Valve DRM Q&A

Kotaku's Doug Lombardi Q&A discusses DRM with the Valve spokesperson in light of the controversy about this aspect of Spore. They discuss the growing pains with DRM Valve experienced when they launched Steam, the fact that DRM for downloadable games is probably here to stay, and as a point of reference they contrast how DRM is handled in Spore compared with Valve's DRM for The Orange Box.
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Sep 19, 2008, 10:30
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Sep 19, 2008, 10:30
 
Beaver, the Orange Box DRM is just the usual Steam app crap. Nothing spectacular, if you have Steam you already have it installed. Its not intrusive and its not broken (like EA's) in fact like Jerkk already mentioned it even has certain advantages.

However it has one big glaring problem. Security. There are a lot of trojans and viruses out there specifically designed to hack into and hijack users Steam accounts. It happened to me, and it sucks....

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Sep 19, 2008, 10:23
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Well you actually can't play your game anywhere on steam, as it is region locked if so desired by the publisher. ie you bought it in russia when you were jetsetting about and suddenly aren't allowed to touch it when you get home, or you are price fixed into being gouged by being Australian (nothing new there).

Still... not exactly the best drm around.

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Sep 19, 2008, 09:31
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Sep 19, 2008, 09:31
 
No. I actually don't mind this for online games, but even the single player portions of Orange Box, even if bought at retail separately, still require online activation over Steam.

I might end up caving in eventually anyway - for the most part, Steam's DRM is unobtrusive and doesn't install weird stuff in your system.

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Sep 19, 2008, 06:59
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Sep 19, 2008, 06:59
 
Wait, the Orange Box has a DRM?
Good to know, I was about to buy it once my PC was upgraded. Now I wont.
Is Steam at least offering a version without DRM?
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Sep 19, 2008, 05:52
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The difference between Steam and Securom is that Steam actually has some benefits for the customer. You can download your games to any system and play them anywhere, any time.

That is a benefit of the distribution plattform Steam. NOT of the DRM Steam uses. Please, do not confuse the DRM in Steam with Steams other fesatures.

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Sep 19, 2008, 00:33
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The difference between Steam and Securom is that Steam actually has some benefits for the customer. You can download your games to any system and play them anywhere, any time. Securom has no benefits. And no, the lack of a CD-check is not a benefit when cracks have provided that for over a decade.

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Sep 19, 2008, 00:06
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of any form is wrong, period. Please don't sugarcoat it Doug.

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