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DRM free and CD Projekt Red announcements

Yesterday I talked a bit about CD Projekt Red and mentioned that they had a few things to announce today. So I watched the stream today and here’s what they got:  The Witcher: Enhanced Edition is now available for Mac on steam for 9.99€. All owners of The Witcher 2 (physical copy or steam) now have a back up copy on GOG.com, which I thought was kinda nice. Their last announcement was about The Witcher comic which will be available as an interactive digital comic available April 17th on iOS for FREE.

As for GOG.com “Good Old Games“, they announced that they are offering the original Fallout for FREE. They also announced the start of bringing in new titles and indie titles in addition to the classic games they already offer, Starting with a promo offer on Assassin’s Creed and Heroes V (Links in Special Offers page at the top). All these games will be DRM free, which makes me want to talk about DRM and what publishers are doing to “protect” their property.

What is GOG.com

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First let me just get this out of the way.I think pretty much everyone can agree that DRM sucks. We saw it on audio CDs and iTunes..etc. years ago and I think we were all happy that ended. Bad news was that they moved on to games… we’ve seen software like SecuROM  using online activation and limiting the number of product activation on different machines. Lots of publishers are moving towards requiring online activation and in some cases requiring the player to remain online while playing with loss of connection kicking you out of the game. Blizzard Tie all their games to Battle.net and even though there was some uproar about Diablo III requiring a constant connection, that died out pretty quickly (Blizzard explained that it was to ensure no cheating/duping) . Ubisoft are using Uplay and EA are pushing Origin and even Steam is kind of annoying when it comes to playing offline.

While all of this isn’t gonna stop us from doing whatever we have to do to play the games we love, it’s a shame that publishers are making legitimate customers jump through so many hoops and limiting their rights when it comes to owning a game. Used to be that buying a game meant you could play it on your machine, take it over to a friend’s place and play it, let them borrow it and just do whatever you wanted. Thats why I like what GOG are doing. They give you the game DRM free, you can install it wherever you want as much as you want, the prices are decent and they bundle the games with extra stuff like soundtracks, artwork and so on. not to mention the free games you get when you first sign-up (some classic goodies).

Here’s hoping we see less corporate greed and more faith in honest gamers. I’m out!

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Witcher Devs showing lots of good will

With The Witcher 2 :Assassin’s of Kings “Enhanced Edition” (wow that’s a mouth full) coming out on April 17th, I can’t help but think of the reasons why I seem to feel a lot of loyalty towards CD Projekt Red. Aside from the fact that I loved everything about The Witcher 2, I believe that the fact that the developer continues to show so much good will towards it’s customers is what inspires this loyalty.

While many companies try to fight piracy using ineffective methods, CD Projekt Red announce that they will never again use DRM. The reason they state being that they feel that it doesn’t protect the game and causes complications for legitimate users.  I also love that when patching The Witcher 2 they added an arena mode, and with the release of the enhanced edition they are adding more cinematics, locations, characters and quests to the game (around 4 hours of content). Notice that they’re not calling it DLC and charging people for it. quite nice right?

Apparently CD Projekt Red are going to give away “a legendary PC RPG” for free on GOG.com tomorrow, which is also when they’re having their spring conference. From what I understood from this article, this will be available for anyone who already owns The Witcher 2 on PC or anyone who buys it in the future. I’ll update tomorrow when I know more.

Thumbs up CD Projekt Red for being good to their fans. For now check out this cool video, and go get the game 🙂 I’m out!