Comments on: How DRM destroys the gaming industry Independent PC Game Reviews & Guides Wed, 11 Jul 2018 21:49:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: ‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’ to be released DRM Free | The Flaming Games Blog Fri, 12 Apr 2013 06:37:40 +0000 [...] of The Witcher games, “Wild Hunt”, will be released some time in 2014 absolutely DRM free, meaning that, as with the second installment, the software will not come with anti-piracy [...]

By: John Thu, 10 May 2012 22:46:21 +0000 I think that the argument that pirates are taking the food out of the mouths of the developers children is a little ridiculous. The piracy probably does affect the profits of the gaming company and I don’t use pirated games. It may, in part, prevent software developers from making as many games as they could without the privacy.

I think that the original poster’s point is that DRM as currently implemented may not be the best solution. Those without an internet connection should have some way to validate their game without having the constant internet connection.

I actually kind of like the idea of having my games managed for me (i.e. steam). I don’t have to worry about keeping up with the discs and codes. The gaming cloud may not be the solution that everyone likes but seems to be the wave of the future.

By: Richard Arndt USA Fri, 30 Dec 2011 16:30:04 +0000 Hello.
I have been Playing pc games fron the early days on ie. remember the 8088 computer. (1989-90)
Its gone down hill with DRM. i have my stack of old games to new Steam is crap. Ea im done with and there games use to be the best. The Golden age of adventure gamming (Star flight)

My point is im done with pc games untell DRM is done away with.

Stand up and fight for your consumer right. Boycott DRM games.
thank you.

By: Roy Fri, 25 Nov 2011 14:05:30 +0000 I don’t really agree with the people that say downloading a game is bad.

I do agree with Axe about the drowning standards for game developers when the game-industry is going to collapse (This is why I like blizzard, they actually finish a game. I can assure myself of a copy of Diablo 3 once in comes out).

Downloading shouldn’t be a bad thing (especially not on games).

This is why: I just bought GTA10 in the store. I will install it on my computer to find out that the graphics suck big time, and that the game isn’t really my thing.

Or, of course: The new GTA10 has just released, I’m just going to download this to see if it fits me. Well it does not, so I will not buy this in store and will not check out the multiplayer content.

To make my point really easy:
Buying a car without knowing how it looks (most game trailers are not ingame footage). Evetually looks bad (graphics), engine is one of the stone age (bad gameplay) and the chairs are broken (bugs & crashes).

By: Abe Thu, 27 Jan 2011 07:26:18 +0000 True ,DRM is backfiring at a massive rate.
It happens more than ones i had to download a crack to play the game i bought.
It was even so bad that the advice of the studio of the Witcher game was to download a crack!
Later they removed the drm in patch , the bad publicity did hurt them bad at that moment .
It will make “good” people download illegal games , why ? Because if the ones you buy are worse to play than the ones you download illegal , it makes people angry and hatred that companies make them feel like criminals so they become criminals ,its bad but its very logic if you look at it in a physiologic view ,its still bad but that’s how human behaviour works .It gives them an excuse.
All things in life are not black and white , we wish they where but its not that easy :)
If you wonder.. yes i still buy them ;) and yes i will use cracks to make my game experience optimal if necessary !

By: Axe99 Wed, 26 Jan 2011 20:57:52 +0000 @Fred

Your example shows the failure of human intelligence that leads to both the environmental issues and gamers actually destroying their own hobby. Let me spell it out for you – every time you pirate a game instead of paying for it, those dollars that would have been paid to the people that made that game get spent on something else (beer, food, whatever). The price of a game is $40-$60US in many cases – that’s what, 2 days rent, two meals for the family? That’s what you’re taking from someone when you do that. Piracy costs peoples jobs, and game pirates mean game developers become unemployed (and often have to leave the industry to another industry that isn’t rampant with IP piracy).

Even if you’re a heartless SOB that doesn’t care about making people unemployed, when those devs leave the industry (or are unemployed) they’re not making games. Less competition means less pressure on developers, which means lower quality games (so even if you don’t like the devs going out of business, in the long run it’ll mean the devs you do like aren’t held to as high a standard).

Basically, any gamer who pirates is either stupid, selfish and generally both. The available stats on torrents show, clear as day, that it’s the number one issue damaging the games industry and yet pirates (presumably because they’re stupid) think that they’re not doing anything wrong. Wake up to yourselves kiddies.

By: Fred Wed, 26 Jan 2011 14:05:44 +0000 DRMs are good for nothing except entertaining the famous(or infamous?) pirate groups (as I heard they all like challenge) and feeding the useless programmers(its creators) with money.You cant name a game which wasnt pirated in max 1-2 days after its release(except MMOs).

By: Fred Wed, 26 Jan 2011 13:59:01 +0000 Piracy is like environmental pollution .You are just a drop in the ocean and it doesnt really matter what you do.If you throw the cola flask out of your cars window you wont kill earth(and for a big company 40-50$ is nothing).Piracy and environment pollution is bad and I would stop it if I could but I cant,in the end you are still just 1 drop in the ocean.

Your options:

a.)pay for a game and wait 1-2 days for its arrival,go for it yourself(wasting time and petrol) or download it from steam(the steam DRM is just +wasted disc space).


b.)download it for free without DRM(and without connection required to play) and play in a few hours

Which person is the stupid a.) or b.)?You decide.

By: Wolvenmoon Tue, 25 Jan 2011 21:35:56 +0000 One executive once said “Everyone who disagrees with DRM is a pirate.” ( paraphrased ), his words carry more weight than yours among the people who can change this industry, so you have to prove everything you say.

You’re arguing an uphill battle and I don’t think you have the force behind the weight of your logic to push your argument to the top. Think more deeply into each of your points. Figure out potential counterarguments, weigh them fairly in your text and preemptively shoot them down.

Argue as if you were speaking to an audience who is going to disagree with you. Don’t argue with hostility, but with empirical evidence. If you make an argument without it to people who are in business you instantly find your argument treading water in an icy lake.


By: BAT Tue, 25 Jan 2011 09:11:55 +0000 If I pay for the right to play a game, why do I need to pay full price a second time when I accidentally scratch my disc?