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EA on C&C4 DRM

A tweet by EA's Jeff Green relates his own experience with problems with the DRM in EA's own Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight which were severe enough that he thinks something needs to change (this was posted a few days ago, noticed by Ars Technica). He starts by tweeting: "Booted twice--and progress lost--on my single-player C&C4 game because my DSL connection blinked. DRM fail. We need new solutions," and: "Welp. I've tried to be open-minded. But my 'net connection is finicky--and the constant disruption of my C&C4 SP game makes this unplayable." He added: "Yeah, Steam's ability to have off-line play is the clear, better model when talking about SP games," and then added a couple of comments to temper his reaction, saying "However, C&C4 experiments w/what a 'single-player game' is--given it's constantly uploading progress/stats for unlocks. It's complicated," and: "I think if we think of C&C4 as an 'online-only' game--which it basically is--then maybe we'd adjust our expectations accordingly."

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50. Re: EA on C&C4 DRM Mar 24, 2010, 23:50 Prez
 
I was in diapers in 1970. I don't think Bluesnews was around then.

I try not to be cynical and jaded, but I can't make myself view this "tweet" (God that's such a stupid fucking name...) as anything other than a calculated attempt at damage control and not just some guy trying to be honest and open. I just can't buy that all these smart designers never stopped to think of the consequences of requiring a constant, uninterrupted net connection to play a single player game.

What really upsets me (at least as upset as I allow myself to get over gaming) is that I know in my gut that the whole design direction of C&C4, which is a drastic, dubious change from the tried and true C&C formula, was built around this DRM. Persistent stats? Unlocks and level grinds? Those have nothing to do with C&C. The game was haphazardly re-designed in a ham-fisted attempt to give the constant online requirement DRM some sort of alternate function. I guess we're all supposed to buy that BS that this game has no DRM - "it's only there because we turned C&C into a half-assed MMO, dontcha know?"

I find that pretty insulting.
 
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