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2. Re: Op Ed Jul 14, 2009, 10:42 eunichron
 
It just seems like most forms of DRM are more restrictive on the purchasers of games now than the pirates. Limited number of installs, requiring internet connections for single player, things like that.

I'm not against DRM. As a fan of the music and video games industry for >15 years now, I consider game designers artists, and I think they have a right to protect their IP; it is their livelihood after all.

But, pirates will pirate games. There's nothing stopping them. That's what they do. DRM is just a small bump in the road. Big name AAA titles will still be cracked on day 1 (most often before release). Most games are cracked within the first week.

All these situations just lead me to believe that DRM will become more and more intrusive down the road, further punishing those people that do pay for games, while the pirates happily play their single player DRM free.

A side note, I always thought Steam would be a decent form of DRM. A streamlined delivery system that's required to play. But I also figured that games would cost less on Steam, and I think that is one of the major negatives of Steam since it's inception. Since the cost of games tends to be a recurring theme as to why some people pirate, it makes me wonder how much piracy may be curbed if systems like Steam were charging $35 for a brand new game, instead of the same $50 shelf price that includes a box, DVD, and manual.
 
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