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Microsoft reverses stance on 24-hour check-in, used games for Xbox One [update]

By John Keefer, Jun 19, 2013 1:14pm PDT

Microsoft may be backtracking on its DRM and used game stance for the Xbox One.

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"For me the sad part is that MS was trying to do something even better than Steam. The whole ..."

- moco300 see all 328 comments

EA: Online Pass profits didn't balance out reputation damage and player frustration

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 14, 2013 6:45am PDT

EA is finally ditching Online Passes so the three-year experiment clearly didn't work out quite as it had hoped, but how bad was it? "The amount of money that we made, it didn't replace the amount of frustration we put on our customers and it didn't offset the reputation dam...

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"Ubisoft doesn't have the online check anymore since like 2011? I know Far Cry 3 worked fine ..."

- Sailor of Fortune see all 22 comments

EA's Gibeau: 'DRM is a failed dead-end strategy'

By Alice O'Connor, Mar 27, 2013 5:30pm PDT

SimCity was brought crashing down at launch by its always-online requirement, this we know. However, EA Labels president Frank Gibeau has sworn blind that the requirement was a result of the designers' MMO visions, not a DRM mandate handed down to Maxis from EA. He's ragged ...

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"" EA Labels president Frank Gibeau has sworn blind that the requirement was a result of the ..."

- baconwizard see all 67 comments

Ubisoft PC policy requires one-time activation, scraps always-on DRM

By Steve Watts, Sep 05, 2012 10:30am PDT

Ubisoft has scrapped its always-on and start-up verification DRM requirements for PC games, stating that its new policy as of June 2011 is to only require a one-time activation.

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"bravo ubisoft bravo, a well thought out move here, i am glad your listening to your customers, ..."

- bloodreviara see all 18 comments

CD Projekt Red swears off DRM

By Steve Watts, Mar 12, 2012 12:00pm PDT

The CEO of CD Projekt Red has claimed that DRM simply does not work, and promised that its games will "never use any DRM anymore."

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"There are a few games I have that still work even with steam closed. Mostly small indie stuff ..."

- pyide see all 17 comments

Borderlands 2 PC uses Steamworks

By Alice O'Connor, Feb 29, 2012 6:30am PST

The PC edition Borderlands 2 will use Valve's Steamworks suite as its DRM. Gearbox's shooter RPG will pack Steamworks features including multiplayer matchmaking, Steam Cloud storage, achievements, auto-updating, downloadable content, "and more."

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"its like diablo 3, yeah it's repetitive but it's meaty and worth a lot of hours of some fun ..."

- kainen1 see all 117 comments

Ubisoft server migration breaks supposedly safe games

By Alice O'Connor, Feb 08, 2012 9:30am PST

Ubisoft had warned that a number of its PC games would be unplayable while the publisher transferred servers, thanks to its frightful DRM, but it seems some games supposed to be safe are not working either.

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"Early reports suggest the problem only affects paying customers. For reasons not well ..."

- yourGarbageMan see all 7 comments

Steam DRM declared a success by Football Manager 2012 dev

By Alice O'Connor, Dec 08, 2011 11:45am PST

Though many fans were upset when Football Manager 2012 became the first in the PC sim series to require Steam, developer Sports Interactive has credited the move with helping reduce piracy, seeing FM2012 cracked 15 days later than the games "usually" are.

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"Yeah, it's the #3 most popular game on steam at the moment and 56,000 people are playing. Must ..."

- lord cecil see all 9 comments

Witcher 2 studio co-founder says DRM doesn't work

By Garnett Lee, Nov 29, 2011 5:30pm PST

The Witcher 2 has sold over 1 million copies without DRM. Studio co-founder Marcin Iwinski says it simply doesn't work and they succeed by offering extras with their game and educating the consumer.

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"I wish I could link to warez forums where this has been discussed with polls taken, and roughly ..."

- pizzaput see all 103 comments

Assassin's Creed Revelation will not use 'always-on' DRM

By Xav de Matos, Nov 10, 2011 10:00am PST

Ubisoft has revealed that Assassin's Creed Revelations on the PC will not utilize the company's contentious DRM system.

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"OMFG ITS COMING OUT TOMMOROW IM GETTING IT FIRST THING IN THE MORNING!!!"

- hijacker02 see all 13 comments

Take On Helicopters' anti-piracy tech defended by devs

By Alice O'Connor, Nov 09, 2011 7:30am PST

Unsuspecting pirates playing Take On Helicopters have found their vision turned watery, and not with tears of shame. Bohemia has explained its anti-piracy scheme, saying developers have a responsibility to "try to protect their company's future."

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"I have pirated some games, i admit this. But the only reason i do it, is because i'm stuck on ..."

- Smok3r225 see all 66 comments

From Dust PC DRM patched to allow offline play

By Alice O'Connor, Sep 09, 2011 7:15am PDT

As promised, Ubisoft has scaled back From Dust's DRM so you can now play the PC edition whilst offline.

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"^^ This :). Forcing always online because of piracy, is a huge mistake, because it hurts the ..."

- Longgshot see all 27 comments

Ubisoft to remove online authentication requirement in From Dust on PC

By Xav de Matos, Aug 22, 2011 7:15pm PDT

From Dust will have all of its online authentication DRM removed on PC, Ubisoft has revealed.

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"I would like to hear that they are going to sell a keyboard like the one of the switchblae but ..."

- Longgshot see all 32 comments

Diablo 3 online requirement to prevent hacks

By Steve Watts, Aug 22, 2011 2:30pm PDT

Diablo 3 game director Jay Wilson talks about the hacks that led to an always-on requirement for Diablo 3, and shrugged off concerns that some players may not have an internet connection.

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"This is stupid. What's next? Shacknews will follow suit and require online connection to post on ..."

- dookiebot see all 232 comments

Driver: San Francisco PC DRM toned down

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 18, 2011 7:30am PDT

Ubisoft has scaled back its DRM plans for Driver: The City That Knows How on PC, following fan feedback. Previously it was planned to require a permanent Internet connection, but now you'll only need to be online to launch it.

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"Same here too.... It is quite sad that they go to Ubisoft to publish the game... "

- p34nk see all 15 comments