Good Old Games may have just opened a little can of worms with this latest statement about Digital Rights Management (DRM). It’s no secret that if you screw up DRM, and force gamers to do something they don’t like, they let people know about it, like Ubisoft and their DRM.
The people over at Good Old Games had this statement about DRM and how they feel about it.
What I will say isn’t popular in the gaming industry, but in my opinion DRM drives people to pirate games rather than prevent them from doing that. Would you rather spend $50 on a game that requires installing malware on your system, or to stay online all the time and crashes every time the connection goes down, or would you rather download a cracked version without all that hassle?
They have a very good point, if pirating games in order to actually play them is easier to install and play then the official release of the game. Of course people are going to go the easier road, even if it is not the most legal way of doing it.
If you see the news on gaming portals that a highly anticipated title has leaked before the release date, and you can download it from torrents without any copy protection because it has been already cracked, how can you possibly believe that DRM works in any way to reduce piracy?
DRM can be a double edged sword, on one hand companies want to protect their product, but if they go way overboard with the DRM system, people simply don’t buy the game. They go to the many places where they know they can get the game with no DRM, and actually play the game. Either way, DRM can be done right, and more companies need to find the right way to do DRM.