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On Take On Helicopters DRM; Demo Plans

A post on the Bohemia Interactive Forums asks for help with a problem causing a watery image degradation in Take On Helicopters, Bohemia's new flight simulator. As it turns out this can be the result of using a pirated edition of the game, as Bohemia explains this comes from their "unique anti-piracy countermeasures," also noting a demo for the game is in the works. Here's word:

Bohemia Interactive deploys various antipiracy countermeasures in its titles and Take On Helicopters is no exception, some users have reported morphed/watery image degradation (see http://forums.bistudio.com/showthread.php?t=126991 ). The original version of Take On Helicopters does not suffer from this degradation of visual quality. Piracy is a big problem for Bohemia Interactive, as an independent PC developer, and we're trying to focus our support as much as possible towards users of legitimate copies. Counterfeit copies of our games may degrade and, moral aspects aside, we certainly recommend only playing the original version. We have a free public demo version of Take On Helicopters in the development pipeline for those that prefer to test it before buying.

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35. Re: On Take On Helicopters DRM; Demo Plans Nov 9, 2011, 17:55 Spaced
 
Majority of DRM solutions on the market today are not done by game developers, but by 3rd parties

Exactly, and I addressed 3rd party systems in my earlier posts. The system in this game though is a built-in solution requiring none of the expense or user hassles of the systems you describe and cite.

and I've seen smaller companies that become known for buggy software when the bugs are intentional in the pirate versions.

Like? Probably only a few and smaller developers. But this is an area that hasn't really been developed much, it needs some fine tuning and tweaking just like any other software advancement does. And so far, the implementation in this game is proving to be very effective without impacting legal users at all.

An arms war with pirates would probably result in something like starforce... The end result of an arms war would be terrible for legit consumers, and cost companies significant money that they probably can't afford.

Well, my suggestion didn't involve any 3rd party DRM option at all, only the kind of approach this game is taking which is entirely built-in and very cost/time effective. Then as needed the next step could be developers pooling resources to prosecute piracy and jail some in an effort to stop the problem at the source.

With as easy as it is to implement this kind of protection, a developer could add 365 different side effects (or any random trigger), one for each day of the year and none of which could be removed without breaking the game entirely (all inter-dependent code). So whatever worked one day would fail the next and every day after it. No need for intrusive and restrictive DRM and no impact for the legal user. Again, the legal user would never know the difference because their legally purchased version just works like it's supposed to. Only the illegal users would run into problems. It's an excellent approach and a step in the -right- direction as opposed to some recent DRM approaches.
 
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