Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Aug 2012 22:53 UTC
Games Interesting. The Verge summarises the loads of news and rumours coming out of OnLive today - much of the staff seems to have been laid off, and an acquisition could be imminent. Who will it be? Apple? Google? Microsoft? EA? Valve? CommodoreUSA?
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RE[4]: A lesson to be learned
by Alfman on Sun 19th Aug 2012 05:04 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: A lesson to be learned"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

bassbeast,

"Does it matter? The cracks are already out there just like with the retail games"

I know where you're coming from, I've shamelessly resorted to cracking legal copies of software for myself and others when the DRM was unsuitable. Never the less the idealist in me says that we shouldn't have to rely on the existence of warez to mentally justify the shortcomings of DRM.

"...why should I care about the DRM?"

Well, for one, it's wasted engineering that implicitly only hurts the innocent user. As you noted it doesn't stop unauthorised distribution. Engineers know this, but most CEOs have yet to learn it.

Also, I find the notion of having DRM linked into all our critical software, operating systems, etc to be very troubling...it opens up potential for new exploits and abuse....not to point a finger at steam in particular (sony deserves a mention though).

In the future when the works finally enter public domain, many will be DRM ridden and unusable under future emulation.

Edited 2012-08-19 05:07 UTC

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