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Good Old Games: DRM’s effectiveness “close-to-none,” often causes piracy

Wednesday, 13th April 2011 08:59 GMT By Nathan Grayson

Ever grapple with some particularly heinous DRM and think to yourself “I’m one dropped connection away from pirating a crack of this dumb thing”? Well, according to Good Old Games’ PR and marketing manager Lukasz Kukawski, you’re definitely not alone.

“What I will say isn’t popular in the gaming industry, but in my opinion DRM drives people to pirate games rather than prevent them from doing that,” Kukawski told Bit Tech. “Would you rather spend $50 on a game that requires installing malware on your system, or to stay online all the time and crashes every time the connection goes down, or would you rather download a cracked version without all that hassle?”

“I know people that buy an original copy of the game just so they don’t feel guilty, and then they will play a pirated version which is stripped of all DRM. That’s not how it should be. Let’s treat legitimate customers with respect and they will give that back,” he added.

Not content to end on that note, however, he then questioned the flimsy pretext that’s still propping up DRM at all in this day and age. It’s an issue that many developers are almost frighteningly willing to sweep under the rug, but Kukawski tackled it head on, saying:

“If you see the news on gaming portals that a highly anticipated title has leaked before the release date, and you can download it from torrents without any copy protection because it has been already cracked, how can you possibly believe that DRM works in any way to reduce piracy?”

Well, entire gaming industry? We believe the man just asked you a question.

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7 Comments

  1. Christopher Jack

    I don’t mind DRM, just make it discreet so it can’t effect legit consumers like myself.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Ge0force

    That dude is right, I refuse to buy games with DRM that bothers the gamer.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Vistrix

    DRM is never 100% discreet. There will always be technical problems people will come across. Its absolutely infuriating when you do.

    DRM free games is the way to go. I don’t think the industry sees this yet.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Maximum Payne

    Well Oblivion and Fallout 3 came with DRM free right ?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Freek

    It’s a pretty absurd situation when the illegal copy of a product is of higher quality then the legitimate version.
    Sort yourself out publishers and stop your war on legitimate customers.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Elly

    No, Oblivion and Fallout 3 came with digital rights management software.
    They even resorted to forcing you to have the DVD in the drive to play.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. DSB

    Freek said it.

    GOG are stating the obvious here. I wonder how long it will be until the big publishers catch up to reality.

    #7 3 years ago

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