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On GTA IV PC DRM

Rockstar Talks GTA IV PC DRM on IGN is a Q&A discussing how the upcoming Windows edition of Grand Theft Auto IV will handle copy protection. The game will include SecuROM copy protection, and will require one-time online authentication via the Internet and will also require the game disc in the drive to play. The game can be installed on an unconnected PC, but will still require online activation, even for PC's with no internet access, as it can be done on another internet-connected PC. The game carries a surprising long list of other prerequisites, as they say: "GTA IV PC also requires a number of software installations, including Games For Windows, Adobe Flash, Internet Explorer, SecuROM and our Rockstar Games Social Club application." The conversation elaborates on the whole activation deal: "GTA IV PC uses SecuROM for protecting our EXE until street date has passed, to ensure the retail disk is in the computer drive, and is used for Product Activation of the title. Product Activation is a one time only online authentication when installing the game. GTA IV has no install limits for the retail disc version of the game, and that version can be installed on an unlimited number of PCs by the retail disk owner." Digitally distributed editions of the game will still use SecuROM, though obviously will not require a non-existent disc in the drive.

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85. Re: On GTA IV PC DRM Nov 28, 2008, 22:52 Dots
 
It's very simple: Stopping zero day piracy isn't going to give you sales. Stopping piracy entirely will probably give you sales. Stopping zero day piracy alone? Not so much. It's certainly not worth hassling those people that actually do buy your games.
What hassling? Besides the CD-key check, a minor inconvenience that doesn't even affect all buyers of GTA4, why is there an 84 post thread discussing this protection scheme? Because people on these boards don't have Internet access?
75 to 90% of what? Actual sales? Potential sales? If almost everyone pirates, I don't see how the gaming industry survives. DRM obviously isn't stopping piracy if those figures are to be believed.
I'm talking about the PC gaming market. You've probably noticed like the sheer majority of developers talking about piracy in PC games, haven't you? But I assume it's of all copies, that is, the sales compose 25-10% of the total number people playing a given title.
Why would you buy a game at all if you know that it's going to be pirated on release day?
Either moral qualms-I'm just personally opposed to pirating because I feel an obligation to pay the companies for the entertainment they've provided me so they'd continue making more-or multiplayer, or technical ineptitude which isn't a reason in the PC gaming community.
But if I wanted to play it ASAP and I had no guarantees then yes, it's a potentiality. But the question is, would you not buy the game and play it earlier if you could? I would say that almost everyone would.
Why do you assume the factors don't stack? You can get more sales from releasing the PC version right next to the console one AND you can get more sales from including internet activation.
People who rage about all this, including me and you are the absolute minority. People shat all over Spore including on the Amazon ratings, and deservedly given its retarded application of DRM and what? It sold something like 2 million copies in two weeks.
Rockstar goes and makes an unobtrusive DRM system you might as well pretend it's not there, and what? You people rage the exact same amount. I'm mostly arguing this because of how stupid the whole situation is for no particular reason and it annoys me to no end given that most PC gaming boards around the web are, generally pretty smart.
 
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