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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.

Top 10 Pirated Games of 2008

Looking for something to download this X-mas season?  What better way to get a choice than checking out the top 10 pirated games of 2008!  According to Shacknews, the top 10 pirated games of 2008 is below.

  1. Spore / 1,700,000 / Sept. 2008
  2. The Sims 2 / 1,150,000 / Sept. 2004
  3. Assassins Creed / 1,070,000 / Nov. 2007
  4. Crysis / 940,000 / Nov. 2007
  5. Command & Conquer 3 / 860,000 / Mar. 2007
  6. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare / 830,000 / Nov. 2007
  7. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas / 740,000 / Jun. 2005
  8. Fallout 3 / 645,000 / Oct. 2008
  9. Far Cry 2 / 585,000 / Oct. 2008
  10. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 / 470,000 / Oct. 2008

Now are you surprised that Spore tops the list? It had a lot of hype, and people were disgusted with the DRM protection on it.  Of course people are going to get the pirated version of it.  Hell, the only people that suffer in this escapade are the people who buy the game since they are stuck with the 3 limit acivation on Spore.

Now Pro Evolution Soccer 2009? Whatever.  I didn’t think a soccer game could be that popular.  Anyone remember the Fifa series? ;0

What do you think?  What games have you tried off this list?  Give us your short review of what you think is good to get this X-mas season. ;0