FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
The below statements are geared toward DRM in the gaming industry. Generally I do not have a problem with DRM. Inserting a cd-key to install a game usually does not generate any aggravation. What does cause aggravation though, is summed up into the following points: 1. Having to connect to the internet or stay connected to the internet to play/install a game. Sometime there are places I am in where there is no internet. I should be able to install/play a game without having to connect to the internet just to verify that what I am installing/playing. 2. Not being able to run a game unless I have the cd physically in the drive. I have a major problem with this, as I try to keep my cds in good condition. Playing different games meaning swapping out cds, thereby increasing risk of damage or descrution of disks. 3. Having to insert the same key for one game multiple times. This is very apparent in the Dawn of War series. When upgrading, I have to re-insert the original key(s) just to re-prove that i installed a legit copy. Its not to hard to check to see if the key was already verified by the install of that part of the game. One key-per game-per install. 4. Having an install limit. I find this very irritating. I can only install a game a certain amount of times before I have to physically call someone just to be able to play MY game that I PAID FOR. When I buy a game, I want to be able to install and uninstall at will as many times as I want with having to call anyone and without having to connect to the internet to submit a form to obtain more installs. 5. Installing sub or hidden programs onto my computer other than the game. I do not like it when installing a game it installs other programs with out my consent or knowledge. These are some points that I feel that needs to be changed in order for a more healthy relationship between player and publisher. The current schemes make me as well as other people feel like the publisher/developer are treating us like criminals just because we are trying to support them.