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https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/institute-industry-wide-return-policy-video-games-rely-remote-servers-and-drm-function-properly/nMy1wrtC

"Video and computer games are growing increasingly reliant on remote servers and the implementation of Digital Rights Management (DRM) to function properly.

When these measures fail, consumers are left with an unplayable experience. In these cases, the consumer should have the right to expect a full refund, whether the game was purchased in physical or digital form.

SimCity from publisher Electronic Arts is a recent example of why such a law is crucial. Even 72 hours after its release, players are unable to log in and play, rendering their $60 purchase useless. Yet they have no recourse for a refund.

Consumer protection laws vary from state to state. Please institute a universal, industry-wide refund policy for defective entertainment both digital and physical."

Let's do this. (I did not make the petition just spreading the word)
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Do you really need the government to babysit gamers? an simpler solution would be to research what DRM it has and if you want to support it,buy it. mmmm never mind, that would be too much of a effort.
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Do you really need the government to babysit gamers? an simpler solution would be to research what DRM it has and if you want to support it,buy it. mmmm never mind, that would be too much of a effort.

Lmao, so true.
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Why is this on the US government website? That is the most stupid idea I have seen this year.

What you should do is get people to WRITE real LETTERS and send it to EA.

They can ignore this but a few thousand letters they can't.
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Why is this on the US government website? That is the most stupid idea I have seen this year.

What you should do is get people to WRITE real LETTERS and send it to EA.

They can ignore this but a few thousand letters they can't.

because people need someone to hold their hands when they buy things.
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So it's that big of a problem, right? thinking.gif
 
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because people need someone to hold their hands when they buy things.

How sadly true. Someday people will realize that this is the way it is going and there is nothing we can do about it as they are marking more money
so they have no incentive to stop.
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Not going to come close to 93,000 signatures because people are too lazy to sign up. biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by Azuredragon1 View Post

Do you really need the government to babysit gamers? an simpler solution would be to research what DRM it has and if you want to support it,buy it.

Personally I agree with you 100%, but in their defense that same argument can be make for a number of items (cars for example). That doesn't protect the manufacturer from being liable from class action lawsuits.
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Why is this on the US government website? That is the most stupid idea I have seen this year.

What you should do is get people to WRITE real LETTERS and send it to EA.

They can ignore this but a few thousand letters they can't.

It being on a government website is no different from complaints with the BBB. Also, some can argue your suggestion to write letters is "the most stupid idea of the year". What's a few thousand letters when they have a few MILLION buyers?
    
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That website should, in my opinion, be used for serious issues and not a video game.

There are other, better sites for it to go.

Here for example: https://www.change.org/petitions/electronic-arts-inc-remove-always-online-drm-from-simcity-and-future-games
Edited by Tsar - 3/9/13 at 1:49pm
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