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In light of Ubisoft’s [URL=http://www.gamepolitics.com/2010/01/28/ubisoft-drm-phone-home]recent unveiling[/URL] of its new digital rights management (DRM) technology, [URL=http://savygamer.co.uk/2010/02/01/digital-rights-and-wrongs-the-state-of-drm/]Savy Gamer asked a variety of game industry people[/URL] for their take on the current state of DRM.

The responses were varied, and shockingly, seemed to be formulated based upon what role the person in question has within the game industry.

[URL=http://www.tiga.org/]TIGA[/URL] CEO Richard Wilson on DRM and game packaging:

[INDENT]I think that it should be made absolutely clear on the packaging if games require constant internet connection. In time, this will probably be the case.

The PC games market will probably come to depend on this type of technology. Most consumers will probably not find this to be a problem but clearly they should be properly informed before purchasing a game.

[/INDENT]Wilson when asked if publishers should make some concessions to consumers regarding the fact that DRM makes games difficult or impossible to resell:

[INDENT]No. It is not the responsibility of publishers to sustain a secondary market in games. In fact, some game developers believe that their businesses have been damaged by the secondary market in games.

[/INDENT][URL=http://www.direct2drive.co.uk/]Direct2Drive UK[/URL] Product Marketing Manager Nihal de Silva noted that his service is “DRM agnostic” and was “happy to work with publishers/developers whose products carry DRM as well as those with DRM free products.”

de Silva was asked if he thought customers would be happy with Ubisoft’s new DRM initiative. He replied, “no comment.”

Developer Cliff Harris of [URL=http://positech.co.uk/]Positech Games[/URL], which releases DRM-free games, was asked if he thought a lack of DRM contributed to piracy of Positech games:

[INDENT]I don’t think it has made much difference at all. Maybe a few of the more honest people now buy the game rather than pirate it, but this sort of thing is impossible to measure.

It seems any game, even if its $0.99 has a five hour demo and is DRM-free and done by a nobel-peace prize winning game design legend, will be cracked and distributed on day one by some self righteous teenager anyway.

[/INDENT][URL=http://www.star-force.com/]StarForce[/URL]’s Deputy Marketing Director Dmitry Guseff was asked how long it typically takes a cracker to bypass StarForce’s DRM technology:

[INDENT]If we take huge titles like “STALKER Clear Sky”, it took them 3 weeks to bypass which is very good result for AAA class game. For example “Mount and Blade” is still holding since the beginning of December.

So, basically AAA titles hold around a month, less important titles much longer. I have to add that if we hadn’t implemented some consumer friendly features those titles would have been held much longer.

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