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Darkspore

If you liked Darkspore you have a week left to play it

EA is pulling the plug on Maxis’ action-RPG Darkspore. The news was announced in December (thanks, PC Gamer) but it seems not many of us noticed… which may be the issue, let’s face it. “Today, we are announcing that...

 
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Cracking

Far Cry Primal and Rise of the Tomb Raider will use the Denuvo anti-tampering system

The PC releases of both Far Cry Primal and Rise of the Tomb Raider will make use of the controversial Denuvo anti-tampering software. Denuvo isn’t technically DRM because it doesn’t manage content licenses. However, it does prov...

 
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uPlay

uPlay's latest update makes it a bit less annoying

Many people really, really hate Ubisoft’s uPlay platform. It’s seen as an unnecessary thing that stands between people and their games, especially when combined with a second client like Steam. Launching a uPlay-enabled game thr...

 
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Windows 10

Windows 10 has killed SecuROM and SafeDisc DRM

Back in the days before Steam, Origin, or uPlay, the infamous SecuROM and SafeDisc were two of the primary types of DRM developers could use. In the name of “preventing piracy” (read as “preventing perceived lost profits b...

 
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The Elder Scrolls Online

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

[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 boxed PS4 / Xbo...

 
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Dark Souls vs. GFWL

Dark Souls' transition from GFWL pushed into December

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 update: "We are...

 
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Borderlands

Borderlands multiplayer moving to Steam, SecuROM DRM is out

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 coming in a future ...

 
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Diablo 2 offline mode

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

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 necessity of the onli...

 
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Shadowrun Returns

Shadowrun Returns can now be released without DRM

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 Microsoft to releas...

 
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Witcher 3 DRM

Witcher 3 ditches DRM on PC

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 0. Zero. Zip. ...

 
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Only 4% of Volgarr the Viking players bought the game

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 by Adult Swim ...

 
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SimCity

SimCity team looking into offline mode

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 team specificall...

 
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Uplay

New version of Uplay features Twitch integration

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 integration of T...

 
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SimCity

SimCity feedback led to an offline The Sims 4

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. Speaking to Gam...

 
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Xbox One

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

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 and age. Now so...

 
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Fans petition for return of Xbox One DRM policies

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 asking owners to bu...

 
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EA considers previously impossible offline SimCity

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. It's almost as ...

 
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PlayStation 4

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

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, in my view, the ...

 
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Sony on Microsoft DRM

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

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 that have reso...

 
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Darkspore DRM debacle

Server bugs make Darkspore unplayable, still up on Origin

[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 question came fr...

 
Xbox Reversal
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

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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

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Dtoid Show

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

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, but Respawn wan...

 
Xbox DRM controversy
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

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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

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Xbox One patch

Day-one patch needed for Xbox One DRM policy changes

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, now. As of toda...

 
Xbox One drops DRM
[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

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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

Xbox One military
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

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Sony and PS4

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

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 Studios Shuhei Yoshid...

 

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Given that Im level 30+ in Lost Reavers, Ill do a quick write-up on it this Jeds got the gist of it, except that real money has nothing to with buying ammo and health elixirs - unless theyve changed it in the past couple of

 
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So, yeah, I have to agree with everybody that the gameplay in Overwatch is pretty The gametypes suck, though! The fact that theres only two and I dont like either one is pretty much a

 
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Just finished Doom II for the first This Arch-vile will be visiting me in my sleep tonight, as its the most terrifying enemy in any video game save for that thing that follows you around in Pikmin

 
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