UK Customers Can't Get Top Ubisoft Titles Via Steam

November 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Ubisoft will not make several of its PC games available on Steam in the United Kingdom, according to PCNGames. Instead customers will have to buy Assassin’s Creed Unity, Far Cry 4 and The Crew (whenever it is release) through Ubisoft's digital distribution service, Uplay.

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Poll: Will 'Abandoned' Video Games Be Granted a DMCA Exemption?

November 5, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Every three years the U.S. Copyright Office considers proposed exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a rule that limits the circumvention of DRM, software designed to restrict access to copyrighted works.

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EFF Files Petitions for DMCA Exemptions on Jailbreaking, Car Software, and Video Game DRM Software Checks on Older Games

November 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced that it has filed six exemption requests with the U.S. Copyright Office today. Every three years the agency in charge of copyright uses Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to allow for petitions asking for exemptions in the name of the greater good. EFF's requests received assistance from the Organization for Transformative Works, the NYU Technology Law & Policy Clinic, attorney Marcia Hofmann, and former EFF intern Kendra Albert.

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It's DRM Exemption Petition Season At The Copyright Office

October 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It's that time again at the U.S. Copyright Office: every three years the agency in charge of all things copyright-related accepts petitions on activities that should be exempt under the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). 2014 is one of those years, but the deadline is Monday, November 3.

Sherwin Siy, VP of legal affairs at Public Knowledge tells Ars Technica that it's not too difficult to submit a petition, but recommends petitioners keep it under five or six pages long and be specific on what the exemption request will accomplish that serves the greater good.

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EA's Origin Offers 'Dragon Age: Origins' For Free During October

October 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts announced this morning that its "On The House" program will feature BioWare's popular role-playing game Dragon Age: Origins for the month of October. To get the game for free, all you need to do is have an Origin account and the Origin client installed. If you have those things already, you can download the game for free from this link.

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UK Consumers Can Now Legally Make Backup Copies of Music, Movies, and More

October 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new law in the United Kingdom makes it legal for citizens to make backups of their legally purchased CDs, MP3s, DVDs, Blu-rays and e-books. Consumers can store these backup copies on home PCs or in the cloud, according to the BBC. Obviously it is still illegal to share these backup copies with friends, family, or with the Internet community at large. Prior to this change in the law, it was illegal to rip CDs locally or for use with iTunes.

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CD Projekt Reiterates its Hate for DRM

September 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Witcher series developer CD Projekt is reiterating its long-held position on the use of digital rights management software in its games. In a new interview with IGN discussing DRM and DLC related to its upcoming RPG sequel The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt Red 's Michal Platkow-Gilewski said it is as vehemently against using DRM in its products as when it first started making games.

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Reclaim Your Game Evaluates 'The Sims 4'

September 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Reclaim Your Game (RYG), an organization dedicated to uncovering the secrets hidden in games (like DRM, and questionable clauses in end-user license agreements, terms of service of agreements, and privacy policies rolled into game releases), has taken the time to dig through The Sims 4, the latest release in EA's popular people simulator for various platforms.

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Capcom Ditching GFWL Support in Three More Games

September 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Capcom is ditching Games For Window Live in three more games - Dead Rising 2, Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, and Resident Evil 5 - but the exact timeframe for when these titles will make the full transition to Steamworks is to be determined.

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Play 'Titanfall' on PC For Free

August 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Titanfall is available for free for a limited time on PC as part of EA's Origin Game Time promotion. Obviously you'll need to be an Origin member and have the client installed in order to play it. Those interested in playing Titanfall simply have to add the game to their Origin game library and download it.

The free play event for Respawn's online-focused, future-leaning first-person shooter will only last for 48 hours.

Those interested in purchasing the game after the free trial period ends can do so and continue their progress from the trial.

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'Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare' For Free - For a Limited Time

August 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

EA announced that it is letting those who have an Origin account play Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare for free for a limited time. For 72 hours you can play EA's and PopCap's' team-based Plants vs. Zombies-themed online shooter via the Origin Game Time program.

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare pits a team of plants against squads of zombies in 24-player suburban multiplayer arenas. As you progress through the game and gain victories you unlock all kinds of game elements and characters.

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Report: EA Snuck SecuROM DRM in Free 'The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection'

July 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An investigation by Reclaim Your Game reveals that the new version of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection contains SecuROM, the notorious DRM. But the worst part is the fact that, while EA was giving away the game for free (because it is ending support for it) to anyone with an Origin account, it didn't bother telling anyone that the game contained this DRM scheme.

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Ubisoft Found 'Not Guilty' in DRM Infringement Case

July 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Ubisoft has received summary judgment from a U.S. District Court judge that allows it to separate itself from a long-running legal fight over patents related to digital rights management, including its own Uplay service. The lawsuit began in 2011 when Digital Reg of Texas, LLC, filed a lawsuit against Adobe Systems, Valve, Ubisoft and other companies over various aspects of their digital content delivery and authentication services. Some of the defendants (like Valve) settled with the company. Ubisoft did not settle and has been found not guilty of infringement.

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Four Million Copies of Watch Dogs 'Sold-Through' Worldwide

June 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Ubisoft announced its open-world hacking game Watch Dogs has sold-through more than 4 million copies in its first week of availability based on NPD and GFK data and internal estimates as of June 3, 2014. Watch Dogs is also the company’s best-selling game ever in week one period, according to internal estimates for Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs worldwide sales data for all platforms as of June 3, 2014.

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Uplay's Poor Performance Affecting 'Watch Dogs' and Other Games on Multiple Platforms

May 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you thought that PC Watch Dog players were the only ones having problems because of Ubisoft's Uplay DRM software, then we have a surprise for you: Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PS4 owners of Ubisoft's open-world hacking action game are also struggling to play the game. So says this advisory from Microsoft to Xbox players - and it's not just Watch Dogs suffering from Uplay problems.

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Report: PC Version of 'Watch Dogs' Suffers Launch Day Issues

May 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While Ubisoft's open world hacking game is getting fairly solid reviews out of the gate, several owners of the PC version of the game are saying that it has lots of problems with general crashes, sound issues, frame rate degradation, and issues with various graphical drivers from Nvidia.

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Square Enix: DRM is Here to Stay

April 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a surprising new interview with TorrentFreak, Square Enix senior manager of business and legal affairs Adam Sullivan said that digital rights management (DRM) is a necessary part of doing business in this day and age and that it won't be going away anytime soon.

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Ubisoft Giving 'Uplay Ambassadors' Paid Trips to E3 2014

April 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Ubisoft is offering Uplay users all-expenses-paid trips to E3 in Los Angeles by becoming ambassadors for its (often mandatory) games platform Uplay. Ubisoft announced that 12 winning fans will "receive the VIP treatment" with paid travel, access to the E3 show floor, a ticket to the Ubisoft press conference and exclusive meetings with Ubisoft's development teams. One thousand fans will also be given an invitation to "the Uplay lounge", a pop-up event held near the Los Angeles Convention Center during E3.

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All PC Versions of Watch Dogs Require Uplay

April 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

When the PC version of Ubisoft's Watch Dogs releases later this year it will require consumers to install the company's Uplay software. Even if the game is purchased through Steam, users will still have to install Uplay, according to CVG. All PC versions of the game will use a mandatory Uplay client that players will have to log on to in order to activate the game.

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Microsoft's Phil Spencer Says Xbox One DRM Controversy Hurt Him Personally

April 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer told Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb during his latest podcast that last summer's controversy about Xbox One's DRM hurt him personally.

Spencer also said that he knows Microsoft could have done a better job communicating this last year.

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EA Offers Dead Space for Free on Origin

March 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts has launched a new promotion similar to Microsoft's Games With Gold for Xbox Live. The new promotion is called "On The House," and gives away a free game from time to time. The only catch is that you have to be a registered user of the company's Origin digital distribution platform.

"We're gamers, too," EA said. "We appreciate you making Origin your gaming home... and besides, who doesn't like free stuff?"

The first game available to consumers for free is the horror action survival game Dead Space.

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GOG.com Apologizes for Regional Pricing Scheme, Promises Flat Rates Across All Regions

March 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GOG.com has made a very public apology for trying to institute regional pricing, calling it a big mistake and saying that it will find ways - even if it costs the company money out of its own pocket - to make sure that everyone in every region pays the same amount of money for its catalog of DRM-free PC, Mac, and Linux games.

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Report: South Park: The Stick of Truth Will Not Use Ubisoft's uPlay

February 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Some good news for fans of the RPG being developed by Obsidian and South Park Studios: It will be a Steam game and will not use Ubisoft's uPlay DRM. Responding to a question about whether the game would require uPlay to be installed in order to play, Obsidian Entertainment's official twitter account confirmed that the PC version of the game will not use Ubisoft's uPlay; instead it will be fully integrated into Steam.

The rights to publish the game were acquired by Ubisoft in an auction following the bankruptcy of its previous publisher THQ.

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Gabe Newell 'Fine with Origin on Steam Machines'

January 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a thread on Reddit, Valve front man Gabe Newell said something that surprised a lot of people: that he's okay with EA's Origin digital distribution platform running on Steam Machines. While we don't know how Steam OS and Origin would cooperate within the same environment, Newell's comments continue to illustrate Valve's commitment to being an all-inclusive platform for all kinds of games and methods of delivery, etc.

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Report: GFWL Support Removed from Fallout 3 in Latest Update

January 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to details found in the Steam Database brought to light in this NeoGAF thread, the new patch that rolled out for Fallout 3 looks to have removed Game For Windows LIVE features from the game. According to the thread, variables with names like ShowCDKeyOnLaunch and LegacyKeyRegistryLocation have been removed, which is a good indication that the Microsoft gaming service is no longer supported by the game.

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GOG.com MD Talks About the Power of a DRM-Free Catalog

January 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Wired UK (by way of sister publication Ars Technica) offers an interesting and lengthy discussion with GOG.com managing director Guillaume Rambourg about digital rights management. Rambourg talks about DRM, anti-sales, and a whole lot more.

Rambourg starts out with GOG.com's origin story and how high levels of piracy in its home country of Poland inspired the founders to create a storefront that worried very little about DRM and put their focus instead on creating value that would convert those pirates into paying customers. Here's an excerpt:

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 81

December 31, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

After a two week hiatus (thanks mostly to the holidays and Andrew's self-imposed exile to a small town in Kentucky) we return with Super Podcast Action Committee Episode 81! On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the Killer Instinct DRM that popped up during a recent competition at a NYC college, the EFF's annual Wish List, and investors suing EA over the shaky Battlefield 4 launch. Download Episode 81 now: SuperPAC Episode 81 (1 hour, 17 minutes) 88.4 MB.

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DRM Derails Killer Instinct Tournament

December 18, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Polygon report citing a YouTube video from "Team Spooky After Hours," the DRM in the Xbox One title Killer Instinct reared its ugly head during a tournament that took place at Queens College in New York.

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ShinyLoot Offers $1 Games on Black Friday

November 25, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Digital game store ShinyLoot will be hosting a massive Black Friday sale where over one hundred games in its catalog will be discounted to $1 each. The sale will include indie games from developer partners, DRM-free including such titles as The Oil Blue, Children of the Nile, Aztaka, The Cat Lady, Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land, Creeper World, Bridge Construction Set and Hinterland. The sale will begin on Friday, Nov. 29 at midnight CST, and will run until Monday Dec. 2 until Midnight CST.

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CD Projekt Red: Publishers Use DRM to 'Cover Their Own Asses'

November 12, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

In an interview with GiantBomb CD Projekt Red CEO Marcin Iwinski says that most companies use digital rights management software as a smokescreen to cover their asses. Iwinski and his company, who are best known for The Witcher series of action RPGs, is a staunch opponent of DRM.

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Matthew WilsonI heard reports of cheating, what else is happening?11/29/2014 - 1:28am
Papa MidnightThings are getting ugly over at the CS:GO tournament section of DreamHack Winter 201411/29/2014 - 1:27am
Matthew Wilsonhttp://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/11/music-publishers-finally-pull-the-trigger-sue-an-isp-over-piracy/ this is just stupid.11/29/2014 - 12:56am
Papa MidnightWhat Andrew Said. I also got directed to a Blu-Ray for Dragon Ball Z.11/29/2014 - 12:38am
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Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/nov/25/lee-rigby-report-internet-firms-safe-haven-terrorists-pm wow... come on uk really?11/28/2014 - 2:39pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.nintendolife.com/news/2014/11/two_tetris_downloads_to_be_removed_from_the_3ds_eshop_in_europe Tetris to be removed from the 3DS VC at the end of the year in Europe. Other regions unknown, but will probably all happen too.11/28/2014 - 9:16am
Andrew EisenThe story you just linked to? The story you asked if anyone had seen? Yes, THAT obnoxiousness. I've heard it parroted for nearly two years now.11/27/2014 - 7:57pm
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ZippyDSMleeEvil within is a badly designed game.11/27/2014 - 7:28pm
Andrew EisenSure but you said "widens," hence my confusion. Looking into it, yep, there's a tweak to completely re-frame the image, adding more info at the top and bottom. You apparently need a fairly beefy rig to keep it running smooth when you do that though.11/27/2014 - 6:48pm
Matthew Wilsonthere is vertical fov, not just horizontal fov11/27/2014 - 6:38pm
Andrew EisenWell, you can widen it to 3:1 or even 10:1 but I don't know why you'd want to. From what I understand it's the missing visual info at the top and bottom that some object to, not that there isn't enough on either side.11/27/2014 - 6:36pm
Matthew WilsonI think it widenss the fov, so you get to see more.11/27/2014 - 6:31pm
Andrew EisenI don't see how as doing so would not add any visual information to the top or bottom of the screen.11/27/2014 - 6:04pm
Matthew Wilsonfrom what I read, getting rid of the black bars and stretching it out made for a better play experience.11/27/2014 - 5:59pm
Andrew EisenFrom what I hear, there's a ton of "look up and shoot at the guys above you" stuff in the game that the wider frame doesn't accommodate such actions well.11/27/2014 - 5:55pm
 

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