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Dragon Age II SecuROM debate continues

Sunday, 20th March 2011 21:57 GMT By Brenna Hillier

BioWare and EA’s public relations nightmare continues, as vocal anti-DRM groups accuse the company of failing to declare Dragon Age II’s SecuROM-related Sony Release Control.

Embittered opponents of DRM have continued to raise the issue of Dragon Age II’s alleged use of SecuROM technology on the game’s forums, protesting that BioWare and EA failed to inform consumers of the presence of any rights management software present in Dragon Age II, and to debate the distinction between SecuROM and Sony Release Control.

Both BioWare and EA have reached out to anti-DRM consumer watchdog Reclaim Your Game in an effort to nip the crisis in the bud, but the organisation has declined to assist in calming the outrage in the face of what it considers dishonesty on both companies’ parts.

Reclaim Your Game kicked things off almost two weeks ago by spotting a number of suspicious files in Dragon Age II’s PC installation, which it linked with known SecuROM technology.

Prior to the game’s release, both BioWare and EA had been staunch in their insistence that Dragon Age II would not feature SecuROM digital rights management.

The news spread quickly to the BioWare forums, where vocal complaints and accusations brought a number of responses from BioWare staff. Derek French, Fernando Melo and Chris Priestly each argued that the files found related to an entirely separate product – Sony Release Control – which was developed by the SecuROM team but does not form part of the notoriously unpopular protection suite. French did confirm that the Release Control implementation within Dragon Age II is “sloppy”, and requires a fix in order to ensure it is deleted after initial use.

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  1. DSB

    Reclaim Your Game. Catchy name, and a worthy cause.

    I don’t get why publishers waste their time with token security like secuROM (or whatever newer iterations they may have licensed) that doesn’t even serve to slow down the pirates.

    Then again I don’t see why they waste their time with DRM that only serves to slow them down, all the same.

    The fact that the staunchest proponents of DRM have declared their efforts wasted and are now falling over eachother to backpeddle into lesser and lesser extents of consumer policing serves as its own conclusion.

    I think it’s high time to stop waging war on the paying customer, and make an honest effort to target pirates instead.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. The_Red

    Without such stupid SecuROM and SecuROM-like programs, everyone could benefit because:

    A. A lot of PC gamers just pirate games to show their hatred towards such systems. Just look at Spore become the most pirated game 2008 after use of such SecuROM method by EA.

    B. Games will be pirated anyway but at least this way real, legit customers can enjoy their games without any annoyances. Right now only pirates enjoy such comfort.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    @2

    I can play Dragon Age 2 online or offline there is no spyware or punishment for buying the game. Bioware has gone through this, many times but people see “SecuRom”, which is a DRm development company of Sony, who developed the Release Control on recent PC games and they just start throwing the torches and the pitch forks up especially with sites like Reclaim your game who are trying their damnedest to prove their point so they seem to be “right”.

    Whether its Steam or this type of third party DRM there will always be a way to fight piracy that is until publishers and developers start going to cloud which will happen eventually, its the only way to end piracy. I am not against DRM as long as it doesn’t effect the consumer which EA’s doesn’t you active the game online once and thats it, you can install as many times as you like and play it offline or online without any problems.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. psybass

    what is SecuROM? ><

    #4 3 years ago
  5. blackdreamhunk

    I am glade I did not get the game.

    #5 3 years ago