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Mass Effect for PC: Why do people hate DRM?

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350w ago - Bioware's highly acclaimed and formerly XBox 360 exclusive RPG Mass Effect is fast approaching its release on the PC. Most PC gamers were undoubtedly pleased to hear about enhanced graphics, faster load times, and a re-designed menu system; but it's likely that fewer were happy to hear about the evil digital rights management that will be unscrupulously bundled with the game.

Like an increasing number of PC games nowadays, Mass Effect will require an online activation when it is installed. This has been common practice ever since Half-Life 2. But Mass Effect will also "phone home" every 10 days to make sure the key is valid, and it will carry a three-install limit. This has set many message boards afire with rants about "draconian" DRM and people threatening to pirate the game precisely because of the DRM.

It's times like this that I wonder why people are so adamantly opposed to DRM. It's worth noting that piracy came first; if people didn't steal their games, there would be no need for DRM. But the argument is something like this: the game will be pirated anyway, and DRM just inconveniences those who legitimately purchased their game.

But let's shift gears for a moment. The music industry has been similarly ravaged by piracy. It's easy enough to avoid any DRM simply by purchasing a CD. But...
 

USB/Mass storage device lister released for Wii

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351w ago - SVPE has released some early code which enables the reading of some FAT 16 devices via the Wii's USB port.

It's very early and probably bug ridden so use at your own risk!

Check it out linked above.
 

Bring Down the Sky DLC free for PC Mass Effect

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353w ago - BioWare has announced that Bring Down the Sky, the first piece of downloadable content for the hit video game Mass Effect, will be available for PC gamers to download free of charge when the game launches on May 28 in North America and June 6 across Europe.

In Bring Down the Sky it's up to Commander Shepard and the crew of the Normandy to save the day after a Batarian extremist group hijacks a mobile asteroid station in the Asgard system, setting it on a collision course with the nearby colony world of Terra Nova.

The "fully optimized for the PC" Bring Down the Sky is the first in a series of planned DLC that will expand the Mass Effect story and universe.

In order to access the DLC PC Mass Effect players will need to register on the BioWare community.
 

OPM UK Rumor: Mass Effect heading to PS3!

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357w ago - The latest edition of OPM UK has posted up a variety of rumors concerning the PlayStation format.

On the list God of War III won't be released until Xmas 09, Capcom is developing Dead Rising 2 for the PS3 too, Mass Effect and its sequels are heading to the PS3 and Netflix will allow for movie downloads straight to the PS3.

To quote:

- God Of War III is along way off, won't be released until xmas 09
- The BBC reckons sony has an amazing secret game in the works for 2009
- Capcom is developing Dead Rising 2 for mulitple platforms including PS3
- Team ICO's new game has links to Norse myths
- Mass Effect and its Sequels will come to PS3
- Sony already has a in-game version of PS3's XMB up and running
- Netflix will soon offer movie downloads straight to your PS3
 

Mass Effect (360) Officially Coming to PC in May!

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363w ago - Re-designed for the PC, Mass Effect invites players to take the role of Commander Shepard as they set out on an adventure to save the galaxy from imminent destruction. Wrought with treachery, heroism, difficult decisions and a universe filled with unique and colorful species, Mass Effect delivers a truly compelling storyline.

Optimized for the PC, Mass Effect for the PC incorporates the following features:

Optimized controls designed specifically for the PC.
High resolution visuals - Mass Effect for the PC features highly detailed textures, characters and environments.
Fully customizable controls - PC gamers can re-map the control scheme any way they like.

Run & Gun Control - Players can assign biotic powers or skills to 'hot keys' allowing them to play Mass Effect with a heavier focus on action.
New decryption mini-game.
New inventory screen GUI and functionality - The enhanced inventory system makes it easier for players to equip and modify their weapons and armor.

"Mass Effect serves as a powerful example of video games as an art form, delivering new levels of emotional intensity, realistic characters and a gripping storyline - all set in a compelling new universe," said Ray Muzyka, General Manager, BioWare and Vice President, Electronic...
 
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