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 Dec 04, 2008 - 07:48 AM - by Michael
* Valve and DRM

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Valve's trying to defend their DRM by attacking others, missing out that all DRM is bad:

Newell doesn't have kind words for the use of digital rights managements. "As far as DRM goes, most DRM strategies are just dumb. The goal should be to create greater value for customers through service value (make it easy for me to play my games whenever and wherever I want to), not by decreasing the value of a product (maybe I'll be able to play my game and maybe I won't)," he wrote. "We really really discourage other developers and publishers from using the broken DRM offerings, and in general there is a groundswell to abandon those approaches."

It's easy for him to say; Steam is its own form of DRM, one that makes programs like SecuROM redundant.


Emphasis added - and it really hits the point of why I don't use Steam, despite all that Valve's been trying to push and push and push to get people like me onto their system. They should never have the right to kill-switch a single-player game that I've purchased.

Read the full article, seriously. Game company executives should be tied down, their eyelids forced open, and MADE to read it over and over again until they finally understand why DRM is bad.
 

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