I Can't Play My Video Game, Nor Can I Return It (Updated)

I Can't Play My Video Game, Nor Can I Return It (Updated)

Stephen has a word of warning for Mac users who want to use their machines to play PC games: Don’t buy games unless you’re sure they’ll work on your machine. He runs Windows 7 on his Macbook Pro, but can’t get Fallout 3, which he purchased through online distributor Steam, to play properly. He asked the publisher’s customer support service for help, but was turned away at first. [More]

PC Game Downloads Leave Physical Sales In Digital Dust

PC Game Downloads Leave Physical Sales In Digital Dust

Thanks to rampant piracy, it was probably several years ago that computer gamers started downloading more of their games than they bought on disc, but now even honest gamers are following suit. For the first time in the PC game market, the number of digital sales surpassed those of disc-based games. [More]

Insane PC Game DRM Drove Me To Piracy

Insane PC Game DRM Drove Me To Piracy

An anonymous gamer wrote in to tell us why he felt justified to illegally download a copy of Red Faction: Guerilla: He bought it on one computer but found the DRM locked him out of re-activating the game on his new computer. When customer service couldn’t help him, he went rogue. [More]

Backlash: Anti-DRM Protesters Trash Spore's Amazon Rating

Backlash: Anti-DRM Protesters Trash Spore's Amazon Rating

Spore, the long awaited new game from SimCity creator Will Wright, has been critically well-received, so what’s up with its Amazon.com score? As of this posting, the game, despite being #1 on Amazon, has 1,494 one star ratings from gamers who are upset about the game’s DRM. Here are some excerpts from the angry reviews:

EA Allows 3 "Activations" Of Mass Effect And That's It? Period?

EA Allows 3 "Activations" Of Mass Effect And That's It? Period?

Reader jk writes in to let us know that EA’s sci-fi epic Mass Effect is still having DRM issues on the PC platform. This time, instead of requiring gamers to maintain an internet connection and activate their game every few weeks, paying customers (allegedly) get three “activations” of the game and that’s it. Uninstalling the game doesn’t “give back” an activation.

Mass Effect DRM Causing Backlash Among PC Gamers

Mass Effect DRM Causing Backlash Among PC Gamers

If you’d like to play the PC version of Bioware/EA’s hit XBOX 360 title “Mass Effect,” you’d better have an internet connection. Why? Because in order to remain “activated” the game will need to reauthorize itself via the internet every 10 days. Go 11 days without checking in and your game won’t work until you do. Some gamers are saying that this requirement makes them feel like criminals, and doesn’t make a lot of sense for a game that otherwise doesn’t require an internet connection.