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Duke Nukem Forever requires Steam log-in for PC play

Wednesday, 16 February 2011 02:03 GMT By Brenna Hillier

If you want to play Duke Nukem Forever on the platform it calls ancestral home, you’ll need to swallow your anti-DRM bile, as every single PC version will require a linked Steam account.

A post on the Gearbox forums confirmed the decision to utilise Valve’s Steamworks DRM system.

A Gearbox community manager pointed out the advantages of the DRM system by commenting “You’ll always be able to install a copy of the game even if you lose your disc.”

In a later post, the representative re-confirmed that no other DRM system will be used, regardless of where and how the player purchases the game.

Duke Nukem Forever explodes onto PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on May 3 in the US and May 6 everywhere else.

Thanks, Shack.

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22 Comments

  1. DSB

    As someone who’s filled to the brim with anti-DRM bile, I don’t really see that as a DRM issue.

    Steam have shown beyond a reasonable standard that you can satisfy paranoid publishers while offering a good service with good support, which is the polar opposite of what most other DRM solutions are able to offer. They tend to be poorly coded programs that serve no purpose but to look over your shoulder, while giving pirates a renewed sense of purpose.

    I’d say this is more of a free enterprise problem. If PC manufacturers (accoding to the EU) aren’t allowed to slap Windows onto their products because it inhibits peoples right to choose their own third party software, then why would publishers be allowed to include Steam in their games using (or I guess violating) the same principle?

    I don’t mind personally, I treasure my Steam, but I can understand why people might be offended by having to make an account with a third party that they might not want.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. ultramega

    @1
    Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Robo_1

    I know very little about the Steam DRM, but most PC users seem content when publishers announce that they’re going the Steam route. If some kind soul could just summarise for me why Steam DRM has been given the nod from so many gamers and publishers over so many other DRM systems, I’d be keen to hear your thoughts.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. wiking

    It doesn’t matter, the people this is targeting, that is pirates, will still find a way to crack it. I’ve seen numerous games with Steam based DRM being played with no net connection.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Grimrita

    @1 great post!
    My gaming hard drive(I have a stand alone one for Windows) fried recently and thanks to Steam, I was able to download again all those games that I purchased. Love it!

    The DRM arguement has become stale and what amazes me is that its always the small minority who shout the loudest. Steam is the future of gaming…

    #5 4 years ago
  6. back_up

    fact = PC gamers are pirates and three shitty has 50% RROD

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Gurdil

    DRM is not only a problem for pirates. Remember what happened with Assassin’s Creed 2? Pirates actually could play the game while those who paid for it couldn’t for 2 weeks or so because of server problems. That being said, this shouldn’t happen with Steam so that seems like a good solution regarding DRM.
    I still detect a problem. Correct me if I’m wrong but DRM means you can’t play offline, right? So it basically means that you won’t be able to play DNF on the go, on your beloved laptop while on the train for example.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. jacobvandy

    Jesus, VG247… all this nonsense about trying to be a professional news source, yet you add your own vitriolic spin to an announcement that most PC gamers are very happy to hear. Not only is Steamworks one of the least intrusive DRM solutions out there, it brings with it a more robust platform of features than XBL and PSN combined, for FREE. I expect to see those kind of comments coming from a console fanboy, not an organization that fancies themselves “journalists.”

    #8 4 years ago
  9. jacobvandy

    @7
    You will need to be online when you activate your game key and download/install the game (obviously), but Steam does have an offline mode.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Kalain

    Why is this even news and why have to tagged it as so sensationaist? If this is so bad for DNF, then why don’t you do the same things about DOWII:R which requires a steam account?

    As others have said, steam is one of the less obtrusive forms of DRM, but its all packaged withing their own UI and store. We PC gamers like Steam/Steamworks because it works and doesn’t stifle your ability to play games unlike other forms of DRM *cough*UBISOFT*cough*.

    Can we get rid of non-news like this please, or at least do some research on the subject?

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Gurdil

    @9 Oh I didn’t know that (I’m more of a console gamer). Thanks for the info. Well I guess there’s not much to complain about then :-)

    #11 4 years ago
  12. ududy

    It is bad, because with Steamworks in, the game will only sell on Steam and Direct2Drive, which is bad for competition.

    What’s strange about it is that only last year Randy Pitchford, Gearbox CEO and DNF Messiah, complained that the steam almost-monopoly on the digital market is bad for gaming. Now he’s cooperating with it? Values, what fleeting things.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. jacobvandy

    @12
    That’s not true, games with Steamworks can be and usually are also sold in retail stores, including Valve’s own games. Aliens vs. Predator, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Fallout: New Vegas, Unreal Tournament 3, and the aforementioned Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War II all used Steamworks and all of them were sold in retail stores as well as online through Steam, D2D, and elsewhere.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. bpcgos

    Brenna, please correct the news, people who read it will certainly thought that steam needs you to online all the time like ubisoft DRM did! Not all DRM bad, they’re being acceptable or not acceptable by pc gamer community depends on how its treats us!!

    #14 4 years ago
  15. ududy

    @13 – But, understandably, they’re usually not sold on other digital stores, such as Impulse, GamersGate, GamesPlanet, GetGames etc.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Erthazus

    I’m glad it’s STEAM and thats it.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Nissanthen

    The headline makes it sound like bad news.

    @16 Agreed!

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Sorvin

    Agree with 16 and 17… Steam’s DRM is not felt at all and I prefer having all my titles on Steam so for me this is a great thing!

    #18 4 years ago
  19. NeoSquall

    Don’t tell me I’m the only one noticing the irony of this announcement?

    An ex-vaporware game will use tools called Steamworks.
    I honestly laughed while reading it tonight.

    Ok, now you can continue whining about DRMs and other shit.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Jan

    The problem with Steam is it so dominated on PC, when the shops is starting to talk about stop selling PC games which could lead to “total” digital distribution via Steam, if that happen you have to buy most of your games there, and its not Steam controlling those prices, its the big publisher, think about it, its even worse then iTunes then.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Jan

    Gaikai, called Steam the iTunes of the game industry, warning that, like Apple’s digital music service, Steam could become a monopoly

    http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2011/0228/technology-gabe-newell-videogames-valve-online-mayhem_2.html

    #21 4 years ago
  22. TheWulf

    Any system that allows me to remain in offline mode for three weeks and still keeps my games fully available to me doesn’t register entirely as a DRM system to my mind. And if it is, it’s an incredibly benevolent one.

    So… no issues here, either. None. If all DRM was as benign as this, I would be a very happy person.

    #22 4 years ago

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  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

    Overview videos for Mario Party 10 and the amiibo which work with the title have been released by Nintendo Japan. Obviously each one is in Japanese, but you get the gist all the same. Mario Party 10 releases on Wii U March 20 in North America and Europe. Thanks, AGB.

  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]

  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

    Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription will be able to play 10 hours worth of Battlefield Hardline starting March 12. EA Access members will are being granted access to the game five days before the street date, with full multiplayer and all saves transferring over into the main game. It was announced yesterday […]

  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

    With Destiny patch 1.1.1 now available, here’s a video summary of what to expect. In the video above, Arekkz Gaming gives you a rundown of the important bits in the update. Subscribe to Arekkz Gaming for more Destiny tips and trick through the link.

  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

    Destiny’s 1.1.1 patch arrives today, so if you have been kicked from activities, it means you will need to download the patch now that it’s live. We will be pushing the 1.1.1 patch for Destiny shortly. Players will be kicked from activities and required to download the patch. — Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) February 25, 2015 […]

  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

    Starbreeze has announced another collaboration with Dennaton Games which will see masks based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number appear in Payday 2. The collaboration consists of two free updates when you acquire Hotline Miami 2 or its deluxe version on Steam from February 25. The two updates, called Hotline Miami Mask Pack and Jacket […]

  • Velocity 2X making its way onto Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One

    Velocity 2X will be released on Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One Futurlab has announced. The developer is in charge of the port, which will be published by Sierra. According to Futurlab, the deal with Sierra came about when self-publishing proved to be difficult due to spending “more time doing PR and marketing on Velocity […]

  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number finally has a release date

    A release date for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been announced, finally. The game will arrive on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita March 10. It is now available for pre-order on GOG, Humble and Steam for 10% off for $13.49/£10.99. There’s also a Digital Special Edition available which includes tracks from […]

  • Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena is a twin stick shooter MOBA for PC

    Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena has been announced as a twin stick shooter MOBA blend from Whitebox Interactive. Set for a 2016 release on PC, the game’s beta will be on show at PAX East next month. An Early Access release is slated for Q2 2015 and you can already purchase early access for a […]

  • More information, videos for cancelled Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun surface

    A trailer for the cancelled Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun title from Climax which was reportedly set for an E3 2012 reveal, has surfaced. Along with the above video is another which is described as a pre-boss battle cutscene. It’s below. According to a source of NeoGAF’s Mama Robotnik, the game was being developed under […]

  • Three additional games added to Square Enix Humble Bundle

    Kane & Lynch Collection, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Startopia have been added to the Square Enix Humble Bundle. All three are made available when paying the average price of $7.69. Those who have already purchased the bundle will automatically be granted the titles. All three are available for PC only. The […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 gets Fast & Furious with standalone expansion

    A Fast & Furious tie-in and standalone expansion to Forza Horizon 2 will arrive for Xbox consoles next month. Titled Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, the downloadable title does not require the base game to play. “We’ve been talking with the folks at Turn 10 for a number of years and have always […]

  • The Evil Within: The Assignment has a release date, new trailer

    The Evil Within: The Assignment will be released on March 10 in North America and March 11 in Europe, it was announced today. Along with an exact release date was a trailer detailing more information about the first set of DLC. The Assignment is the first of two DLCs centering on Detective Castellanos’ mysterious partner, […]

  • Steam and GOG cross-platform multiplayer added to AvP Classic 2000

    Steam and GOG have announced Aliens vs Predator Classic 2000 owners will be able play multiplayer with each other across both platforms. With the recent online multiplayer update for for AVP Classic 2000, Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley has made good on his promise from June to offer cross-platform play between the Steam and GOG platforms. […]

  • OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood arrives on PS4, Vita next week

    Roll7 has announced it will release OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood next week. The developer announced the dates on Twitter this morning alongside the launch trailer. You will be able to download the game for PlayStation 4 and Vita March 3 in North America and March 4 in Europe.

  • Week 7: Play GTA Online with VG247 tonight at 8pm UK time!

    Heists got a date! Come play GTA Online with us to celebrate. We’re playing GTA Online on PS4 tonight with whoever else fancies it. That means you. This week’s playlist is Happy for Heists, because we kind of are. The six jobs involved will last about 45 minutes. Anyone can turn up. Here’s how. We’ll […]