Originally Posted by cyanmcleod
all stores in my area have a no-return policy on PC games. doesnt matter if its still sealed and you have the receipt.
Well, that's just a plain lie, and an obvious one. I worked in the tech sales sector all through my degree. It is the law in many countries that retail outlets are prohibited from exchanging/returning opened software, due to concerns of piracy. I've never seen a store whose policy is to refuse the return of sealed products. Legally, I don't think it would be enforceable to issue a blanket "no return policy" unless the items are marked as such (final sale discounts and whatnot). That said, IANAL and I don't know how stringent the consumer protection laws are in the US. In Canada, our nanny state protects us from the Big Bad Best Buys.
Regardless, the burden of research is on the consumer. Steam is by far the least invasive form of DRM that I've seen. In fact, they go as far as to add value to the DRM, benefiting those who use it! Features like a permanent back-up of your games, streamlined content distribution, great sales, community features like friends and a social network. Somehow, I doubt Ubisoft is sitting in their offices thinking of ways to develop DRM that people like.
If using Steam is unacceptable there's obviously no pleasing you. Just don't game on PC.Edited by Dyslexyc - 1/13/11 at 10:17am