DRM News


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...


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

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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...


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

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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...


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

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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...


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

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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,...


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

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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...


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

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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...


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

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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...


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

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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...


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

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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,...


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

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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...


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

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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...


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

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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...


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

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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...


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

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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...


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

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