Friday, March 30, 2012

Sigh...

First, read the article:

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2012/03/op-ed-blocking-used-games-unlikely-to-kill-the-console-game-market.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss

I am really, really tired of stupid DRM. And very tired of hearing about video game DRM that forces people to have an active broadband connection to play a single player, standalone game. I suppose, nobody cares about the people who don't have good internet at home. Or about people who want to play these games on their high end laptop during a long-distance flight or on a long train journey (although in some countries wi-fi is available on trains, its inevitably a paid extra).

Which brings us, really, to the entire reason DRM is stupid. It makes the legally purchased version of something worth less than a pirated copy. It IS possible to compete with free...but not if the paid version is distinctly inferior.