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Tag: DRM

DRM or Else!

This has actually been big enough news that the big dogs like CNN have picked it up, but both Ubisoft and EA have implemented a DRM scheme now that requires you to have a constant online connection while playing a single-player game. This is true for Assassin’s Creed 2 and Silent Hunter 5 from Ubisoft, […]

Ars Technica and Steam

This article about sums up the problems with Steam as I described earlier. I really think the reselling thing could work. If you could set your own price and the publisher/Steam/developer got a certain percentage cut. It could even be timed to be allowed to happen after three months after release or something. The portion […]

Steam Cleaned-Out

Steam has grown on me over the recent months. That sort of scares me. Steam is a content delivery system created by Valve, the guys who brought the Half-Life universe into being. Basically, it’s an online store to buy video games. It originally was released with Half-Life 2 on the PC – it installed with […]

Ding-dong, the witch is dead

Apple has announced it is going DRM free (at least for a large percentage of its collection). In exchange they’re allowing the music companies to set prices for singles at either $0.69, the normal $0.99, or an increased $1.29 (the price being a long sticking point between Jobs and the Big 3). Oh, for a […]

DRM and You

This was kicking around a while ago, but I think it’s relevant – especially for family members who don’t understand or care to understand about how DRM could affect their lives. I think particularly important is the last point – you want to move that DVD you bought to your iPod? Nope, can’t do it. […]

DRM – for the loss, once again…

Boing-boing has this article about how Walmart is shutting down its DRM server. Basically, for a long time people could buy music but it was protected by a layer of security that prevented you from willy-nilly giving the files to other people. For instance, you could only have 5 computers EVER use it, not transfer […]

Spored!

The game Spore has recently come out. For those not in the know, this is the game by Will Wright of Maxis fame (SimCity, the Sims, etc.). The game has been much-hyped in the media so the expectations are high. The issue at hand is that Spore uses DRM – Digital Rights Management. Basically, software […]