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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘DRM’

SimCity Can Finally Be Played Offline

Publisher EA this week finally released a patch for SimCity that allows the game to be played offline. The feature had been requested from gamers since the game’s troubled launch. SimCity players will now be greeted with a “Single-Player” option that can be chosen. Once selected, the option will allow players to boot up and play SimCity offline, no internet …

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A Friendly Reminder That You Actually Don’t Own Your Digital Content (Christmas Edition)

Here’s a scenario: It’s Christmas Eve and you’ve gathered the entire family around the TV to watch your favorite Christmas classic. You thought ahead and purchased the video through Amazon Instant Video just for this very occasion. Good thinking on your part, right? Unfortunately, all that good thinking is for naught as the video is not in your collection, and …

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SimCity Might Get An Offline Mode, Mod Support Is Coming

When SimCity launched earlier this year, it became the best example yet of why always-online DRM doesn’t work. The game suffered from inconsistent performance and random log outs as a result of the game’s requirement to always be online. At the time, EA insisted that the always online requirement was part of the game’s design, but the now the developers …

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DRM to be a Billion-Dollar Industry by 2018

As even mobile hardware has now improved beyond what average consumers might actually need on a daily basis, the emphasis on software has become more important in recent years. Add to this the ease with which content can be shared and businesses are now terrified of piracy, as the nearly constant battle over copyright laws demonstrates. This is despite the …

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Startup Invents 3D Printed Design DRM

DRM isn’t consumer friendly in the least, but it manages to weasel its way into pretty much every consumer application and good available. Now it has its sights set on 3D printing. Authentise, a start up focused on 3D printing, has announced a new DRM scheme called Sendshapes. It’s tagline is “Let them 3D print it. Once.” In other words, …

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Xbox One’s DRM Reversal Gets The NMA Treatment

Microsoft made the biggest about face in gaming history yesterday when it announced that it would be removing the previously announced restrictive DRM from the Xbox One. The Internet had plenty to say about the Xbox One supporting used games again, but any informed Internet opinion isn’t complete without our friends at NMA chiming in. Everybody’s favorite Taiwanese animation studio …

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The Xbox One Will Be Ditching Its DRM [Update: It’s Official]

UPDATE: Microsoft just updated its blog to share the new Xbox One policy going forward. Here it is: An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection …

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Microsoft: No Internet? Stick With Xbox 360.

Following Microsoft’s big Xbox One reveal three weeks ago, company executives began putting out contradicting and worrying statements about the new console’s DRM and used game policies. Microsoft has since confirmed many of the worst parts of the rumors. The company, determined not to let another such messaging fiasco take place, promptly cancelled all of its executives’ E3 interviews. One …

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You Can Buy Used Games On Xbox One, But There’s A Catch

Can you trade in Xbox One games? Can you play Xbox One games on a friend’s console? Will there be a fee to transfer games from one Xbox One to the other? All these questions and more have finally been answered. After weeks of conflicting reports out of Microsoft, the Redmond-based company released a document on Thursday that details how …

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The Next Xbox Will Still Work Without An Internet Connection

One of the more controversial rumors surrounding the next Xbox is that it would require an always online Internet connection. Some rumors even said that the next Xbox can only remain offline for three minutes before interrupting a game to troubleshoot the connection. Those concerned will be happy to know then that Microsoft won’t require an always online connection, at …

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Tor UK Finds That DRM May Not Be Necessary After All

DRM, or digital rights management, isn’t well-liked among consumers. More often than not, it punishes legitimate consumers while doing nothing to stop piracy. Most legacy content industries still insist that DRM is needed to stop piracy, but is it really needed? Last year, Tor Books UK went completely DRM free. At the time, the publisher said that it was removing …

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Netflix To Start Testing HTML5 Streaming This Year

Netflix made Samsung Chromebook owners happy last month when it brought instant streaming to Chrome OS through the power of HTML5. It was finally able to do so thanks to a few recent developments made to the Web standard. Now it’s ready to start moving all browsers to HTML5. In a post on its tech blog, Netflix says that its …

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