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  • Blog Post: Abandoned Video Games Get New Life Thanks To DRM Circumvention

    The Library of Congress has issued exemptions to Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Consequently, it will be slightly easier to legally circumvent aspects of DRM for lawful fair use such as the preservation of old video games. The exemption lets players remove server authentication... More
  • Blog Post: Report: The Sims 4 Has A Hilarious Anti-Piracy Measure

    Those unscrupulous souls who are playing pirated copies of The Sims 4 may find it difficult to get very far into the experience…or at least appreciate their surroundings. PC Gamer reports that what began as a supposed bug is actually a form of copy protection. Playing an illegitimate version of... More
  • Blog Post: GOG Does Away With Regional Price Plan, Apologizes

    GOG.com has gotten rid of its regional price plan, the controversial plan that set a fixed worldwide price to every game. The website issued a statement of apology from its bosses Marcin Iwinski and Guillaume Rambourg. In the statement, they expressed a mea culpa, saying “We thought DRM-Free was... More
  • Blog Post: The Witcher 3 Developer Promises No DRM In Open Letter

    In an open letter to fans on CD Projekt RED's official website addressed, the developer promised that The Witcher 3 will be DRM-free. You can head here to read the whole letter , but here's the most important bit: I’d like to say it loud and clear: The PC version of The Witcher 3 will have... More
  • Blog Post: Xbox One Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten Discusses Microsoft's Reversal

    Following today's big announcement that Microsoft has changed its mind on used game restrictions and online check-ins to refresh licenses, we spoke with Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten. We discussed pricing, changes to digital titles, and how Microsoft is positioned following E3 last week... More
  • Blog Post: Sony Commented On DRM And Connection Requirements At The PlayStation 4 Reveal

    It's a week and a half before E3 and things are heating up in the battle for the living room. After Microsoft stumbled through its post-reveal interviews, Sony is positioned well headed into E3 in a week and a half. Sony has answered the question of DRM and online checks, and the response should... More
  • Blog Post: Fans Tell Sony To Stay Away From DRM

    In response to speculation that Sony may have similar plans to those that Microsoft had (and then retracted ), a campaign began on NeoGAF to reach out to key Sony staffers. The goal is to ensure Sony knows gamers' opinions on DRM and used game restrictions on their consoles, hopefully steering the... More
  • Blog Post: EA Exec: SimCity Always-Online Came From Maxis

    EA Labels president Frank Gibeau told GamesIndustry International that SimCity’s online requirement was born out of the creative vision of Maxis’ development team, not the “evil suits at EA.” Gibeau likens SimCity to an MMO, and has harsh words for DRM controls. “DRM is... More
  • Blog Post: Rumor: Next Xbox Will Require That Games Be Installed On Hard Drive

    According to a report based on leaked Xbox development documents published at the website The Verge, users will be required to install disc-based games on the next Xbox's hard drive. The Verge report is based on leaked documents that were published on VGLeaks.com. In the documentation sent out to... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: Some Thoughts on SimCity

    Disclaimer: This is an opinion piece by Minnnesota Viking punter Chris Kluwe, a.k.a. Chris Warcraft, and does not reflect the opinions of Game Informer magazine. Our review of SimCity will be coming in the following days. Hi. I'm Chris. I've been playing SimCity ever since the Super Nintendo... More
  • Blog Post: Ubisoft Works To Repair Damaged Reputation With PC Gamers

    With a history of over-aggressive anti-piracy measures and dangerous security holes in its services, Ubisoft isn't held in the highest esteem among a healthy portion of PC gamers. Now that the company is trying convince consumers to use its Uplay digital storefront instead of EA or Steam, however... More
  • Blog Post: Capcom Rethinks SSF IV: Arcade Edition DRM

    When Capcom announced the tweaks for the PC version of Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, the company thought players would be overjoyed. Instead, they focused on one glaring problem: a DRM scheme that would cripple offline play. Capcom has heard the complaints, and is changing the game to appease... More
  • Blog Post: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Gets PC Release Date, Less DRM

    Gamers without a console will soon be able to join in on Ezio's latest adventure, and this time they won't have to deal with such restrictive digital rights management. Joystiq spoke with Ubisoft today and confirmed that Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood will hit PC on March 22. The game will... More
  • Blog Post: Sony To Go Back To Serial Codes For PS3 Games?

    A rumor has popped up saying that Sony is scared enough of a recent PS3 security leak that it is planning to require serial code inputs for all future PS3 titles. Apparently it's 1991 again. The hack in question is the recent publishing of the PS3's root keys, which can be used to get access... More
  • Blog Post: Ubisoft Scales Back Always-On DRM

    Ubisoft is pretty well known for its fight against piracy with controversial measures such as requiring players with PC titles to maintain an "always on" internet connection in order for games to play (even in single-player). If connection was lost during gameplay, the gameplay was interrupted... More
  • Blog Post: Ubisoft DRM Hacked

    Apparently Ubisoft’s olive branch of free games to players burned by their DRM wasn’t enough. The company’s Online Services Network (read: DRM), has been hacked by rebellious users. Ubisoft’s DRM requires players to constantly be online in order to play not only their online games... More
  • Blog Post: The DRM Saga Continues: Ubi Offers Free Stuff To Locked-out Players

    After a server problem on Ubisoft's end locked legitimate customers out of Assassin's Creed 2 due to the company's controversial DRM scheme , the company is offering complimentary games and/or DLC to affected players. Kotaku is reporting that owners of Assassin's Creed 2 have been receiving... More
  • Blog Post: C&C4: Constant Internet Connectivity Required

    If you’re still recovering from the Ubisoft DRM mess , you might want to pass on this news story. IEA requires Command & Conquer 4 players to be constantly online, as with some Ubisoft games. However, they're not calling it DRM.. As reported in issue #203 of Game Informer, in order to play... More
  • Blog Post: Ubisoft DRM Locks Paying Customers Out Of Game

    The ridiculous DRM solution for Assassin's Creed 2 and Silent Hunter 5 on PC prevented gamers with legit copies of the games from playing this weekend, according to reports from the company's own forums. A representative from the publisher confirmed these reports, saying, "Due to exceptional... More
  • Blog Post: Ubisoft Unconvincingly Responds To DRM Fears

    In a response to website Ars Technica , a Ubisoft spokesperson clarified the situation with the company's upcoming anti-piracy measures . While games protected by Ubi's new digital rights management software will not boot you out at the first stutter as feared, they will pause as they try to... More
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