Originally Posted by Riou
A lot of you guys already support online DRM. You use Windows XP, Vista, and 7. Same with Office. It does not matter if it is a hard copy or digital copy. Microsoft can invalidate your key at any time.
Only difference is that after activating these products, we are free to use them as long as our computers will boot.
With Steam type DRM, not only do we have the typical DRM "worries" you link with Windows activation type DRM, but your use of the products also depends on your internet reliability, the third party's server reliability and whether you made sure to sign into offline mode at least once in case your internet ever randomly dies for any great period of time so that you can actually use offline mode.
Also, things like Windows, AN application or A game are singular. If MS decide they're going to kill my windows key, I don't need to somehow crack 50 games.
With the other type of DRM, all they need do is remove your account from their registers and tens/hundreds of pieces of individual/unrelated software are immediately no longer legally accessible to you (without paying for them or cracking them, which is impossible for online bound apps/games).Edited by GrizzleBoy - 8/9/12 at 9:29am