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Sister site Big Download contacted EA to find out if older PC games would become available, but the publisher wouldn't comment. Also, in case you're wondering, EA games on Steam apparently don't install or use third-party DRM set-ups. According to Valve "the only DRM it uses is Steam itself."
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post #2 of 39
hmm now that i can deal with.

steam = i can deal with it
activation DRM = want to curb-check it
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AHAHAHAHA! Awesome.

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I doubt that, I personally watched Steam installed SecureROM. Activation limit maybe, but there if there wasn't a DRM there would be no point in installing SecureROM
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If this is true, I may give a few EA titles a try now that I can get them without intrusive, rootkittish DRM's attached...
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post #6 of 39
yay
i think i am gonna switch completely over to Steam, and get all my games from there
Secure Rom, i can deal with, but Activation DRM i truly hate!
oh well since i encountered warhead having a DRM Activation Install Limit
i have decided to check each games DRM type before buying
if its secure rom, etc etc ill be fine with, but if its Activation DRM
i am not buying, ill pick another game

but as i said, i think ill switch over to Steam now

all my WarHead copy is good for now is displaying on my shelf
i got a new key from EA support, but it has 4 Activtions left
i have played the entire campaign, so i think ill leave it alone till i feel like playing it allot again
(i reformat n reinstall allot, so thats why i can't buy games with DRM Activation)
Edited by William151515 - 12/19/08 at 5:09pm
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William..SecuROM is the source of all the install limits.
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post #8 of 39
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Originally Posted by TestECull View Post
William..SecuROM is the source of all the install limits.
not true
it depends on what type of Secure Rom they choose to use
there's 1 when all it does is check the disk to make sure its genuine
and there is another when it choose to put a install activation limit on them
post #9 of 39
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Originally Posted by William151515 View Post
not true
it depends on what type of Secure Rom they choose to use
there's 1 when all it does is check the disk to make sure its genuine
and there is another when it choose to put a install activation limit on them
Yep.

For example, GTA4 and FO3 use SecureROM. But are there activation limits? Nope.
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I doubt that, I personally watched Steam installed SecureROM. Activation limit maybe, but there if there wasn't a DRM there would be no point in installing SecureROM
STEAM doesn't install secuROM - it's the game itself that does. When you install a fresh version of STEAM, it does not do install SecuROM. It's the specific game that has SecuROM that makes you install it.

For example, if I reinstalled Vista and downloaded STEAM - there would be no SecuROM at all. If I decided to download say STALKER CS or GTA4 - then yes - the game makes you install it before playing. If I choose to download Counter-Strike or Audiosurf, then no, SecuROM would not exist on my system.

The publishers gets to choose if it wants their own DRM alongside STEAM. Not to mention, SecuROM isn't a 1 time install thing. You install it per game that has it.

Valve obviously just said in their statement - that EA chose not to.

So, unless Valve is lying to our faces (which I highly DOUBT they would) - then no.
Edited by OmegaNemesis28 - 12/19/08 at 5:20pm
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