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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Nov 29, 2008, 04:12
 
I'm going to post another response, as DRM saddens me enough to do so. This is to Rockstar's marketing division, they can build a profile with it.

I'm 30+, earn £25K, have a kid, a house. I don't need to pirate games, I have money enough spare to fritter on things like: GTA IV, Bioshock, or other PC games, if I'm interested in them. I'm not an obsessive gamer, but I do buy occasionally. I'm basically a variant on what was once called, "the 40 quid man."

If I learn of DRM shenanigans, I get put off enough that I will not buy said game. I don't *need* to play the game, so I don't run off to Piratebay or wherever, however I would probably have bought it if it wasn't for the anti-DRM talk surrounding your release.

I'm not completely sold on options like Steam et al...yet, however the same anti-DRM sentiment applies there also. For the moment, I'd rather I had a DVD, packed full of value, that I can install *whenever* and *however* I like.

I consider myself a mature gamer (as in old), but would still buy PC games if the terms were OK. I also consider myself fairly techy/geeky, which is where my anti-DRM stance comes in. I repeat, I don't have a problem paying for this stuff, I just object to being treated like a criminal for the pleasure of buying your project.

If Rockstar's marketing division still think I'm a profile not worth catering for, that's fine, I won't be buying the game. More time to spend hacking in Rails.
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