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Assault on Dark Athena DRM Backlash

The Starbreeze Forums and Atari Forums for The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena each have threads complaining about the game's DRM, describing a non-revocable three-installation limit that does not allow further installations after it has been reached. This has inspired another protest centered on the reviews on the Amazon listing for the game, where an increasing number of reviews complain about the DRM. We contacted Atari about this and received the following response:

The protection on the PC version of The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is an activation system with online authentication required the first time you install the game on a machine. The activation code lets you install the game on up to 3 machines, with an unlimited number of installs on each assuming that you donít change any major hardware in your PC or re-install your operating system.

If you reach the maximum number of installations you can contact the Atari hotline and if itís a legitimate request you can get a new activation code.

We implement this protection in an effort to avoid early piracy.

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102. Re: On Dark Athena DRM Apr 13, 2009, 08:53 StingingVelvet
If what you say is true, why are movies, music and games still selling? After all, anybody can download all three things with ease. Movies and music have virtually no copy-protection yet they continue to be very successful industries. Games are harder to pirate, yes, but not that much harder. If nobody wanted to pay for them, they would simply download them.

You're completely ignoring the quality factor. Yes, with music you're mostly paying because you choose to, but it's also heavily documented that this caused the music industry to crash and lose tons and tons of revenue. They mostly profit from concerts and licensing now, which are not things you can pirate away from them.

Movies on the other hand most people pay for quality. The average bootleg sucks, quality wise, and has no special features. With HDTVs taking over people want decent looking content... you might know where to get great quality HD bootlegs, but I doubt most people do, or have the time/patience to download them and find the right codec to run them.

Which brings on another fact, that people want easy to use products. You think people all know where to download free movies and games, but that's just not true. I have people on forums ask me on a daily basis how to submit a Steam support ticket, or how to search for a patch on google, or how to use fraps. All that is easy to figure out on your own, but people can't do it. The average IQ in America is like 92 I think... people aren't smart on average... most of them probably buy DVDs and games because it's damn easy to do so, go to the store and buy it, put the disc in, play it, and voila! Looking at rental disc bottoms some people even have a hard time with this.

The simple fact is that if you had a guy stand outside Gamestop handing out free copies of some new game, no charge no questions, very few people would walk past him to buy the game. People enjoy the benefits of capitalism but they don't think about the cause and effect relationship of the system, their role in it or anything else... they just want their shit. We're an incredibly selfish species.
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