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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lucas_maximus
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2009-08-18

The first are [mostly] children and teenagers who don't have £50 a time for games and would never have bought the game to begin with.


A lot of modern PC games need pretty decent hardware to run. If you can afford to get a laptop to run the game you or their parents can probably afford the game.

When I was a kid, if I couldn't afford something ... I went without.

The second are people who have already bought the game, but dislike the DRM, so they've torrented a cracked version.


That is bullshit and you know it.

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sparkyERTW Member since:
2010-06-09

"The first are [mostly] children and teenagers who don't have £50 a time for games and would never have bought the game to begin with.


A lot of modern PC games need pretty decent hardware to run. If you can afford to get a laptop to run the game you or their parents can probably afford the game.

When I was a kid, if I couldn't afford something ... I went without.
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Well said. Half the reason I got back into console gaming (yes, I realize the irony there, and I am already regretting that decision) was the need to spend ~$300-400 a year on upgrades to play the latest and greatest. And yes, if you can't afford the chocolate bar at the corner store, that doesn't excuse you for swiping it.

"The second are people who have already bought the game, but dislike the DRM, so they've torrented a cracked version.


That is bullshit and you know it.
"

Well, I'm not sure it's entirely bullshit... but it should be. I've known a couple people who have mentioned doing this, but to me their response should have been either a) don't buy it because you object to the DRM, or b) if it was bought not knowing about the DRM issues, return and demand - strongly and loudly - your money back for what is a defective product (yes, I realize most companies have a no-return policy on computer games, but that's a whole other problem that needs to be addressed right there).

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

was the need to spend ~$300-400 a year on upgrades to play the latest and greatest.


Every once in a while someone pops up with the claim that you need to constantly keep upgrading a PC. But well, why? There is no real reason to constantly upgrade a PC unless you believe that you must be able to play games at max details at max resolution at all times.

How about this: set games to similar detail settings as used on the PS3 or Xbox360 and keep the resolution to 720p and grab a PC from 5 years ago -- games will run just fine. The point is, people who buy PCs tend to push everything to max and then use that as a justification for complaining about needing to upgrade all the time, and that's just silly. It's like stabbing yourself and then complaining that you're hurting.

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ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

Well, I'm not sure it's entirely bullshit... but it should be.


It is entirely bullshit because DRM-free games get pirated just as heavily
http://www.ign.com/articles/2011/11/30/the-witcher-2-was-pirated-ov...

(yes, I realize most companies have a no-return policy on computer games, but that's a whole other problem that needs to be addressed right there).


That exists because so many people would take home a pc game, clone it and then return it. PC gamers have made their bed and now they have to sleep in it. That's just the harsh reality.

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