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The Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls Online's console versions will require a key to activate (Update)


You're stuck with it just like PC users
May 14
[Update: The original statements out of ZeniMax were inaccurate. Here's the latest word: "The physical console version of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited does not require a one-time game code. As with any other b... read
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Dark Souls vs. GFWL

Dark Souls' transition from GFWL pushed into December


Games for Windows Live is the final Boss
Nov 30
Publisher Bandai Namco recently took to the Steam discussion boards to issue an official statement in regards to Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition's planned November transition away from Games for Windows Live in this ... read
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Borderlands

Borderlands multiplayer moving to Steam, SecuROM DRM is out


Steamworks support coming in a separate update
Jul 29
The original Borderlands was one of the notable titles affected by the shutdown of GameSpy Technology at the end of May, but 2K said it would eventually use Steamworks in an effort to keep multiplayer going. That's still comi... read
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Diablo 2 offline mode

Blizzard: Diablo 2 shouldn't have had an offline mode


Just what we wanted to hear!
Nov 14
A large chunk of people are pretty upset that the PC version of Diablo III requires you to be online when you play, especially since the recent console port let's you play offline. Blizzard has been known to defend the necess... read
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Shadowrun Returns

Shadowrun Returns can now be released without DRM


Coming to GOG.com
Nov 12
If you missed the opportunity to get Shadowrun Returns free of DRM during its Kickstarter fundraising and didn't eventually cave for the Steam release, you're in luck. Harebrained Schemes has successfully negotiated with Micr... read
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Witcher 3 DRM

Witcher 3 ditches DRM on PC


Ding dong the DRM is dead
Oct 30
The Witcher 3? More like DRM-free. Community Manager Marcin Momot took to the CD Projekt website to explain the DRM situation with the upcoming Witcher 3. "The PC version of The Witcher 3 will have absolutely no DRM from day ... read
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Only 4% of Volgarr the Viking players bought the game


The developers take to Twitter to talk honestly about piracy
Oct 22
Volgarr the Viking is a hardcore-focused throwback to classic 2D action titles of the past. Released last month, it has already pleased many gamers looking for a challenge. After a successful Kickstarter and getting picked up... read
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SimCity

SimCity team looking into offline mode


Bigger cities, however, are definitely not happening
Oct 04
An offline mode for SimCity isn't outside the realm of possibility. Especially not in a world where Blizzard plans to take out its auction houses in Diablo III. (I'm still shocked that's going through.) "Right now we have a t... read
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Uplay

New version of Uplay features Twitch integration


Uplay also unsurprisingly confirmed for next-gen consoles
Sep 19
Live streaming of your videogames seems to be all the rage among you kids. Ubisoft is making a point to swoop in on that trend, and it will all come to fruition with the new iteration of Uplay. Uplay PC 4.0 will feature the i... read
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SimCity

SimCity feedback led to an offline The Sims 4


EA is 'making changes to the business practices that gamers clearly donít like'
Jul 24
The disastrous launch of SimCity is over and done with. Emerging from the wreckage with two million sales and counting, Electronic Arts is considering allowing the game to be played offline like many of us originally wanted. ... read
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Xbox One

Microsoft: There's work to do with Xbox One message


Removing DRM has only added to what the console can do
Jul 13
First the Xbox One was an always online DRM restricted console, then it wasn't. Fans booed and cried until Microsoft realized that the practicality of having an always online system just doesn't work for everyone in this day ... read
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Fans petition for return of Xbox One DRM policies


Because of COURSE they do
Jul 10
Fans are petitioning Microsoft to bring back the restrictive DRM policies previously planned for the Xbox One, asking for a return to online check-ins and demolished ownership rights. Elsewhere, dogs around the world are aski... read
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EA considers previously impossible offline SimCity


Survey asks if customers would like it (no sh*t)
Jul 05
According to a customer survey being sent to SimCity players and posted on Reddit, Electronic Arts is thinking about adding an offline mode to the recently released game -- a mode EA said couldn't be done because of reasons. ... read
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PlayStation 4

Sony had 'no intention' of changing its used games policy


'We need to be fair and to think of the consumer experience first,' says SCE CEO
Jul 04
Speaking to the Guardian about Sony's same-old used games policy for the PlayStation 4, Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House says that feedback from gamers demanding the current system remain in place was "not just, i... read
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Sony on Microsoft DRM

Tretton: Microsoft 'better late than never' on DRM change


And more from the affable man, including a consumer's right to choose
Jul 02
SCEA President and affable conference frontman Jack Tretton was on IGN's Up at Noon, talking a bit about Microsoft, along with answering some PS4 questions. Tretton noted that the decisions Sony has made about its new console... read
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Darkspore DRM debacle

Server bugs make Darkspore unplayable, still up on Origin


DRM strikes again
Jul 01
[UPDATE:] EA responded to a Kotaku inquiry about Darkspore thusly: Maxis continues to support Darkspore and its servers. We recently resolved a problem where players were having issues connecting to the game. The post in q... read
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We answer The Question
Now that Microsoft has reversed their stance on initiatives restricting used game sales and more potent digital rights management for the Xbox One, has your bloodlust been sated? Does Microsoft still have work to do in convincing you of the value of their console, or has the vice grip been loosened on your wallet? Answer The Question for yourself in the comments! read feature

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Jimquisition happens every Monday!
The Xbox One no longer enforces restrictions on used games, but the debate over console DRM is not over. One lingering question is this -- why are consoles criticized, but PC gets away with it? One would assume the plentiful... read feature

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Dtoid Show

No Xbox One DRM, Titanfall, Halo, & Oculus Rift VR Sex


The Destructoid Show puts on its wizard hat and robe
Jun 21
Hey everybody! It's The Destructoid Show! ...Again! Microsoft dropped their dumb DRM, but there's a day one patch, and we're losing some features. But hey, free Xbox Live games. Titanfall has no single-player campaign, ... read
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Some things deserve to die
It looks like we're going to do this dance again. So soon. In the wake of Microsoft reversing its Xbox One DRM policies, brave corporate warrior Cliff Bleszinski wasted little time in telling us how this would be a bad thing ... read feature

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Xbox One got dat no DRM!
Xbox One Eighty more like HA HA HA HA HA! Jimquisition rushes to bring a half-baked opinion in the afterfall of Microsoft reversing its DRM policy on Xbox One. read feature

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Xbox One patch

Day-one patch needed for Xbox One DRM policy changes


A few online-centric features are out
Jun 19
Sony went in a different direction than Microsoft with respect to always-on requirements and used games, and the latter company didn't hear the end of it. We certainly weren't buying the explanations. But that's in the past, ... read
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Changes come 'as a result of feedback from the Xbox community'
[Update: It's true. Microsoft has reversed its policies. There's only a one-time system setup that requires an Internet connection -- no daily check-ins. Discs work like they have in the past -- they'll need to be in your con... read feature

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Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Sony created a magic moment this past week at E3, declaring for the world that PS4 would not restrict used games or utilize DRM. Power to the people! Of course, it can be said Sony didn't actually do anything, yet is being l... read feature

Xbox One military photo
Armed forces thoroughly unimpressed with Microsoft's DRM
Regular gamers have expressed quite a bit of upset at Xbox One's ridiculous DRM policies, but nowhere is the disdain more keenly felt -- nor more justified -- than that coming from America's armed services. Considering the tr... read feature

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Sony and PS4

Sony: We're going to treat the PS4 like the PS3


Shuhei Yoshida speaks
Jun 12
It was rumored that Sony came to the decision to oppose DRM-laden policies very late in the game in response to Microsoft, but that's not so, according to Sony. At a Sony Roundtable today, President of Sony's Worldwide Studio... read
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Did Sony confirm DRM on PS4 after all? Not quite!


PS4 retains all the policies PS3 had, basically
Jun 11
[Update: Sony has outright confirmed my initial interpretation. As reported by GameFront, Sony has stated that Tretton's use of the term "DRM" referred only to playing used games online. Essentially, they're talking about let... read
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Sony details EXACTLY how to share games on PS4


Also, nails Microsoft's ass to three separate walls
Jun 10
Riding high off its announcement that the PlayStation 4 will have no DRM, no anti-used game policy, and will support game ownership, Sony has released a video detailing its incredibly deep and nuanced system for sharing physical copies of games.  This, right here, is the great video of E3 so far. Bar none.  Oh my GOD, is this stuff glorious.  Xbox Owned.  read
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Sony calls out the Xbox's bullshit
Sony confirmed that they won't be putting any restrictions on used games. They stated that they believe people have the right to do what they want with the games they buy. Gamers will be able to sell, trade, lend, and rent vi... read feature

Fans on Xbox One policy photo
Gamers react to Microsoft's robbery of consumer rights
Microsoft finally clarified much of its policy on used games and online restrictions with the Xbox One, and the news is grim for those who actually believe in consumer rights. With its new system, Microsoft will take the fina... read feature







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