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The anti-DRM thread

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It's true, Steam is just as bad as the rest of them. But unfortunately it's a necessary evil as even with GOG's recent AAA uptick, you still lose access to a vast number of games. It's simply not feasible to abandon Steam with today's reality. OTOH I've banned all other store fronts, except GOG of course.


"Trivial", until your data gets leaked, your account gets disabled, or the multi-DRM fails in some way (e.g. server outage).

It's utter lunacy to even try to compare it to GOG's standalone offline installer option, which is the true gold standard of ownership.
yeah this is an Interesting thought.
I was all set to pick up Star Wars Squadrons from humble, then I noticed it is an epic version. I have no hate vs epic but it wasn’t worth the discount to have it on epic and hope cross platform play remains.
 

CP5670

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One bad trend I've noticed lately is old games that have been removed from GOG and/or Steam. They still work on those platforms if you already bought them, but you can no longer buy them now. Some examples are Cryostasis (fight with publisher), the first GRID (expired licenses with the car makers) and the original Planescape Torment (replaced by a remake version that costs more for no new features and is incompatible with existing mods).

Does anyone know of cases where a de-listed game (apart from live service/MMO) can no longer be played at all? I could see that happening maybe not with GOG but for Steam/Origin/etc.
 

BFG10K

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Another excellent video from the DRM guys:

They make a couple of interesting points:
  1. The anti-tamper in single player games serves to protect microtransaction revenue. After all, people using trainers, helpers and mods in single player games are just "dirty cheaters", right?
  2. Why is there a "buy" button on all of these platforms when said platforms repeatedly tell us you don't own anything? It should say "license this software until we decide otherwise", or similar.
Also interesting to see the exorbitant fees Denuvo charged Crytek: https://www.techpowerup.com/275158/denuvo-drm-pricing-structure-specific-to-crysis-remastered-leaked-over-usd-100k-for-a-year

Perhaps if Crytek didn't bleed so much cash to Denuvo, they might've released a remaster that didn't suck donkey balls.
 

DrMrLordX

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Perhaps if Crytek didn't bleed so much cash to Denuvo, they might've released a remaster that didn't suck donkey balls.
It's their choice to pay for Denuvo. They could release their game DRM-free and wing it. They chose not to.
 

pmv

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Epic Games keeps giving me games for free - that's the only reason I have their thing installed! But I don't have enough disk space left to install all the freebies they've given me. I also have games with both Ubisoft and, er, another distribution platform that isn't Steam (but I can't remember what it is). Both of which came free with some hardware purchase or other and which I've never got round to installing, yet alone playing. I already have a vast Steam backlog. I still haven't played Alien isolation I bought on Steam in a past sale and Epic just gave me it again as a freebie, dammit!

I now have more games not only than I can play, but that I can install on my available hard drive space, and I now have literally more digital distribution platforms/DRM installed than I can keep track of (what _is_ that other one? Was it Battlefield something or other? Origin? Is that the one?)
 

BFG10K

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Just in case PS5 users felt left out, Denuvo is now on that platform. "Anti-cheat" is just a cute euphemism for "protecting single player microtranctions". After all, nobody likes "dirty cheaters" who use mods/trainers for single player. You're not a dirty cheater, are you?

A cutting machine requires owners to have an online subscription if they exceed their design limit. Clearly DRM has entered the lunatic fringe and isn't just confined to software anymore.
 
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