Posts Tagged ‘drm’
  • DRM Needs to die: EA has it’s own taste of server crashiness…
    by Mike
    Posted March 9th, 2010 at 1:25 pm
    Simply put: DRM sucks. It's bad for consumers and it's bad for CS at the companies that decide to use it. The only people who are harmed are the very people the companies claim to protect. This time, it wasn't another Ubisoft snafu (they had their stint over the weekend). Instead, just as Ubisoft begins to rub the weekend hangover junk out of their eyes, EA figures it's time to have a miniature catastrophe of their own. Yes, EA's DRM servers crashed too... One of the more popular and new...
  • RIAA/labels wanted iTunes LP’s, not Apple.
    by Mike
    Posted March 9th, 2010 at 10:37 am
    Last year when Apple was all jubilant about iTunes LP's, a lot of tech people were left scratching their heads wondering wtf was going on. Over the last few years, Apple has been promoting, marketing, and pushing an entire generation towards all you can eat, cheap music via a-la-carte methods. Albums and "special edition" LP's are a complete 180 from their general philosophy. That confusion was for good reason though. New information via GigaOhm (link currently down) has several industry...
  • Ubisoft definitely on illegal narcotics: Our DRM servers failed because everyone loves them so much…
    by Mike
    Posted March 8th, 2010 at 10:56 am
    That old saying "what kool aid are you drinking" couldn't be any more perfect in the situation involving Ubisoft and their new "always on" DRM. We've already ranted about it several times before for it's awful implementaion and methodology. Yesterday we found out just how much it sucks when a game that requires a live connection to a remote server has said server go down...for hours on end. Common sense would have the company admitting they screwed up and at the very least apologizing for sho...
  • When will they ever learn: Ubisoft “always on” DRM cracked less than 24 hours in the open…
    by Mike
    Posted March 5th, 2010 at 1:56 am
    You would think that after seeing the music industry fail time and time again, year after year, that video game companies would be a tad wiser than they currently are. Trying to "beat" pirates or prevent people from doing what they want with their property will only end in embarrassment and angry customers. Case in point: Ubisoft's awfully restrictive "always on" DRM that is featured in Assassins Creed II has been out in the open less than 24 hours and already it's fallen to the ever persisten...
  • Ubisoft’s new DRM: Bad for gamers, bad for soldiers, bad for America. Essentially, bad for the planet.
    by Mike
    Posted February 24th, 2010 at 4:20 am
    I've seen plenty of articles criticizing Ubisoft's latest DRM scheme. You know, the one requiring you have to have a constant internet connection where an interruption in your service, if even for a split second, will cancel your current game and fail to save any progress. Ya, it is an epic failure on paper and in practice. How anyone could think this is a good idea is f*cking stupid. Ubisoft has tried defending their position basically saying that from their viewpoint, they believe that the...
  • Ubisoft: “Our invasive DRM is made by PC guys, for PC guys because we love you”. *Rolls eyes*
    by Mike
    Posted February 21st, 2010 at 1:21 pm
    Remember that little article we highlighted a couple days back concerning Ubisoft and their new anti-consumer DRM? Well, what's a good debate without hearing both sides to the story. An Ubisoft spokesperson went on the record defending their DRM stating that it's for the betterment of us all. Right. Per Ubisoft Spokesperson by way of interview with PC Gamer: So what’s in it for gamers? Ubi say there are three advantages to their online services. The first: you don’t need a disc. The ...
  • Ubisoft fails to learn from peers’ failures, Settlers VII and Assassin’s Creed II require constant internet connection to even run.
    by Mike
    Posted February 17th, 2010 at 10:53 pm
    This whole massive fight against so called "piracy" that has been blamed for everything from the death of the music industry to the cause of world hunger is unfortunately, not going anywhere anytime soon. I can tell however, who will be going somewhere (as in out of business somewhere) very soon - Ubisoft. Let me clarify -- Ubisoft will go out of business if they continue to release games with DRM like that of the cancer that's found in recently released Settlers VII and Assassin's Creed II. ...
  • Nokia Comes With Music an epic fail
    by Mike
    Posted October 16th, 2009 at 8:38 am
    After Nokia's less than steller Q3 results, the last thing the company needs on their hands and blood filled record books is another failure in the wings. Because that is what their "Comes With Music" service is -- an epic failure. Don't just take my rantings for it. The numbers which were leaked to Music Ally show that as of July, they have a paltry 107,00 active Comes With Music users in 9 markets worldwide. If you're looking for some more "down to earth" analogy, 107,000 users is (provid...
  • Legalized Mob MPAA at it agian — Wants to ban certain TV shows from being Tivo’d
    by Mike
    Posted September 3rd, 2009 at 2:54 pm
    Theres nothing like a little anti-consumer, DRM loving propaganda to get you in the mood to slap a kitten and make new friends in the slammer. The latest bout of stupidity and utter ignorance comes to us from none other than the MPAA. For some time now they've been trying to break everyone's DVR so that we can't record what we watch. They claim such devices hurt sales, artists, and promote piracy -- all of which are baseless claims based on fear and the never ending sense of entitlement, tr...
  • Blu-ray managed copies an epic fail from the start - don’t waste your time
    by Mike
    Posted June 12th, 2009 at 1:00 pm
    At first glance, the Blu-ray managed copy procedure may seem like movie studies are finally wising up and giving consumers some more legal options as to how they can use products that they legally paid for. But, when actually digging down deeper into the fine print and attached strings one can realize how much of a sham and waste of time this is. In short, keep "illegally" legally copying your movies for personal use. Moving on. The first kick in the face compliments of Sony and Blu-ray co...
  • Sony Pictures CEO: “Nothing good has come from the internet”
    by Mike
    Posted May 19th, 2009 at 2:32 pm
    Sony along with countless other companies who haven't been doing so hot the last couple of years are looking everywhere they possibly can, desperately trying to find someone to point a finger at. Quite oftne you can look at a business or company that isn't doing so great and can see that they fail at embracing new technologies. When consumers of options and choices everyone benefits because we put more money into the market. When big businesses prosper and dominate, the consumer often gets ...
  • Oh the irony: EA (the lover of DRM) facing Sims 3 leaking like water in net.
    by Mike
    Posted May 18th, 2009 at 12:29 pm
    We all know EA is no stranger to DRM or piracy. They love DRM in fact. So much so they went out on a limb to alienate their users by implementing a very intrusive and controversial DRM control scheme on their blockbuster of '08, "Spore". Users who were unfortunate enough to have to deal with Spore and it's hidden poison quickly found out why DRM has no place in todays society. Thankfully EA realized their error and lightened the restrictions on the game. Fast forward to EA's latest Sim's ...
  • Apparently Atari doesn’t like making money - Brings “Spore DRM” to Atari products
    by Mike
    Posted April 9th, 2009 at 7:14 am
    All of the people who follow the gadget/gaming world know how much of a public backlash EA received after introducing a Spore, a game with months of hype leading up to release.  The only problem is they laced Spore with a new type of DRM that they were hoping to incorporate into all of their future products - and the public didn't take too kindly to that.  You see, Spore's DRM required online activation before it would work and only allowed 3 activations before you would have to physicall...
  • Lars Ulrich (Metallica) hates music piracy/file sharers….pirates his own CD’s
    by Mike
    Posted March 5th, 2009 at 1:10 pm
    If there was ever a time in life when you needed a good real example of double standards, look no further than Metallica.  Long time advocates of stricter DRM regulations, the destruction of all digital music sales, and other ridiculous proposals that have truly aged the band well beyond what they want to appear.  The double standard that I am talking about deals with an admission by Lars Ulrich, the drummer for Metallica, who claims to have pirated Metallica's album "Death Magnetic" las...
  • Windows 7 TELLS YOU how it’s going to go down
    by Mike
    Posted February 17th, 2009 at 8:35 am
    If you thought the war on DRM was coming to an end, you my friend would be dead wrong. In fact I would argue that the battle is going underground. The battle on the front lines may be waning, but under the cover of night war still wages on. Take for example the latest case of DRM restrictions coming to Windows 7. According to TechForensics by way of Slashdot, Windows 7 brings new DRM rules to the table. A few examples include modifying DLL files will cause programs drawing upon said DLL...
  • Microsofts brings back DRM for an encore
    by Mike
    Posted January 22nd, 2009 at 3:40 pm
    DRM...Dead...Psh.  Apparently Microsoft didn't get the memo that DRM is on the way out.  With companies such as Amazon and Apple's iTunes distancing themselves from DRM it seems odd for Microsoft to welcome it aboard their MSN Mobile Music service so non shalantly.  What are the restrictions you ask?  For starters, any and all music you download is shackled to the phoen it was downloaded on.  Get a new phone?  You're screwed.  Want to upload to your computer or burn a CD? Ditto.  I c...
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