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Episode 239: This Episode is DRM-free

November 16th, 2011 by jonahfalcon · 4 Comments

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This week, Paul is too busy unpacking in his new home in California, so it’s just Jonah and Jordan, as the news mainly deals with DRM. The Gaming Flashback this week is the Activision racer The Great American Cross-Country Road Race, while this week’s Gaming History doesn’t focus on a video game company or developer, but a fictional character instead, Mario’s favorite mount, Yoshi.

The news this week includes:

  • EA forum bans cause game bans
  • Research film states piracy’s up 20% in past 5 years
  • GOG sez customers hate DRM
  • Steam user database cracked
  • Uncharted 3 launches with 1.1M sold in first week

All that plus Reader Feedback and the Question of the Week, “What DRM would you tolerate?”

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 DynamicJulNo Gravatar // Nov 16, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    In before Herr_Alien. 🙂
    Come on Paul! How many podcasts are you going to miss?

    @GOG says customers hate DRM: Of course they do! Just like you said, DRM only hurts the customers and not the pirates. And yes, please bring back games filled with physical content, I would love to have stuff like that.

    @QOTW: Sorry, don’t know of any DRM that I could tolerate. I know that pirates shouldn’t be accepted, but unfortunately there’s nothing that can be done about them.

  • 2 Herr_AlienNo Gravatar // Nov 17, 2011 at 4:41 am

    @DynamicJul
    😀 Actually it is a nice change. The time zone difference usually works in my favor (Eastern Europe), but it’s not completely impossible for somebody from US to get in first.

    @EA forum bans cause game bans:
    So apparently they didn’t fix the issue yet … they’re still using one database to handle the authentication for both systems.
    If you think of it, you don’t even need two databases with the same user/password data, you only need separate databases to store forum bans from whole-account bans.
    Correcting the bug should not be that difficult and it will make a huge impact for the better.

    @piracy’s up 20% in past 5 years:
    Games for free? Who would think this would ever be a lucrative business? 😛
    I for one would pirate the shit out of Assassin’s Creed 2, just to point out that intrusive DRM is not ok. I’m not that much into that kind of game though, so …

    @GOG sez customers hate DRM
    And for good reason. As long as the code reaches the client, any DRM measures in it will be bypassed. Not might be bypassed, not could be bypassed, WILL be bypassed.
    As for physical content, well, you still have those Deluxe editions.

    @Steam user database cracked:
    Not the best of the possible news. I don’t like to have the credit card info stored on servers, and in my envision of an online store, the credit card info is never stored. Yes, with every purchase you would need to type in the number again, but unless you check out very often (instead of putting more items in the basket then checking out) it should be quite ok.

    @QOTW:
    Steam, and the regular CD-key.

    Jonah, regarding DynamicJul’s comment, I think you mean pseudo-code. And it’s not really about pseudo-code; as long as you know (1) what you want the program to do and (2) how to do it in one language, it will be easy to get the same thing from another language. The main hurdle in all software companies is not about learning a new language, is more about figuring out what the software you’re making is supposed to do.

  • 3 DynamicJulNo Gravatar // Nov 17, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Actually my time zone is GMT +1 so it’s the same. Also, I forgot to mention that my country doesn’t have things such as ‘Microsoft offices’ or ‘video game shops’ so I have to buy everything off the internet and it isn’t possible to fix an Xbox 360 over the internet.

  • 4 EagiNo Gravatar // Nov 23, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Wait… taking fallout 3 apart and putting it back together again? This time it’s a brand new engine, so even if they learnt some stuff from the previous games, it’s not like they could reuse that much this time as they have done between previous games.

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