We all can recall the issues Digital Rights Management (DRM) has caused in the past regarding games like Spore and Sims 3. Now, we’re seeing a new dispute wise. If Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s new $60 price and lack of dedicated servers wasn’t enough to get the PC crowd fired up, this new news might be enough to make them explode.
Activision currently has a policy regarding their games being sold via digital copies: mandatory installation of Valve’s Steamworks. What this means is that each copy must be installed on your PC which enables Activision to use DRM and other standard save-data management.
So what’s the problem you ask? Well the conflict doesn’t arise from the customer base. Surprisingly, these outcries are being screamed on the top of the lungs’ of the retailers. Direct2Drive, IGN’s digital distribution site, has stated that they are refusing to sell copies of Modern Warfare 2 due to the fact Activision is making DRM mandatory.
“We don’t believe games should force the user to install a Trojan Horse,” stated Direct2Drive. The retailer has also had previous disagreements with Steam earlier in the year. They have started to publishers that they will not be selling games bundled with Steam’s storefront until Valve agrees to stand against DRM and similar forced features.
While I admire Direct2Drive for standing in what they believe in, a part of me cannot help but feel that they are beginning to dig their own grave by handing Steam a monopoly…
After all, while people might hate and bitch about DRM, if only one place has it available, people will buy it.