medium. Even ..."

- Crazyboy505 see all 35 comments

Crysis Warhead DRM Deauthorization Tool Released

By Chris Faylor, Jan 26, 2009 12:34pm PST

Now available on FileShack is the DRM deauthorization tool for Crysis Warhead. The paltry 1.04 MB download allows owners of the...

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"then why does the Steam page say it has securom with a 5 machine activation limit..."

- Torias see all 20 comments

DRM Issues Spoil Steam Holiday Sale

By Chris Faylor, Jan 02, 2009 10:37am PST

Some of those that recently bought GSC Game World's S.TA.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky and Egosoft's X3: Terran Conflict were temporarily unable to activate...

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"it was almost definitely there before FC2 was released - i remember talking about this before ..."

- xsoulbrothax see all 72 comments

Spore DRM De-Authorization Tool Released

By Chris Faylor, Dec 18, 2008 7:36am PST

Now available from FileShack is the Spore PC De-Authorization Tool. As the controversial DRM behind EA Maxis' popular simulation allows the...

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"I played for a day and a half, then I went back to watch the early demo video's and cry over the ..."

- TANSTAAFL420 see all 22 comments

Valve's Newell: 'Most DRM Strategies Are Just Dumb'

By Nick Breckon, Dec 02, 2008 2:36pm PST

Valve co-founder Gabe Newell left no doubt about his company's stance on DRM in a recent email to a fan. "As far as DRM goes, most DRM...

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"It's like everyone is assuming I get some kind of popup that says steam can't connect to valve's ..."

- mobab see all 140 comments

Grand Theft Auto 4 PC Uses SecuROM DRM, Rockstar Addresses Common Complaints

By Chris Faylor, Nov 28, 2008 10:18am PST

The December 2-due PC release of Grand Theft Auto IV will utilize the oft-criticized SecuROM copy protection, publisher Rockstar has confirmed,...

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"Pretty much a no-win situation for Rock*. It's either we whine about the PC port graphic ..."

- VisitorQ see all 253 comments

PCGA President: Spore DRM Revolt Was Gamers' Boston Tea Party

By Blake Ellison, Nov 12, 2008 2:32pm PST

Randy Stude, the outspoken president of the PC Gaming Alliance, has arrived at some conclusions about game piracy after turning his attention to...

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"Adobe products worth the price? So you were happy when they bought flash and jacked the price ..."

- Cruciform see all 14 comments

EA Hit With Two More DRM Class-Action Lawsuits

By Blake Ellison, Nov 10, 2008 10:13am PST

Electronic Arts is the recipient of two additional lawsuits related to SecuROM DRM technology, this time in relation to Spore Creature Creator and...

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"See that's why I said "I never INTENTIONALLY buy anything from these companies" Other than my ..."

- pixelateddoc see all 45 comments

Sacred 2 DRM Encourages Sharing with 'Try Before You Buy' Program

By Chris Faylor, Nov 07, 2008 8:45am PST

Owners of Ascaron's PC action-RPG Sacred 2--due in North America on November 11--will be able to share the full game with friends and family for...

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"Two computers at once is acceptable. That seems like a sane compromise between "dude who ..."

- Ebu see all 37 comments

PCGA President: 'Let's Monetize Those Pirates'

By Blake Ellison, Oct 20, 2008 12:38pm PDT

PC Gaming Alliance president Randy Stude has decided to turn his industry consortium's attention toward piracy after months of DRM controversy and...

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"Pirates are able to play pirated games because they are able to crack it and make the game think ..."

- 1_6_8 see all 88 comments

Will Wright Speaks on Spore DRM

By Blake Ellison, Oct 16, 2008 3:30pm PDT

Will Wright himself has finally spoken up on the downright ugly DRM controversy surrounding his latest creation, Spore (PC). Kotaku asked Wright...

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"Well a leash is still a leash, regardless of how long or flimsy it is, no? People keep saying ..."

- Azure013 see all 29 comments

Diablo 3 Coming After StarCraft II, Blizzard Talks DRM and Steam

By Blake Ellison, Oct 15, 2008 12:20pm PDT

Diablo III "will definitely be out after StarCraft II," said Blizzard design VP Rob Pardo. Pardo, in an extensive interview with Wired, also...

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"Is it me, or is this article's source really old? the wired article is dated October 15, 2008 "

- hyperwired see all 76 comments

Stardock Rates DRM Complaints, Revises Gamers Bill of Rights

By Chris Faylor, Oct 15, 2008 11:43am PDT

Based on the "amazing level of support from the publisher and developer community" that Stardock received from the initial Gamers Bill of Rights,...

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"the only form of DRM that really annoys me is limited installations... there's just too many ..."

- puppybone see all 63 comments