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Jimquisition happens every Monday!
The Xbox One will kill used games and control second-hand sales, and some people think that's great. Jim Sterling is not among them. While members of the gaming media attempt to see the positive side of murdering the used ga... read feature

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Gamers make it clear to Sony they want a DRM-free PS4


#PS4noDRM
May 27
While Microsoft continues to flop around following the revelation of its Xbox One user restrictions, gamers have sensed an opportunity to suggest Sony steal some free PR points, campaigning for a DRM-free PlayStation 4. ... read
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Former EA CEO: Gamers will learn to love always-on DRM


John Riccitiello says awful things from beyond the grave
May 23
Former Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitello has responded to the outcry of gamers worried about an always-online future. The recently resigned executive believes that, given time, we will all march in step with the industry an... read
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Xbox One

Microsoft: Xbox One will need to go online eventually


System for online game trades also planned
May 21
With all of the talk of always-online requirements and the like leading up to today's event, this is the story I've been waiting to hit all day. Speaking to Kotaku about the newly-announced Xbox One, Microsoft Studios corpora... read
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Sony 'didn't consider' always-online PS4 restrictions


Worldwide Studios boss claims the topic never came up
May 08
Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida claims the topic of a PlayStation 4 locked down by always-on DRM restrictions never came up. While rumors of such things surround talk of the Next Xbox, Yoshida's sure to put so... read
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Game Dev Tycoon turns piracy back on the pirates


Interesting anti-piracy measure aims to inspire empathy
Apr 29
Game Dev Tycoon has implemented an interesting little method for combating piracy. Anybody who runs a cracked version of the game will, in turn, have their virtual product pirated so they can see what it feels like. Well play... read
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Next Xbox Achievements

Rumor: Next Xbox DRM is up to the individual publisher


Microsoft is also expected to expand the scope of Achievements
Apr 26
Following yesterday's talk of price points and a potential November launch for the next Xbox, Polygon has compiled the latest it's heard about the console. Sources say that yes, there will be an always-online requirement pres... read
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Rhymedown Spectacular: Quoth The Gamer


The brains behind Jimquisition and Zero Punctuation get lyrical
Apr 24
Your ol' pals Jim and Yahtzee are back with some more poetic justice. This week, your ears can be teased with the tale of Always John and Fear's Farewell. They are poems, you see. About videogames.  Enjoy! read
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Jim & Yahtzee's Rhymedown Spectacular!


The brains behind Jimquisition and Zero Punctuation get lyrical
Apr 17
A few months back, I was chatting with Susan Arendt over at The Escapist about doing some sort of videogame poetry. It was a very vulgar idea. Yahtzee of Zero Punctuation was also mulling over a poetry-themed produ... read
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Company suspects we'll be fine with DRM-locked systems
Despite the massive outrage sparked by ex-Microsoft employee Adam Orth and his suggestions we'll have to "deal" with an always-online console, Ubisoft thinks the game buying public will be just fine with it. Responding to que... read feature

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Jimquisition: Why An Always-On DRM Console Is Dumb


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Apr 08
Just talking about an "always-on" Xbox is a really dumb idea. Hopefully not even Microsoft would be so stupid, but just in case any of the platform holders are seriously considering this awful, nasty little idea, let Jimquisition lay out the many good reasons as to why an always-on console would be utterly ludicrous. Seriously, it's ... it's terrible. Deal with it! read
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Microsoft apologizes for 'Deal With It' statements


Refuses to confirm or deny any Xbox rumors
Apr 05
Following an earlier controversy of stunning proportions, Microsoft has issued an official statement concerning employee Adam Orth's public sentiment that always-on DRM haters need to just "Deal with it." The company apologiz... read
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Director spews bullshit about DRM-locked system
[Update: Microsoft has since apologized for Orth's statements. Deal with it.] Rumors that the Next Xbox will be restricted by the same always-online requirement that has crippled several major PC releases of late has not exac... read feature

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Jimquisition

Jimquisition: Bullshit In Sheep's Clothing


Jimquisition is a thing that happens!
Apr 02
Join Jim as he celebrates the 100th episode of Jimquisition ... and complains about EA. Again. Companies (mostly EA) have started to learn they can get away with pulling their familiar stunts by giving them a new coat of pai... read
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Games boss swears EA Maxis decided on the SimCity online stuff
Electronic Arts may have been one of the last big wielders of SecuROM, and SimCity's online woes reek of it, but EA Labels president Frank Gibeau claims to hate DRM. According to him, such anti-piracy measures have failed, an... read feature

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Meat Boy dev on DRM

Super Meat Boy dev says DRM is more dangerous than piracy


Refenes weighs in on the SimCity fiasco
Mar 19
Tommy Refenes has shown no problem speaking his mind in the past. With the SimCity situation fresh on everyone's minds, he seemed eager to share his opinion once again. Refenes wrote a well thought-out post on his person... read
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SimCity

Subset offline mode didn't fit Maxis' vision for SimCity


Developer responds to SimCity backlash
Mar 15
After a rather eventful day of people tinkering with SimCity in order to play offline, Maxis general manager Lucy Bradshaw has written a "straight answers" blog post addressing the game's always-on design. Those hoping for a ... read
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Evidence mounts that 'always-on' requirement is total bunkem
There is mounting evidence that, despite EA Maxis' claims to the contrary, SimCity is wholly capable of being played offline -- a capability that would have saved buyers a week of hassle and tons of creativity now lost to ser... read feature

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Jimquisition: SimShitty


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Mar 11
DRM is back again, and it's here to stay! Games are a service, so we're told, but who do they really serve? SimCity's failure to launch thanks to ludicrous DRM restrictions has been the hot topic of the week, and naturally there's a Jimquisition afoot to skewer Electronic Arts right in its Electronic Nads. Time to put a bit of stick about, wouldn't you say? read
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We answer The Question
[Every Monday, Destructoid will pose topical a question to the community. Answer it if you want!] It's hard to argue that anyone likes the idea of Digital Rights Management systems (apart from some publishers, maybe) an... read feature

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Claims the problems are 'almost behind us'
While SimCity's DRM-in-sheep's-clothing continues to cause playabilty issues, EA Maxis has declared its intent to keep the game tied to a server. The company will do "everything it can" to make your game playable, but that do... read feature

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SimCity

Petition demands the removal of DRM from SimCity


And all future games too
Mar 08
SimCity is broken. Players aren't able to connect to the servers, and without that connection you virtually cannot do anything with the city building game. Fans are rightly outraged, taking to various social media outlets ... read
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DRM chair

What if household furniture had DRM?


DRM chair doesn't want to be exploited
Mar 08
SimCity's always-online DRM scheme is seriously the worst. How anti-consumer can you get? Whenever a studio decides to implement something extremely backwards like limited installations or online checks, you have to wonder i... read
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SimCity on Amazon

SimCity is now available on Amazon...again


Previously pulled game returns
Mar 08
SimCity is finally here, and to say EA has had a disastrous launch is an understatement. Among connection issues due to its always-on DRM scheme, EA has also reportedly denied customers refunds. As a result of this maelstrom ... read
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Hold off on getting the game until our full review
Our review for SimCity is coming, but server issues are making the game unplayable. I'm sure you're already aware of the need to always be online to play, but it goes a lot deeper than just a DRM issue. Data isn't stored loca... read feature

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Ubisoft wants to 'improve relationship' with PC gamers


Miraculous change of heart following Uplay expansion
Feb 22
Ubisoft, famous among PC gamers for obnoxious DRM tactics and shoddy ports, has claimed it wishes to improve its relationship with the computer gaming community. Of course, now it's trying to push its own Origin-like service,... read
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Jimquisition: Companies Exist to Make Money


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Feb 11
Jimquisition's had it wrong all this time. Videogame companies exist to make money, so it was foolish to ever suggest their anti-consumer policies are awful, reckless, and deserving of criticism. That was all sarcasm, just then. read
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BioShock Infinite PC won't have SecuROM or GFWL


Levine says game will feel "right at home" on computers
Dec 21
During his Reddit AMA, Irrational Games saucepot Ken Levine promised concerned PC gamers that BioShock Infinite would not repeat the mistakes of the past, claiming it'll be "right at home" on computers. Most crucially, Infini... read
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The DTOID Show: THQ Bankruptcy, SimCity DRM & The War Z


Bad News Bears!
Dec 19
Hey guys, in spite of this being the second-to-last Destructoid Show of 2012, there's still news. And it's all crappy news. Gross! Okay, so there was this big crapstorm over The War Z, and as a result, it's no longer ava... read
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SimCity cranks the always-online DRM up to eleven


Cloud saving is the latest way to bugger your customers
Dec 19
A Reddit AMA thread can do wonders for somebody's publicity, as companies and personalities engage directly with one of the largest online communities. However, Maxis didn't quite get what it wanted from the system,... read
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Here's your Far Cry 3 PC specs and DRM details


Sep 25
We already know that Ubisoft's upcoming Far Cry 3 has a pretty rubbish release date, but if you're not put off by waiting until December and you're wanting to pick up the PC version, here's some system specifications from Ubi... read
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Russia forced to get unwanted region-locked Borderlands 2


Russian gamers unable to play worldwide
Sep 18
Gamers in Russia and Ukraine are unhappy with their purchase of Borderlands 2 at the moment, because they got a version of the game they never expected or asked for. Any version bought in the Commonwealth of Independent State... read






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