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I was informed today (thanks, Avanze) that the latest patch for Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 adds an option to deactivate your install of the game, freeing up the activation to allow you to install it on another system. In case you weren’t already aware of the scandal surrounding the game’s draconian DRM implementation, to briefly explain: you can activate the game on up to five different systems, connecting to EA’s server in order to authenticate your copy every time you do so. Until the most recent patch, this then meant that, once you’d used up your five shots, you’d have to call EA’s pay-by-the-minute help line and plead to be allowed to install the game again (a process that, as you can no doubt imagine, appears to be considerably less than straightforward).

I’m not going to call this new solution perfect, because it doesn’t explain what you do in the event of a system crash (presumably you can’t de-authorise an installation if your hard drive has been wiped), and it also adds the hassle of having to remember to de-authorise your copy before formatting your hard drive or upgrading your system. Additionally, I’m still not happy at all about having to “talk” directly to EA’s servers in order to activate my copy. What happens if, ten years from now, I decide I want to install the game again and I find out that they’ve taken the activation servers offline? However, it’s definitely a step in the right direction, so much so that I’m now considering picking up a copy of the game - something I’ve wanted to do for a long time now. Watch this space.

In the meantime, I’m also very excited to check out the latest revamp of the venerable Prince of Persia series, unnecessarily confusingly named Prince of Persia. A post by “UbiRazz”, a representative of the game’s publisher, UbiSoft, contains the assertion that this title will ship without any DRM - which is somewhat surprising as it is out of line with the company’s current policy regarding copy protection on their PC releases. Still, the game looks so damn cool that I’ve decided to take the representative at his/her word and pick up a copy.

Note: the image above was created by Alfredo Daniel Rezinovsky and is available under a Creative Commons BY-SA 2.5 Argentina License.

 
Posted: Sunday, December 07, 2008 at 6:32 PM | Comments: 2
Categories: DRM | Games | Technology | Web

 
Comments

1.

curious if you've checked out the region 1 la femme nikita BD.
watched it last night and i thought it looked pretty nice, but i know your eye is more critical than mine.

Posted by: Daniel Sardella, December 8, 2008 4:16 PM

2.

Coincidentally, my copy arrived this morning. I’ve only had a chance to look at a few minutes of it, but a cursory glance suggests that it looks excellent, particularly by the notoriously inconsistent standards of catalogue releases. The fact that it carries the 2007 Gaumont logo at the start strongly indicates that it was minted from a very recent master rather than the usual “any old materials will do” approach taken by certain studios.

Posted by: Michael Mackenzie, December 8, 2008 4:18 PM

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