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Found a Cracked article that highlighted some pretty disastrous attempts at DRM over the years... Some of these are pretty unbelievable, thought you guys might enjoy it. smile.gif

http://www.cracked.com/article_20783_5-anti-piracy-strategies-that-screwed-over-regular-gamers.html
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These are great, ha.

It's funny, strict drm has actually made me not buy games I might otherwised have purchased, so they accomplish the opposite of what they set out to do which is prevent losing money.

I got scared off of buying assassins creed 2 on pc when it came out as it had a weird always online requirement that i read all these bad things about.
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Yeah not that I condone piracy but there are times when the pirated game is more enjoyable and playable then the retail release. The times when you have to authenticate and switch discs where as the pirated version is installed and played.
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This makes me happy that valve came in with a platform for drm that MOST don't mind. I actually prefer that all my games be on steam now if possible.
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Originally Posted by Mr gardoki View Post

This makes me happy that valve came in with a platform for drm that MOST don't mind. I actually prefer that all my games be on steam now if possible.

I prefer Steam as well. My dealings with them have been nothing but perfect. But it still sticks in the back of my mind that I don't actually own any of my, almost 100, games, I'm just allowed to play them on Steam's platform, and it only takes one error or mistake to take away hundreds and hundreds of dollars of games. It's like my games are being held hostage by a really nice guy.

Also, great quote from the article:

"Deleted the game to make more space for porn? Reformatted your computer to get rid of all the viruses that came with the porn? No more BioShock for you, then."
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DRM is a lose lose policy, by trying to protect sales you lose sales instead and they end up getting cracked anyway.

at the end of the day you dont own games you buy, you are only given the privilege to play them and only available for as long as they let you. your games are still held hostage by the host and any wrong move you get banned from your account of games
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Originally Posted by Flatline View Post

I prefer Steam as well. My dealings with them have been nothing but perfect. But it still sticks in the back of my mind that I don't actually own any of my, almost 100, games, I'm just allowed to play them on Steam's platform, and it only takes one error or mistake to take away hundreds and hundreds of dollars of games. It's like my games are being held hostage by a really nice guy.

I understand what you are saying but with discs you could always break them, scratch them, crack them, lose them, etc... I trust valve that I won't lose my games. Nothing is ever perfect and I probably own most of them only because valve sold them to me for cheap anyway biggrin.gif
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