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Dragon Age II SecuROM Follow-up

Reclaim Your Game follows up further on their report that SecuROM is present in Dragon Age II, and BioWare's and EA's contention that the game's release control does not constitute SecuROM. They dig into the semantics of the situation, asserting that the game uses "SecuROM Release Control." They also have an article explaining why they have decided not to work with EA on these DRM-related issues, saying: "We left Bioware and EA to sort themselves out," before going on to expressing their willingness to work with other developers, publishers, and digital distributors to manage such issues. We inquired whether this was a commercial service, and they confirmed it is: "This is a commercial service we offer for Publishers, DRM Vendors and Digital Distributors. Our Evaluation Reports, etc that’s currently published are “free demos” of what to expect. The reports also function as a free service for Consumers." They add that their plan was to offer their services to BioWare for free.

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37. Re: Dragon Age II SecuROM Follow-up Mar 21, 2011, 00:15 entr0py
 
Jerykk wrote on Mar 20, 2011, 20:22:
Secondly, judging by the controversy surrounding DA2's DRM, there are obviously people who don't like it and are less likely to pay full price (or anything at all) for games that use it. Finally, DA2 was cracked before it was even released so it didn't really stop any piracy to begin with.

1. The controversy is apparently all about the file names containing the word SecuROM. Pre-release it seemed no one was complaining about the announced Sony/EA release date check. Nor have I heard any reports that the process continues to run after the initial install. Yes it leaves behind useless registry keys and folders; so does virtually every other PC program.

2. There's every reason to think the online check did work in delaying piracy up until it officially unlocked/self-destructed. These release date checks are set to unlock at midnight LOCAL time; so it unlocks in New Zealand 24 hours before it unlocks in Hawaii. A crack was released about 12 hours after it unlocked in the first timezone. This was several days after DVD images were leaked by retailers. Once hacker groups had access to everything, they were then able to create a crack that bypassed the release-date check entirely. Kind of like how unlocking a door is generally easier to do from the inside.

If release date checks really were ineffective, I'd agree that they should be done away with. But it actually looks like they hold back piracy for a few days. And those pre-release days in particular are crucial in holding on to the swayable and impatient gamers who pirate occasionally but not always.
 
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