Friday, January 30, 2009

DRM in Gears of War for PC makes the game unplayable

[caption id="attachment_1235" align="alignright" width="303" caption="A digital certificate for Gears of War expired January 28th 2009."]A digital certificate for Gears of War expired January 28th 2009.[/caption]

Here's yet another sad (and stupid) story of the inconvenience and bullshit that is DRM.

The DRM that comes with Gears of War for the PC had a digital certificate that would only validate the game until January 28, 2009.  I can't help but laugh at this because the game just came out November 6th of 2008; and now 84 days later, the game is unplayable.

Gamers whom tried to access the PC game Thursday night were greeted with an error message stating "You cannot run the game with modified executable code.  Please reinstall the game."  Reinstalling the game wouldn't make any difference because the DRM associated with the game looks at your system's clock to compare the digital certificate that allows access to the game.

Let me give you a piece of advice:

If you are one of those people that buys your games legitimately, STOP.

[caption id="attachment_1237" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="DRM speaks for itself"]DRM speaks for itself[/caption]

These companies that choose to plague their games with DRM will not learn from their mistakes until YOU legitimate buyers make a big enough fuss and stop buying their crap.  If anything, all it does is drive more people to go the route of pirating games so they don't have to deal with that shit anymore.

Until these companies finally get the picture and start selling their games without DRM, boycott them.