Alone in the Dark Ships in EU; DRM Info

Infogrames announces Alone in the Dark is shipping to European stores for PC, Xbox 360, Wii, and PlayStation2 (thanks Gamer's Hell). On a related note, TVG reports the game includes the reviled SecuROM DRM, which will require an internet connection to activate the game, though it does not seem that their implementation includes the phone home features or limited number of activations that were so controversial in Mass Effect and BioShock. Finally, Kotaku reports that some sites have been getting legal threats from Atari for early reviews of the game, saying that these must be from pirated copies, prompting speculation that this would not be such an issue if these reviews were more positive. Next Generation contacted Atari for comment on this, and received none.
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Re: Ugh...
Jun 21, 2008, 18:12
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Re: Ugh... Jun 21, 2008, 18:12
Jun 21, 2008, 18:12
 
To my knowledge no other websites have received this accusation from Atari, so maybe some of you should sit back and look at the big picture instead of accusing Atari without fully thinking the situation through.

According to a poster over on Shacknews, Atari did this to multiple sites but only those with poor reviews.

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Re: Ugh...
Jun 21, 2008, 14:01
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Re: Ugh... Jun 21, 2008, 14:01
Jun 21, 2008, 14:01
 
I'd say it's POSSIBLE. I wouldn't go so far as to say it's plausible.

http://www.game-over.net was founded by pirates, and pirated game reviews. I'm pretty sure they were forced to change their ways, and I haven't read the site for years so I don't know what they do these days.

I don't know what the sites in question (4players, GameReactor) normal practices are. But if Atari didn't send them a copy for review (you'd think they'd know who they did and did not give it to) it's certainly plausible that they are using a pirated copy.

To my knowledge no other websites have received this accusation from Atari, so maybe some of you should sit back and look at the big picture instead of accusing Atari without fully thinking the situation through.

Most reviews aren't "that" bad. Seems to be an average game, which biggest flaw is the poor control setup as has been stated in the reviews.

Regardless, who would actually take any reviews seriously when they have had less than 24 hours to play the game, write and publish the review? Press copies were sent out on the 17th...Pirated 360 version was available on the same day...First half assed reviews were published the same day or the day after...hmm I wonder if there is a connection there...

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Re: Ugh...
Jun 21, 2008, 13:29
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Re: Ugh... Jun 21, 2008, 13:29
Jun 21, 2008, 13:29
 
The copies that pirates obtain aren't always legit. Sometimes they get copies from connections in manufacturing plants, retail stores and the press.

While this is true, 0-day releases have become very rare in the past few years. Also with the increased time it takes to break DRM the pirate release date slips past the actual release date, making it not even worth the trouble to go through the leak route. I would expect that most cracked copies today are made from actual retail products, unless of course that leak happens months in advance.

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Re: Ugh...
Jun 21, 2008, 03:31
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Jun 21, 2008, 03:31
 
The pirates themselves have to get a copy from somewhere too, before they can crack it, so a legit copy is out there at some point, somewhere, before any of the pirate shenanigans can happen.

The copies that pirates obtain aren't always legit. Sometimes they get copies from connections in manufacturing plants, retail stores and the press.

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Re: Ugh...
Jun 20, 2008, 23:52
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Re: Ugh... Jun 20, 2008, 23:52
Jun 20, 2008, 23:52
 PHJF
 
somebody at guru3d works for ebgames or something and he has the game as of a few days ago.

he's been posting screenshots and giving early impressions x_x
Steam + PSN: PHJF
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Re: Ugh...
Jun 20, 2008, 20:28
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Re: Ugh... Jun 20, 2008, 20:28
Jun 20, 2008, 20:28
 
As usual, the consoles versions were pirated a while ago so it is plausible that early reviews were based on pirated copies.

I'd say it's POSSIBLE. I wouldn't go so far as to say it's plausible. The pirates themselves have to get a copy from somewhere too, before they can crack it, so a legit copy is out there at some point, somewhere, before any of the pirate shenanigans can happen.

It wouldn't surprise me if a guy running a game review website simply has a family member at, say, the warehouse for EB or something, and a copy of a game found itself "Fallen Off The Truck And Nobody Picked It Up."

So for Atari to whine about pirated copies being to blame for their shitty review score, I mean, for fuck sake. Please publishers, take all your goddamn bullshit to the consoles, and leave us the fuck alone. Maybe then we'll be spared this level of fucking insanity.

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Atari simply
Jun 20, 2008, 20:23
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Atari simply Jun 20, 2008, 20:23
Jun 20, 2008, 20:23
 
only sends copies of the game to places they've spent a lot of money on advertising, and have been assured by the marketing department they will get a favorable review (think Gamespot)

Now that other places, that Atari deliberately did NOT send a copy to, are saying the game is a piece of shit, Atari has got its panties in a bunch.

My response : HAAHAHAHAHAHAHA; Atari fucking sucks anyways.

Creston


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Re: No subject
Jun 20, 2008, 17:44
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Jun 20, 2008, 17:44
 
Back away from the bong, space cadet.

of course YOU dont get it - i wouldnt expect you to
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Re: Ugh...
Jun 20, 2008, 17:38
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Re: Ugh... Jun 20, 2008, 17:38
Jun 20, 2008, 17:38
 
" I will wait for the crackers to nip this activation bullshit drm like they did for bioshock, mass effect, and soon alone in the dark.

"The few reviews that are out are not as positive as I had thought. Look here for the reviews for the 360: http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/xbox360/aloneinthedark?q=alone in the dark

Seems to me Atari wants review ignorance on the part of potential buyers to generate more impulsive and ignorant buys. "


ha ha i'm gald this game sucks donkey ball because you deserve it.

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Jun 20, 2008, 16:28
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Jun 20, 2008, 16:28
 
Im getting really sick with all this piracy blaming.
Why dont they just fuck off, build a dildo out of their POS "copy protections", shove it in their ass and only do console games? Seriously Im so fucking sick of it...
Having to put the CD/DVD in the drive everytime you want to play a different game is bad enough (WTF, I feel like in Amiga times, playing Indy4)...

This reminds me of witch hunts. "OMG! He didnt buy our game because he thinks it sucks! WITCH WITCH WITCH! BURN HER!"
"OMG! Someone tested our game before official release! Must be a... WITCH!!!! BURN HER!!!"


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I have given up on waiting for BIS to come back to their senses and do a real ArmA 2 successor.
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Jun 20, 2008, 16:26
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Jun 20, 2008, 16:26
 
if they survive long enough, humans will eventually learn that the creation of conflict is the creation of nemesis... every measure leads to countermeasure - the division of means within society.. the distant yet imminently oppressive echo of dichotomy that lurks within the mind, the fundamental error of seperatism

Back away from the bong, space cadet.

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Re: Ugh...
Jun 20, 2008, 15:48
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Re: Ugh... Jun 20, 2008, 15:48
Jun 20, 2008, 15:48
 Kxmode
 
OMG talk about blame the pirates for everything!

"Our game sucks" - Blame the pirates
"Our game flopped" - Blame the pirates
"My life didn't turn out the way they wanted it too" - Blame the pirates

At least this game wasn't ripped off by Majestic Studios

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Alone in the Dark
Jun 20, 2008, 15:45
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 Kxmode
 
Pretty much sums where this game is going to exist now that SecuROM DRM has come out of the dark.

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Jun 20, 2008, 14:55
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Jun 20, 2008, 14:55
 
As a kid I would nearly shit my pants every time that werewolf busted through the attic window.

Even when I knew it was coming.

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Jun 20, 2008, 13:41
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Jun 20, 2008, 13:41
 
yeh - it was one of the only games that has given me goosebumps from the technology on display.. at the time i was like "holy shit! it has real time 3D!!" ... blew my mind

actually MGS4 did it too.. the graphics caused me to have a genuine jaw-drop .. but thats another story because the game itself is almost a chore
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Jun 20, 2008, 13:31
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Jun 20, 2008, 13:31
 
uhhh - no shit.. its over 15 years old - most games from that era wouldnt hack it today
Fuck, no way. I remember playing it when it first came out - so atmospheric and graphics were amazing for the time. Now I feel really old.

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Jun 20, 2008, 13:23
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Jun 20, 2008, 13:23
 
Frankly, the gameplay in the first one, no matter how much you dolled it up with fancy technology, just wouldn't hack it today.

uhhh - no shit.. its over 15 years old - most games from that era wouldnt hack it today

however it was one of the first non-sim games to really exploit 3D.. gotta give em props for that

i remember playing this and Castle Wolfenstein and Mechwarrior on my buddy's screaming fast (at the time) upgraded IBM PS/2 ... (yeh the ports were actually named after a type of computer).. at least, it was screaming fast compared to my IBM PC/AT ... (also which had ports named after it)
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Jun 20, 2008, 13:22
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Jun 20, 2008, 13:22
 
Game.co.uk shipped the game on the 19th, so it would come in time for UK's retail date of the 20th. Has atari stooped so low that they forget they released the game on the 20th?

At least atari was smart enough to keep their mouths shut about DRM in their game until it gets released, before they have another mass effect/bioshock fiasco on their hands...

As bad as ea is, at least they don't run around calling game reviewers pirates when they give bad ratings...


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Re: Easy decision
Jun 20, 2008, 13:16
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Jun 20, 2008, 13:16
 
that's the 360 that lets Microsoft remotely disable your lvie account if you so much as open the box of the console right?
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Jun 20, 2008, 13:01
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Jun 20, 2008, 13:01
 
It's a shame, I really wanted this to be a good one.

I think they had the right idea with the episodic presentation, but they should have actually made it an episodic game.

I have an overly romantic view of the first Alone in the Dark, and to a lesser degree the sequels, which is probably why there isn't much they could do to impress me. Frankly, the gameplay in the first one, no matter how much you dolled it up with fancy technology, just wouldn't hack it today. Story was good though.

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