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Its nice to see the ECA stick up for the consumer on this ground, if you want to add DRM/Online protection into a game at least have the balls to document it and warn users of their limited rights, like the DO NOT lend warning on the Bioshock disc, or the surprise install limit and online activation oh wait the ECA is not standing up for consumer rights on this ignorance remains bliss even if its hidden registry entries that are a hairs breath from a rootkit that could damage your PC, it would be nice to have the ECA make a middle of the road statement that publishers can put whatever harmful or annoying protection scheme on a game as long as they document the damn thing beyond begin a hidden feature in the install process or vague statements "online required"...

On another note WTF is up with buggy games its one thing to have some issues but bombing a game back 4 years ago(though low settings) to make it run or toy with your 360 configuration to get it to run properly, theres a mini storm brewing over the bugs in bioshock I have even heard a few [B]rumors[/B] of EB and GS exchanging the damn thing just to get consuemrs to shut up and 2K is more tight lipped about it than the big daddies that star in the game, they wont even list what fixes are on the way.

After ubi soft a stable and well know dev/pub house dropped support(patches) for Dark messiah is times like this I regret every bit of buying poorly bug worked games I swear I would have been better off gettign the cracked version and saving money and frustration(mostly because cracked stuff either run or not :P).

My point with this is I would like the ECA to nudge the industry with a nice article over the industry treating gamers like sht the hidden stuff in protections that are not installed with the game, documentation in the manual about the online activation that or a heads up so the consumer can make a informed choice to delay launch activation issues and saying online is required is not enough, steam is the current online activation king if bioshock was on steam I would skip the game altogether I dislike the data gathering and other things steam dose so I boycott the product 150%.

Sure some of my concerns are OTT but still some are normal consumer issues the ECA is slacking on.

Hall put a fire under it already,a middle ground would help the indutry sale more games if the status quo contenuies it will just gain more and more disenfranchised consuemrs.

PS:undocumented online activation would be the install token system.


Ah modern gaming its like modern film only the watering down of fiction and characters is replaced with shallow and watered down mechanics, gimmicks and shiny-er "people".
Incoherence is my friend and grammar my bane, which is the fulcrum of suffering I place upon others!:ZippyDSMlee

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