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Game of Thrones: Most Pirated Show of 2012

Game of Thrones: Most Pirated Show of 2012

According to Forbes, HBO's fantasy epic Game of Thrones is on track to become the most pirated TV show of 2012.

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Kingdoms of Amalur – Online Pass Nonsense

Kingdoms of Amalur – Online Pass Nonsense

Online passes are a terrible idea.  By forcing the paid-for product to be a worse investment than the pirated copy game publishers are pushing more customers to forgo paying to jump through multiple hoops to play their games and just download it.  By trying to make some money off the used game market the publishers are coming across as greedy and archaic. EA seems to be leading the pack with it’s ‘Online Pass’...

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DRM – Once Bitten, Twice Shy

DRM – Once Bitten, Twice Shy

What purpose does DRM solve when things like this happen to ordinary people who are just trying to watch a movie? (source = reddit): Seriously.  What the hell?  I can read this message and kind of figure out what the problem might be and where to go to fix it but most users can’t.  A legitimate consumer who has paid for this content cannot use it because of some crap DRM that the publisher has put on it.  The...

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DRM a ‘Waste of Money’ – Paradox CEO

DRM a ‘Waste of Money’ – Paradox CEO

I have discussed at length the facts surrounding DRM – It offers nothing to gamers and only hurts the legitimate consumers being the biggest.  Lately Gabe Newell from Valve has stated that ‘Piracy is a service problem’ and now Fred Wester, CEO of Paradox (the people that brought you Magicka!) has reiterated these thoughts and has gone so far as to call DRM a ‘waste of money’. “I’m surprised that...

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Ubisoft is using hardware-based DRM

Ubisoft is using hardware-based DRM

Remember back in the day when windows would detect hardware changes and assume that you were a dirty pirate and then use up one of you installations of XP?  Somebody at Ubisoft obviously didn’t learn any lessons watching this happen to Microsoft and the publisher is now doing the same with with games. This didn’t work for XP for several reasons, the biggest of which that bothered me was that due to Vista taking an absurdly...

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