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Op Ed

GOG.com’s Trevor Longino - Diablo III style DRM could make us ‘lose a chunk of gaming history.”
Games like Diablo III with bespoke constantly online DRM could be lost to gaming culture at large if for any reason the games publisher or developer stops supporting that infrastructure. So when you lose that online connection, you lose a chunk of gaming history.

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28. Re: Op Ed May 28, 2012, 22:07 Jerykk
 
Prez wrote on May 28, 2012, 21:53:
Arguments about when it may happen notwithstanding, Trevor Longino is absolutely right.

It boils down to the difference between a hobbyist and an enthusiast. Someone who games as a hobby is glad they can play Diablo 3 now (assuming the servers are up, but I digress...), and once they are done, they're done. But gaming enthusiasts worry about things hobbyists never give a second thought, like a day will eventually come when a game like Diablo 3 is completely lost to everyone.

When you go to a museum, do you look at hieroglyphics and ancient art for their aesthetic value? Maybe a few people do, but it's not why I go - seeing things like that first-hand gives those of us with a fascination for history a clear picture of what came before; it gives you insight into the very culture of the time. It ceases to be a singular simplistic drawing or sculpture and becomes part of what teaches us history. Together with other cultural artifacts one can draw a near-complete picture of that era from what individually amount to very little. A gaming enthusiast views old interactive entertainment in much the same way, and the idea of a landmark game one day being lost to the ages is a sad thought. This is a part of our history and our culture after all.

While I agree with your sentiment, I don't think it's all that relevant to Diablo 3. Diablo 3 isn't a pioneer in anything. It's the third in a series of polished, if unremarkable, hack 'n slash action RPGs. One could argue that Diablo 1 was historically significant but Diablo 3? I guess people could argue that Diablo 3 marks the first proof that customers are willing to overlook any kind of DRM as long as the game is part of the right brand.
 
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  1. May 28, 12:57 Re: Op Ed ASeven
  2. May 28, 13:25  Re: Op Ed Slashman
  16. May 28, 17:24  Re: Op Ed Lord Tea
  17. May 28, 17:31   Re: Op Ed Beelzebud
  18. May 28, 17:38    Re: Op Ed Slashman
  19. May 28, 19:14     Re: Op Ed Herzog
  20. May 28, 19:37     Re: Op Ed eunichron
  24. May 28, 21:45      Re: Op Ed MattyC
  26. May 28, 21:53       Re: Op Ed Cutter
  27. May 28, 22:02        Re: Op Ed MattyC
  29. May 28, 22:11    Re: Op Ed Lord Tea
  3. May 28, 14:04 Re: Op Ed Acleacius
  4. May 28, 14:14 Re: Op Ed jdreyer
  7. May 28, 14:45  Re: Op Ed Bhruic
  21. May 28, 19:38   Re: Op Ed deqer
  5. May 28, 14:15 Re: Op Ed Alamar
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  9. May 28, 15:22  Re: Op Ed jdreyer
  22. May 28, 20:24  Re: Op Ed briktal
  23. May 28, 21:21   Re: Op Ed Kosumo
  25. May 28, 21:53    Re: Op Ed Prez
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  30. May 28, 22:27      Re: Op Ed Prez
  31. May 28, 22:33       Re: Op Ed Jerykk
  32. May 28, 22:41        Re: Op Ed killer_roach
  33. May 28, 22:45         Re: Op Ed Jerykk
  34. May 28, 23:05        Re: Op Ed Kitkoan
  35. May 29, 00:07         Re: Op Ed Prez
  36. May 29, 00:33          Re: Op Ed Slashman
  38. May 29, 00:47         Re: Op Ed Jerykk
  39. May 29, 01:11          Re: Op Ed Prez
  40. May 29, 01:23           Re: Op Ed Slashman
  41. May 29, 01:54            Re: Op Ed Kosumo
  43. May 29, 02:28             Re: Op Ed Smellfinger
  44. May 29, 03:16              Re: Op Ed Lord Tea
  47. May 29, 07:22               Re: Op Ed Kajetan
  42. May 29, 01:56          Re: Op Ed killer_roach
  8. May 28, 15:09 Re: Op Ed Cutter
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  11. May 28, 15:35   Re: Op Ed Dev
  12. May 28, 15:40    Re: Op Ed Alamar
  13. May 28, 16:05     Re: Op Ed killer_roach
  14. May 28, 16:09      Re: Op Ed Beelzebud
  15. May 28, 16:14      Re: Op Ed Smellfinger
  37. May 29, 00:42 Re: Op Ed TheEmissary
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  46. May 29, 06:31 Re: Op Ed StingingVelvet
  48. May 29, 09:05 Re: Op Ed Ant
  49. May 29, 09:30  Re: Op Ed Slashman
  50. May 29, 09:40   Re: Op Ed Ant
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  51. May 29, 10:17   Re: Op Ed Echo Red Park
  52. May 29, 10:27   Re: Op Ed Bhruic
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