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Up until a few weeks ago, the last PC game I purchased và didn’t pirate was Team Fortress 2 via the digital download service, Steam. The last PC game I purchased in a retail box was Half Life 2. Yet like many, I’ve sầu still managed lớn play every PC hit over the last decade. I simply couldn’t justify spending $50 on a game when pirating offers so many real benefits verses owning a legit copy.

Part of my motivation was that it’s just so damn easy lớn pirate a game. It’s like three clicks of the mouse khổng lồ tải về a torrent và even less on Usernet. The files download as fast as my cable modem allows & I have the full game with simple cracking instructions a few minutes later. Why in the world would I want to drive sầu lớn a store & give them $50 for the same thing?

Actually, I can answer that. Besides the moral issue of stealing, the primary reason people buy games retail is for the multiplayer modes. Most pirated games vị not allow for multiplayer as the game often has khổng lồ connect to lớn an official server where its legitimacy can easily be verified by some sort of authentication service. So while I played through Modern Warfare 2’s single player mode twice, I haven’t seen one minute of the mutliplayer mode.

Those of us that tải về games underst& this limitation. But for the most part it’s not a huge deal as great games are coming out at such a rapid pace. As soon as I finished my first time through MW2, Battlefield Bad Company 2 was released. Perfect timing. Sometimes we get lucky và games like Borderlands và the original Modern Warfare have an online mutliplayer mode that plays nicely with cracked versions, but that’s getting somewhat rare.

So in a way the main reason I was pirating games was that I was lazy and there wasn’t a service that catered khổng lồ me. Either buying a game retail from Amazon required me lớn wait for it khổng lồ ship or I had to drive to Best Buy. Once I own the game I can’t ever đại bại the CD key or it would be worthless. And the worst excuse is that it required me to lớn have sầu a DVD-ROM in all of my computers just lớn install these games. That’s silly. What the world needed was a service where I could buy a game once & never have sầu lớn worry about losing the physical media or my rights to play it ever again.

Steam. That is what Steam is all about & I was completely ignoring it for years even though it was on most of my PCs so I could play Team Fortress 2. Steam is khổng lồ games as iTunes is khổng lồ music. Both platforms make a strong case for digital rights management and purchasing media, but I believe sầu Steams’s case is a bit stronger.

Valve sầu, the makers of Half-Life, released the digital download service baông xã in 2003. Nearly every major game publisher has distribution via the platform now. Gamers can easily browse, purchase, and enjoy PC games with the service even though DRM is a central part of the ecosystem.

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Digital Rights Management is a curse word around the Internet. It’s not that most people want khổng lồ take money away from the developers and engineers that worked day and night for years. No, but rather most DRM schemes are obtrusive sầu and get in the way of actually enjoying the game — or music, ebooks, or movies.

Look at Ubisoft. In order khổng lồ counter piracy, they require all their games lớn have a constant internet connection. This means you’re SOL if your Internet drops or you wanna play a game on an airplane. Craziness. It’s this sort of scheme that forces people lớn pirate games.

Steam’s system wasn’t always so nice. In fact, its offline mode wasn’t all that great in the early days. Even now sometimes the online service goes offline, stripping all the logging and extra features out of some games. But it’s the benefits that keeps it relevant và why I started actually started purchasing games through it.

I already established I’m lazy. Steam understands that’s the norm for most gamers. That’s why Steam makes it so damn easy to lớn buy games. There are top sellers lists, coming soon lists, kiểm tra lists, & best of all, legit sales và free-play weekends. I have sầu spent over $50 during Steam’s summer sale on old random games just because it’s so easy & novel. (Today, July 5th, is the last day, btw) There are so many different ways for me khổng lồ easily buy a game on Steam that’s detrimental khổng lồ my checking trương mục. Once I cliông chồng the purchase button, Steam gives me the option khổng lồ start the install process right away & I know that I will be able lớn install this game on any computer in the future thanks lớn the library mode. That’s big.

Then there’s built-in friends lists, achievements, easy installs on other machines, & so much more features that justifies Steam’s DRM. Simply put, there are more advantages to lớn use Steam than there are DRM disadvantages. That’s the way it should be.

The movie industry really should look khổng lồ Steam for guidance. The ecosystem could very easily be applied khổng lồ purchasing movies as well.

One redditer made a graphic showing the pains of current movie DRM. It’s crazy the steps required to use one of these legal downloaded movies. Even experienced nerds have trouble with it. How vị these companies expect novice computer users to “vì the right thing?”

DRM schemes hate your freedom. They don’t want you to lớn be able to lớn travel abroad or enjoy your nội dung on any system you want. That doesn’t really describe Steam, though, so at least one company is showing the whole industry how it should be done. I know it has converted this former pirate inkhổng lồ a honest-to-goodness purchaser of digital goods.

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