Emails between USTR and ESA, MPAA, and RIAA show influence on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

June 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

One of the things that is fascinating about recently released emails between U.S. trade representatives negotiating trade treaties like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and trade groups like the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is how amicable they all are with each other.

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Report: some 'The Witcher 3' Xbox One owners can't play the game at all

June 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Some players who purchased The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for Xbox One can't seem to play the game, according multiple reports - most notably on Kotaku and Gamasutra.

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PSA: Buy 'The Witcher 3' on Uplay, get one free game

May 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It's a risk versus reward situation with a new deal from Ubisoft. On the one hand, if you buy CD Projekt RED's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Ubisoft's Uplay platform, you can get one of four free games: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Assassin's Creed Rogue, Far Cry 3 Deluxe Edition, or Watch Dogs.

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Warning: PS4s with PT demo could lock down your entire library

May 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Acording to this Gameranx report - based off a series of tweets from Twitter user pacifist_elk (Nick Cramer) - Konami's removal of the PT demo is causing all kinds of problems with DRM checks, and can effectively lock down one's Playstation 4 library if it is connected to the network.

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'Reclaim Your Game' shutting down, going offline

May 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In an emotional and heartbreaking post on Reclaim Your Game - a company and website dedicated to pushing back against intrusive DRM schemes in games (and working with companies to make digital rights management more palatable to end users) - co-owner Lisa Pham announced that she would be shutting everything down.

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EFF battles the ESA over DMCA exemptions for abandoned games

April 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like the Entertainment Software Association has decided to go toe-to-toe with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) over exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s anti-circumvention provisions (Section 1201). Law student Kendra Albert and the EFF are asking the U.S. Copyright Office to give exemptions to game enthusiasts, museums, and academics who preserve older video games.

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EA: Origin authentication responsible for 'Battlefield Hardline' lockouts, not DRM

March 26, 2015 - James Fudge

Yesterday we reported on a problem associated with what appeared to be Battlefield Hardline's DRM when swapping out hardware components multiple times in a single computer.

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Report: 'Battlefield Hardline' DRM monitors hardware changes

March 25, 2015 - James Fudge

Update: An EA spokesperson has responded to this story. You can find the response here.

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GOG.com Removes Passwords From Installer Archive Files After Linux Users Complaints

January 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

GOG.com has attempted to explain why RAR archives inside installers for its games were password protected and also revealed that it would remove them. GOG.com made its statement today following complaints from Linux users who discovered that the innoextract tool could no longer handle the archives. Some saw this as a form of digital rights management, which is a dirty word around GOG.com (the company takes pride in the fact that it offers DRM-free content to its customers).

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'Assassin's Creed Unity' Patch 4 Delayed

December 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Update: GameSpot reports that the patch is being released today on Xbox One and PS4 and weighs a whopping 6.7 GB.

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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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Andrew EisenThat was quick! Pretty accurate cosplay of the new Ghostbuster uniform and proton pack: https://twitter.com/mirabellemusing/status/61673135125394227207/03/2015 - 6:23pm
Matthew Wilson@mast I dont know, but I do know it got a cult fallowing here.07/03/2015 - 6:22pm
MastermuneWasn't the Zero Escape series more popular here than in Japan?07/03/2015 - 6:19pm
Matthew Wilson@mast given the game was revealed in the US, I wouldnt be shocked if it was released at the same time.07/03/2015 - 6:15pm
MastermuneI don't trust the big AAA worldwide simultaneous releases though.07/03/2015 - 5:57pm
Mastermune@Infophile I have come to the conclusion that smaller games like zero escape, JRPG's and the like are actually worth preordering sinc they are limited quantities and since they usually release in japan first we know if there are any issues.07/03/2015 - 5:56pm
Infophile@Matthew! Awesome news. I'd preorder on that shout alone if I didn't have a policy against preordering anymore.07/03/2015 - 5:16pm
Matthew Wilsonzero escape 3 was announced today.07/03/2015 - 4:21pm
Matthew Wilson@pnx I am guessing a ddoss since that is what happened to neogaf, but sony needs to do a investment in psn as a whole. steam is still the most reliable and fastest digital platform I use.07/03/2015 - 3:06pm
PHX Corphttp://www.vg247.com/2015/07/03/psn-is-down-sony-investigating/ not again: PSN is down, Sony investigating07/03/2015 - 3:04pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.vg247.com/2015/07/03/digital-extremes-trespasser-keystone-pc/ if true, this is funny and embarrassing for Digital Extremes. companies need too have better security.07/03/2015 - 2:57pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.gamespot.com/videos/the-point-destiny-the-hardcore-gamers-slot-machine/2300-6425852/ this is very good, and well researched.07/03/2015 - 12:41pm
InfophileOther features to become standard: The ability to remap controls however the hell I want. Quicksave at any time (especially for handheld and mobile games). Plus everything Andrew said07/03/2015 - 10:43am
InfophileRegion-freeing becomes tricky for games with a strong online component though, especially when the servers are run by different branches in different regions.07/03/2015 - 10:41am
InfophileI'm in favor of getting rid of region-locking for any purchased games. I can understand an exception for free, ad-supported games, as many ads are only relevant in certain regions, and it's a ridiculous hassle to get ads for all regions.07/03/2015 - 10:40am
PHX Corphttp://kotaku.com/payday-2-has-been-broken-on-xbox-one-for-three-weeks-1715384186 Payday 2 Has Been Broken On Xbox One For Three Weeks07/03/2015 - 8:44am
Matthew Wilsonhttps://www.reddit.com/r/OutOfTheLoop/comments/3bxduw/why_was_riama_along_with_a_number_of_other_large/ here is a more complete acount of whats going on.07/03/2015 - 1:32am
Matthew Wilsonredit is on fire right now. most subreddits have been set to private.07/03/2015 - 1:24am
MattsworknameYou know andrew, those are actualy rock solid ideas, I woudl like those features a bunch ,especially with games that a cut scene heavly. looking at you kojima!07/03/2015 - 1:18am
Andrew EisenActually, "things I'd like to see become standard in video games" ain't a bad idea for one of my future YouTube videos.07/03/2015 - 1:05am
 

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