Honest Consumer Get Bit By DRM – Goes to Piracy
4-6-10: Initial Release.
Today I was doing some reading on the Internet, and I came across the article below. I ask you to read it and come back here, it is a short read.
In summary, the gamer had purchased a copy of Red Faction Guerrilla. Installed the game, and played it for awhile before the hard drive died on him. He got a new hard drive, reinstalled the game, and because of the DRM protection, he was unable to play this game. After duking it out with customer support and getting absolutely no where, he ended up downloading a pirated copy, which in fact ran better and allowed him to play online!
In these situations, is it legal or illegal? The user did buy the game, but due to DRM, it forced him to attend to other means. What is even more interesting is that some game studios (Ubisoft, EA Games) where in order to play a single player game, you have to be connected to the Internet.
To the poor gamer who can’t afford online access, he just bought himself a new paperweight. The funny part is that Ubisoft came out with Assassin Creed II for PC (which has 24/7 DRM protection), and let’s just say that the game got cracked almost instantly. What is even more ridiculous is that over the course of several weekends, there were Denial of Service attacks on Ubisoft server’s, thus rendering the games of legitimate players useless while the pirates played hardcore in their basements laughing.
Is DRM necessary? Yes and no. The problem with it all is that it punishes the legitimate players because the illegitimate ones are engaging in the rampant piracy. Why else do you think we are seeing more and more PC games with the LAN feature missing? >_>
So what would you do if your DRM game forced you to go buy another copy? Would you do it? This is why if you have to be a smart STD. Research your games, and make sure you get games without DRM. Either that, or go get an executable to remove the DRM for you.