99.8% of You Don't Care About DRM, Just Ask Electronic Arts

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mysterymantis

You know, it seems to me that much of what has been said about DRM and piracy and it's affect on the business side of things is lopsided. So much of it doesn't match up. Some day, someone a whole lot smarter than I am, with a lot more time, and a bug up his/her arse, is going to do all the math, put the numbers side by side, and say...

"Which of you are ready to say you're full of Sh!1!"

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HeartBurnKid

Just goes to show: if you buy the DRM-infested games, you are part of the problem.  The publishers will assume that they can get away with it -- and they can; they have your money.

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Hutif

I find it amusing how hard they try when it consistantly results in annoying people.  I pretty much just use steam, so I don't have to worry about DRM stopping me from installing on mulitple machines.  I still remember Battle for Middle Earth II's copyright system.  If you installed it on two machines, it would close the game after 2 minutes.  I didn't realize this at first when I installed it on my desktop and my laptop and thought it was a glitch.  I still am enraged that they would intentionally design this feature to annoy me for trying to use it between two of MY OWN COMPUTERS.

 This is a side rant:

EA is what's wrong with games these days.  They overhype a game to convince as many people as they can to preorder it.  Then they rush the game as quickly as possible to make their profit without caring about wheather it's full of glitchesor not.  Three quick examples:Damnation, Fallout 3, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.

Feel free to debate me on any of these points.

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sdcat

There's one thing I don't get it. That is, if DRM was cracked the first day the game came out, to me it sounded like the thing didn't really do much of its job at all! What's worse was it had been years since DRM became available, and still got disarmed the first day. I didn't want to use the word "useless" but certainly didn't look promising that's for sure.

Why not remove DRM and simply lower the price instead? Easy solution.
Do a test market on a possible upcoming popular game.

Most importantly the negative impact of DRM now that most people know, is currently killing EA's image.

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Sonickid101

I was just wondering how much a better place the world would be if EA got off thier Piracy witch hunt which isn't successful so far and decided to drink the Stardock & Ironclad games punch. and adopt the gamers bill of rights mostly the part about not treating customers like potention criminals as well as the other following parts.

The Gamer’s Bill of Rights

1) Gamers shall have the right to return games that don’t work with their computers for a full refund.
2) Gamers shall have the right to demand that games be released in a finished state.
3) Gamers shall have the right to expect meaningful updates after a game’s release.
4) Gamers shall have the right to demand that download managers and
updaters not force themselves to run or be forced to load in order to
play a game.
5) Gamers shall have the right to expect that the minimum requirements
for a game will mean that the game will play adequately on that
computer.
6) Gamers shall have the right to expect that games won’t install
hidden drivers or other potentially harmful software without their
consent.
7) Gamers shall have the right to re-download the latest versions of the games they own at any time.
8) Gamers shall have the right to not be treated as potential criminals by developers or publishers.
9) Gamers shall have the right to demand that a single-player game not
force them to be connected to the Internet every time they wish to play.
10) Gamers shall have the right that games which are installed to the
hard drive shall not require a CD/DVD to remain in the drive to play.

 Although i would add to that that all games should have free online multiplayer capability and if cross platform have free online interaction across all platforms so PC gamers could woop, X-box360, PS3 and wii owners in cross platform versions of games. 

 But if that ever picked up steam i might die of shock but the way games publishers are i can see they're going the way of the RIAA and as a result i see the PC game market dwindeling as a result. leaving just Valve, Blizzard battle.net,and MMO's, and maybe stardock left. and shadows of brick and mortar sales of PC games from what they used to be.

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Rltyg

You really cant believe what a major publisher such as EA has to say.  I truly believe the gaming industry is about to hit a brick wall as far as sales go.  If a publisher doesn't have a few hit games up and coming, there in for some hard times.  If in fact this is true, they will say anything to get their games to sell.

 I refuse to do business with this company again.  In my opinion, they have killed every franchise that they have put their grubby little cock beaters on.

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hirstenator

Riccitiello is totally full of it.  He is doing his best to downplay but it still stinks.  Gamers are people who toy with, upgrade and sometime break their OS on a regular basis resulting in re-imports.  I went through my 3 installs for Mass Effect in a month due to a move and a motherboard upgrade.  It would be a brick now were it not for EA's easy 800 number which is just a "painless", hardy har har, way to increase your licenses.  Personally, I will not stoop to piracy, my plan, though I am not really intersted in Spore either way, is to buy Red Alert 3, get the hack to bypass the activation, register the game with EA with my CD-Key in the notes, see if that ever gets activated EA!!!  Course I will not be able to play online, but I have always played C&C on LAN and rarely online so no real loss there.  Bottom line DRM stinks, there has got to be a better way!!!

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Muerte

I'm sure if he is counting console games he may be close to being right.  Consoles are a form of DRM by nature, whether people think of them that way or not. 

Sounds like he ought to run for office, he's about as full of shit as the rest of them.

 

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Velcrow

He's probably just quoting the number of people that call in to request additional licenses. Which, as a user previously pointed out, isn't even the point. Besides which, this number wouldn't accurately represent the gaming community as a whole, since a large number of people avoided the game entirely, and many more just pirated it. So the actual number of 'potential' users affected by the DRM is much higher.

So, in short, 0.2 percent of users call in? I can believe that. Only 0.2 percent of users notice the DRM? LOL... Good times...

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digital demon

I know he's being facetious, but if Spore sold 1 million copies, 0.2% would be 2000. Considering there are 2632 and counting 1 star reviews on Amazon alone, I'm willing to guess the amount of people that thought Spore's DRM was complete and utter bullshit is just a tad more than that.

Way to try and downplay the pounding your company took for its absurd renting scheme.

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anonuser

While he may be right to say that most users wouldn't be immediately affected by the included DRM, eventually many would.  I, a typical power user, have a desktop and a laptop at home and upgrade pc's often.  With three licenses, I would run out the first time I upgraded pc's.  That is insufficient, but ultimately not the issue here.

 

The crux of the matter is this: Nobody likes being told what they can or can't do.  DRM tells people what they can and can't do.  Nobody likes DRM.  Simple.  A=B, B=C, A=C.

 

If I didn't mind being told how far I could drive my own car, then maybe I would lease.  Forget that the lease gives me 12,000 miles a year and I only drive 10,000.  The point is - Don't tell me how far I can drive.

 

John Riccitiello is just as out of touch with his customers as is all of the RIAA and MPAA.

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Sever

Riccitiello is an tard, becuse of him and his DRM im going to pirate all my EA games just to spite them!

 

P.S. If only 0.2% notest then why is it all over the web?

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cap737

I can't agree with Riccitiello on that one. I'm sure everyone noticed the DRM scheme and was kinda upset that they can only activate it on three machines but the majority just go with it and hope they don't have to reinstall. The minority did do the right thing and voiced their opinions about the issue by providing ratings on a well respected web retail store. Maybe if they stopped implimenting DRM in their games the priceses wouldn't be so high, but I doubt that.

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