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EA Staffer Not Liking EA's New Restrictive DRM

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DRM is holding back the legit gamer. That's not supposed to happen.

Current editor-in-chief of EA.com Jeff Green, who has a long history with the Ziff-Davis publishing company, is making it public that he's not a fan of the new DRM scheme that EA has chosen to protect Command & Conquer 4.

Earlier in the month, we reported that EA was opting to use the same sort of DRM method that Ubisoft is with its constantly-required internet connection, even in single player mode.

Green, an employee of Electronic Arts, made it known through is Twitter stream that he's experiencing a problem with playing through C&C4 not because of a problem with the master server (as is the case with Ubisoft's customer woes) but because of a less-than-reliable DSL connection at home.

"Booted twice--and progress lost--on my single-player C&C4 game because my DSL connection blinked," Green updated last weekend. "DRM fail. We need new solutions."

That update was followed shortly with, "Welp. I've tried to be open-minded. But my 'net connection is finicky--and the constant disruption of my C&C4 SP game makes this unplayable."

Those of you who have been playing Command & Conquer 4, have you had sort of problems?

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    weefatbob , 27 March 2010 17:11
    Nope, not had any problems with it at all.....but, that may be because as soon as I got it home and installed it, I downloaded a crack for it that allows me to play it normally as I and all should be able to.

    This situation may be caused by the pirates, or so we are led to believe, still think same as everyone else it is all about second hand sales etc, but thank god the pirates cracked it, so myself a legit player can play it like a normal game.

    Now the big kicker.... If this DRM method is continually used by publishers, I will not be a "paying" customer for much longer.
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    Matan Eldan , 27 March 2010 19:04
    +1 to Rab1d-BDGR!
    I wish these companies would have adopt your idea :) 
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    Anonymous , 27 March 2010 20:32
    When I pay for a game Im supposedly paying for a FULL game, not one half of it on a DVD and the second half located on some server to witch I could or could not have access depending on and internet connection. Is it even legal to sell a half working product?
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    BeakerUK , 28 March 2010 05:16
    I've a full C&C Collection on original disks, plus boxed special editions with T-shirts and the like, and the compilation disks. I would say I'm a massive C&C fan despite the issues with declining quality of gameplay with the newer games. I even completed Generals, and it's a crap game!

    I was seriously stoked for C&C4 until they mentioned how the DRM works. I don't always want to be connected to the 'net to play as I can't always be wifi connected, or connected through my 3G dongle.

    Screw them, I don't have long to wait for Starcraft.
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    mactronix , 28 March 2010 18:19
    I have to agree there are many ways that are better and more profitable than what we have at the moment. How do they not see that DRM is actually turning people towards piracy.
    So you buy a game and then have to crack it to get it to work, so obviously the next step is to just download a ready cracked version.
    The whole point of DRM is to try and make sure its only paid for copies that can be used and this just cant do that so its just screwing the straight guys.
    I used to go buy games on release day buy these days i wait for teh reviews to check if they report any hidden DRM etc.
    Its a sad state of afairs

    Mactronix
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    excalibur1814 , 28 March 2010 18:52
    I have, over the past few months, played the following games:
    Gears of War
    Supreme Commander 2
    Bioshock
    Crysis
    Crysis Warhead
    C&C 3 Tiberium Wars
    C &C Red Alert 3
    Left for Dead 1 and 2
    etc

    Do I actually care if they have DRM? No, not at all, as I simply installed and played (Apart from Gears of War which required an update and an updated WInlive updated straight out of the box!!?) the damn game.

    All played, completed with no problems.

    C&C 4, on the otherhand, has thrown out the tried and tested method of the previous games for something new and that alone means I'm not going to purchase the damn game.

    Forget DRM as it's happening and that's that. Some will listen and some won't but downloading a pirated damn game IS causing problems. I pay for my gaming and I enjoy gaming. Stop with all the damn downloading. Gaming isn't a right, it's a luxury and we have a choice, buy or don't buy.

    Pirates should stop and maybe, just maybe, these guys will stop putting crappy DRM in the damn box. (Then again, it is now more to do with second hand game sales)
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    Anonymous , 29 March 2010 00:31
    What about those of who deploy to Afghanistan and Iraq and don't always have an internet connection? I guess we're just not good enough to play your games EA and Ubisoft. Thanks.
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    ukcal , 29 March 2010 02:56
    But surely second hand sales are of little consequence to the publishers?
    For a second hand sale to occur, the game must have been purchased initially. Those buying the game second hand are obviously unwilling to pay full price for the game, but to buy it at a reduced price will put some cash in towards game shops and the original seller's pockets. If the original seller then has more money, they are more able to then go out and buy another game, instead of 'finishing' with the game and being left with a product they no longer desire.
    If the only choices available were to buy the product at full price or pirate, then the companies will have to ensure the pricing appeals to as much of it's target audience as possible, else it's the road of piracy. At least if you could wait a couple of months to buy a second hand copy at a cheaper price, the amount of piracy would go down (and either way no more money goes to the companies).
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    guanyu210379 , 29 March 2010 14:57
    I have no problems at all. I don't like DRM from the first place and the game sucks anyway. I am glad I haven't bought it, I have tried to play this game on someones computer just a few hours before I actually intended to go to a game shop.
    This is the worse release of all CnC ever until now and the DRM makes things worse.. this game doesn't even worth getting for free from torrent websites (BTW : the cracked and working version is already somewhere in the net)...

    I have questions :
    "Why would people wanna spend money on a bad game which is also designed not to be played by being protected with stupid means like DRM? Remember! Not everyone have good internet connection! Are those who bought it stupid or EA is stupid?"

    Somethin' to consider :
    "Most of the people (such as I) bought legitimate copies of games or programs usually due to the cause that they respect the work behind the creation of programs (games included), not because they are scared from braking the law, and they want to use and want to get what they are paying for"

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    devilxc , 29 March 2010 19:25
    The only DRM I will put up with is steam. Apart from that I won't buy a game that limits when and how I play it.

    Even Steam annoyed me when it wouldn't load in offline mode during a LAN.
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    mactronix , 29 March 2010 22:54
    Note to games houses.
    When i buy a game i want it to work. How i want it to where i want it to and as many times as i want it to. If key-gens work and can give pirates a code that works/fools the activation server, THATS YOUR PROBLEM STOP INCONBVENIANCING ME BECAUSE YOUR SYSTEMS ARE CRAP.

    Mactronix