It seems anymore of you talk about video games with someone over the age 25 the issue of DRM will come up in some part of the conversation. Where its in the form of something like a Steam DRM wrapped game, server log-in system or a good old CD-Key the issue is one that has grown and change for better and worse.
I personally feel if done in the right manor DRM is not the death of video games and many people will preach. I know lots of people hate Steam and being locked into once they buy a game its is there’s and they can not sell, trade or borrow, but I feel there price points for sales of games coupled with the fact that they are not dropping games from there distribution and support system is a DRM system moving and growing in the right direction for a sustainable system. If Steam starts to remove older games from there distribution system then I will no longer behind them at all.
A DRM system that kills games and is bad for the industry are ones such as EA and a couple others have done with log-in systems that they drop support for a year or two after the game is released thus leaving you with one of two options, either never play the game again or go the illegal route and pirate a copy so you can play again. New Sim City in a year?
So what about services that do not DRM there games? I am behind them just as much as my Steam account. My GOG and Humble bundle grow every month as games come on the service and sales happen that put games I want at a point I can justify. I feel DRM free systems are a good idea but with the history of piracy with PC gaming there is going to be some sort of DRM system needed in some manor to try and curb the issue. The piracy issue will never really die on the PC that I am sure of, I also feel that you will get some people to move from pirating games to buy if you offer an easy simple system for buying games at good prices, such as Steam.
As for DRMing console games such as the Xbox One “was” going to do I feel WILL kill the console that does it. The pricing for console games is much higher then its PC counterpart as well as being generation locked for the most part, unlike most PC games. The fact I just bought Borderlands 2 and the season pass for 20$ on PC where the console versions are still about 50$ to get the same is a perfect example of the pricing gap that exists. I said was at the start of this because I feel Microsoft will in waves re-implement the restrictions for used games and DRM’s as the console sales numbers hit certain goals, what these might be I have no idea but I would have to guess 5 to 10 mil console to reimplemented the minor and 20 mil for the more restrictive ones, This is all my own theory but we shall see if it Microsoft is smart in dropping them or not.
Anyway enough of ranting about DRM. Back to the Steam summer sale to spend the rest of my money that was going to go to moving!