drm and pc gaming
history tends to repeat itself. having seen the effects of some of the worst forms of drm via ubisoft/uplay (requiring you to always be online to even play single player games), i saw the massive turd that is diablo 3 from a mile away. d3 was a decent action rpg, but it definitely does not live up to the diablo name and it has burned a good chunk of the faithful blizzard player base.
lo and behold, ea goes ahead and publishes simcity with an always-online drm. the franchise has long been known for its single player experience. wanting to hold the reins over their published game, ea forces its users to connect to their authentication servers in order to play by themselves.
and as expected, shit hits the fan and you get a sea of angry customers.
many see drm as a solution to piracy, but I feel it serves another purpose as well - it gives ownership of the games to the publishers rather than the customers. the customers are at the mercy of the publishers since publishers can simply pull the plug at a whim and you, the customer, will not be able to play the games you bought anymore.
I get that times are changing, but guys… if you’re going to claim ownership of the games you sell (or more accurately, rent/lease), at least treat your customers like human beings. valve’s steam service, although a drm platform itself, at least makes it as easy and painless as possible for users to get what they want. you can play your games offline and the frequent sales makes the platform quite attractive.
so please, if you’re gonna take away ownership rights, at least make it worthwhile without pissing on your customers. that is all.
p.s. go drm-free whenever possible! gog, humble bundles, desura and other online shops do offer drm-free games. (: