Tag Archives: drm

Opinion: SimCity teething problems only help make EA better at online

Last weekend’s SimCity launch proved to be a trial by fire for EA – but I can only see this situation as one the publishing giant has won. To recap: EA struggled to maintain server connections for swathes of SimCity players logging for launch. The game requires an always-on web …

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What lesson has Maxis learnt from SimCity launch?

Some might expect the main lesson to be learnt from the launch of SimCity was the perils of including always-on DRM in your product. But that’s not the answer Maxis GM Lucy Bradshaw gave CVG when asked that very question. Never underestimate the power of your fans,” she replied. All …

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Reports contest Maxis’ claims that SimCity cannot work offline

Despite the fact that SimCity is now working, the online games community continues to target it. Accusations of all sorts are being flung online, ranging from broken AI pathfinding to critical services bugs, but perhaps the most significant is the claim that EA has lied about the game’s dependency on …

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EA "aggressively undergoing server maintenance" to fix SimCity woes

The clock is ticking ahead of the UK launch of SimCity at midnight. The game has endured a torrid start to life so far thanks to a combination of always-on internet DRM and Origin server woes. The result has been multiple reports of gamers being locked out of the single-player …

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Game Maker DRM goes haywire

An indie game making tool went haywire over the weekend after its anti-piracy DRM developed an unusual problem. Customers who had obtained Game Maker legally suddenly discovered that in-game resources such as sprites were overlaid with an image of skull and crossbones – a safeguard designed to kick in in …

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That time when cloud computing (and definitely not DRM) broke your mouse

We’re used to server troubles causing issues with games, but borking hardware is a new one. PCGamesN reports that owners of the $79.99 Razer Naga has fallen into exactly this trap. The high-end mouse uses Synapse software that requires an online activation before it is installed. And yes, Razer’s activation …

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New digital indie store lets buyers pay what they want

Following the success of the Humble Indie Bundle initiative, a new digital indie retail offer has launched online. IndieGameStand will offer a new game every four days, with the current title being SpaceChem. A portion of the proceeds will go to charity. All downloads are DRM free. Buyers are free …

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Ubisoft not bringing back always-online DRM for PC games

Ubisoft, which had ditched its notorious always-online DRM last year, has confirmed that it will not be going back to it. In an interview with PC gaming site Rock Paper Shotgun, Ubi’s worldwide director for online games Stephanie Perotti and corporate communications manager Michael Burk said that future Ubisoft PC …

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