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December 22, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

EA is putting its games on Valve’s content platform, Steam, sans game specific DRM. This is, I think, the right way to go. As far as software goes, I’m not inexorable opposed to DRM. DRM on music is another matter, since it limits my ability to play what I paid for when and where I choose, with no benefit to me. Software is different, in that I’m already pretty limited. EA’s chosen DRM makes those limits worse – only allowing a few installs. On the other hand, with Steam, you get a DRM solution that’s less intrusive and gives you the ability to download and install the game anywhere as many times as you want. Plus, the game is integrated into Steam’s community features, which is nice. That’s really the bottom line: with Steam you trade some freedom for some nice benefits. With other solutions, you trade freedom for nothing. Steam isn’t perfect and you may not be willing to make that trade-off, but I am and I think it’s a reasonable compromise.

This is dumb. I can’t even remember the newer TLDs, let alone the gazillion new ones ICANN’s proposal will allow. In related news, I can buy speedkill.com for $2,788. Anyone want to start a fund?

I don’t know, I just don’t think PC culture, Dennis Kucinich, and Russian adventurism are going to be a windfall for Republicans in 2010.

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