Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Mar 2013 14:46 UTC
Games "To see anyone defending EA and Maxis for the state of SimCity, even were it in perfect working order on launch, depresses me to my core. This self-flagellation-as-skincare notion, where gamers loudly and proudly defend the destruction of their own rights as consumers, is an Orwellian perversity. That it might be considered in any way controversial to call them out on their crap, to point out that no, always-on DRM is not an advantage to anyone, is bewildering. It's a sign of just how far the gaming world has fallen into the rabbit hole of the publisher's burrowing." As usual, RPS hits the nail on the head so hard it shoots through the board.
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Sing of the Times
by sparkyERTW on Mon 11th Mar 2013 15:18 UTC
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This and things like this are the sad trend we're seeing in the marketplace. You see big companies like Sony, EA, Microsoft, etc. take actions against their customers and half the time the customers shrug or even applaud them for it.

Sony removes Other OS support, backwards compatibility, etc.: "Oh well, I never used it anyway". Not the f**king point. They took something away from you AFTER you purchased it. How is that not viewed as wrong? If a Frigidaire rep breaks into my house and removes the ice dispenser on my fridge that I never use, is it excusable?

EA breaks games with DRM, removes features til it's working again: "Oh well, they're just trying to keep people from stealing their stuff". That's their f**king problem, not yours; you as a loyal paying customer shouldn't be suffering for it. If someone elbows me in the face while trying to throw a hay-maker at a guy next to me, I'm still justified to be pissed as hell. And if they then turn around and say, "I appear to have broken your nose... here, have this fake nose to wear over it so you look normal again", I should not accept that as adequate.

Amazon DRM-ing public works, the walled gardens of the smartphone market - now creeping into the PC market, long-term service contracts that are entirely one-sided, etc. How long will it be before Toyota says, "if you take your car anywhere but the dealership for regular maintenance - which is mandatory - your car will lock up and you can't drive it anymore"... and we shrug our shoulders?

Edited 2013-03-11 15:22 UTC

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