FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
Personally, I don't mind minimal DRM such as requiring the CD/DVD to be in the drive for start up of the game, and a CD key during installation. Anything past that starts to annoy me and deter me from buying a game. I do not pirate, but will simply not purchase a game for a PC with more DRM than that, unless it's downloaded via steam (but not with anymore DRM than steams default) or an MMO. I find not allowing family members to play the same game together on a LAN, and especially DRM like limited installs and secuROM to be particularly offensive as they do nothing more than assume a paying customer is a pirate. If a game like Spore can be hacked and made available before its release without any DRM, then why make the legal paying customers suffer? If DRM and secuROM are to be used on a game, I think EXACTLY what is to be used should be included on the game box in easily noticeable locations and with full disclosure, something like the surgeon general's warning on cigarette boxes. It should take up a full side of the box or large enough chunk that people can't miss it. Also, programs like secuROM should come with the uninstaller software, without having to download the uninstaller after hunting it down on the internet, or format your hard drive. Finally, if numbers are to be used in an arguement, please make sure they are the correct numbers and not made up or referenced incorrectly. See the following article for an example: http://arstechnica.com/articles/culture/dodgy-digits-behind-the-war-on-p... Sadly, DRM makes me want to pirate a game to give the developer the middle finger, rather than make me want to buy it. If a developer is going to treat me like a pirate when I legally purchase their game...what reason is there to actually buy a game just to be punished and treated like a pirate? It is my personal opinion that DRM hurts the gaming industry more than it helps. There isn't a single instance where DRM has worked, and the game hasn't been hacked and pirated as much as people want to. So why punish the people that buy the game and reward those that pirate it?