As you know, now that I have a proper gaming rig I’m on the lookout for new exciting games to play. I had a blast playing Fallout 3, and I believe I will get many more hours out of this game. But I want to branch out and catch up on things that I have missed in the past. I tried composing a queue of interesting titles. One of the games I’ve been itching to try is Left 4 Dead. I mean, zombies! I love zombies.
But, I just know that with the sequel coming out soon I might as well wait until Valve drops the price. I’m checking steam every once in a while, and as soon as I see a sale, I’m totally getting it.
Other than that I’ve been looking at the following titles that sipped past me:
- Mass Effect
- Assasins Creed (I heard it blows though)
- Prince of Persia
- Farcry 2
- The Witcher (made by Polish people – need to check it out)
- Dark Messiah of Might and Magic
- Mount & Blade
- Mirror’s Edge (I heard it blows too)
- GTA3 (event though the DIAS game play will kill all the enjoyment of it)
Not necessarily in that order of course. These are just the titles that captured my interest in the past. Feel free to add your suggestions to this list – I’m sure I’m missing some great games here. Of course I’m not getting all of these games at once. This is sort of my game queue right now. Each time I get bored with a title, I would pick another one of this list.
Here is my dilemma though: should I really buy some of these titles? I mean, it’s a silly question, I know. But take my experience with Fallout 3 – I had to bend over backwards to actually get it running. When my brother saw me struggle with actually getting this game to run he was like “WTF dude, why didn’t you just pirate it. I’m sure you wouldn’t have this many problems with it”. And you know what? He is right.
I wanted to support Bethseda and bought the game legally. What did I get for that? A headache, and lots of frustration. And Fallout 3 is one of the least restrictive games out there. According to Bethesda it uses SecuRom only for the disk check or something. Still, every time I’m installing something new on my machine I have to think twice. Does this count as emulation software? Will it trigger SecuROM? Will it lock me out of my game? This is bullshit! I don’t want to go through this type of stuff with each new game. I don’t want to have to worry that some perfectly legal, application will suddenly break my game.
Now look at the two top positions on my list. Both Crysis and Bioshock use SecuROM in it’s super-restrictive mode, along with online activations and install limit. Seeing how I have both Demon Tools and Nero on my machine I don’t even think I will be able to install these titles. If you do some googling, you will see that thousands of people are having issues with these games. Nearly all of them are legitimate customers. You will never see a pirate complaining about SecuROM online. Do you know why? Because pirates never see it.
Can you see the irony of this situation? I have both the money and the inclination to go out and buy a bunch of new video games. What is stopping me is the concern that the anti-piracy measures used by them will cause me endless trouble and frustration. If I buy them, I may need to uninstall bunch of legal applications, install patches and search the web for workarounds.
I asked a friend who really enjoyed Crysis about the DRM issues. Surprisingly he had none, but that’s because he downloaded the game illegally. He said he considered buying it, but then he heard about all the problems and changed his mind. And unlike legitimate customers who pretty much just rent the game, he actually owns his illicit copies of Crysis and Bioshock. As long as he holds on to the disk images, he can install them on new machines.
So we are in a peculiar situation here where DRM is not only ineffective, but counter-productive. It has a directly opposite effect from the one desired. Instead of thwarting piracy, it is actually driving it.
Am I wrong about this? Have you played any of the games on the list? Did you have DRM issues? Or did you obtain DRM free copies and skipped this headache?
Also, please suggest other games that I should add to my queue. Preferably DRM free of course, but if something is really worth the frustration (or a frustration free download) then I’ll consider it as well.