Thursday, November 11, 2010

Digital rights management (DRM)

It's been a while since my last post seeing as I've been rather busy lately.. But here's another stage of the security posts - DRM.

Basicly DRM technologies is used in some cases to limit the amount of times a user can install his game on seperate computers (usually limited to 5). Now this causes a whole lot of problems in and of itself, seeing as if you format your harddrive, get some new hardware or uninstall the game to find out you want to play it again later, you'd have problems! This limits the end user quite a bit and has been seeing a lot of critic from a lot of people. Spore was especially in the spotlight of this rage amongst the users, and it not really being used as much now adays anymore. Instead we're seeing Ubisoft's DRM system enter the light - also explained in the last post (as it is in fact a merge of the 2 parts). As previously mentioned, Ubisoft simple had parts of their game stored on a server meaning cracking it took a long time.

DRM technology is not only used for games, but also E-books, music, films and a lot of other digital things. There is also a DRM system called "DRM-X" which requires you to use special software to access the file. This system has however not been implemented in any of the modern games I've seen so far and I think it's mostly used for E-books.

44 comments:

  1. I hate those DRM had so many problems when i had to install spore and now i can't play it anymore...and then big concerns ask why players prefer cracked games lol...

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  2. good info, will look forward to the next one

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  3. I have never heard of DRM, seems interesting.

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  4. this one piqued my interest the most

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  5. this is a good follow up to your last post

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  6. nice, I'm looking forward to the next one

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  7. yeah the restrictions really suck

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  8. such a great read! love ur blog :)

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  9. that's a unique perspective on it

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  10. erm, DMR-X the name sounds like some awesome game or something :P

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  11. DRM usually just messes with the end user. All the games end up cracked anyway, they might as well stop harassing us legitimate consumers.

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