The devs of Conan Exiles upload the game to Steam without any protection

Conan Exiles debuted on Steam earlier this week and very quickly ended up cracked and pirated. It was supposed to be secured by Denuvo, the famous anti-piracy software that took a while to crack. Except that it wasn't. The game developer Funcom says that this was entirely an employee error, somebody uploaded the game without any protection to Steam. "Denuvo was temporarily removed due to an error in the build process." Conan…

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The Witcher 3 sold almost 10 million copies worldwide!

CD Projekt RED’s CEO, Marcin Iwiński revealed during infoShare 2016 that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has sold nearly 10 million copies worldwide! Here is what Marcin said: “We were totally overwhelmed because, honestly, we were not expecting such a degree of success. But sales-wise, The Witcher series has sold over 20 million worldwide, out of which almost half of it is from The Witcher 3. So we practically doubled the…

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Maxis insider: SimCity servers not necessary!

SimCity

As you all know SimCity have suffered massive server issues since launch.
While players have been begging for an offline mode, EA representatives have been abundantly clear that this simply isn’t possible. Maxis’ studio head, Lucy Bradshaw, has told both Polygon and Kotaku that they “offload a significant amount of the calculations to our servers”, and that it would take “a significant amount of engineering work from our team to rewrite the game” for single player.

A SimCity developer has got in touch with RPS to tell them that at least the first of these statements is not true. He claimed that the server is not handling calculations for non-social aspects of running the game, and that engineering a single-player mode would require minimal effort.

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PlayStation 4 officially announced

Check out the stream of what they are showing here. So far no optical drive announced, couple of cool features like DDR5 RAM on board (for system and graphics, shared) 8GB which is enough for the current games. They showed the new Killzone, inFAMOUS and a few more. The system UI looks slick, you can stream games to your friends, record them on the fly and the new Dualshock 4…

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Ubisoft Scrapping Always-On DRM For PC Games

In an interview on RPS today, Ubisoft tells us that they will no longer use their controversial “always-on” DRM. In fact, they quietly scrapped it months ago, but haven’t made that official until now. In what is a really remarkable turnaround, the publisher pledges that from now on they will only require a single online activation after installing, with no activation limits, nor limits on how many PCs it may…

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Uplay as vessel for malicious software

I usually like titles with a pun or something on those lines, attempting to find a funny side even in a disaster. Not this time. Not when the threat is so dangerous and imminent. According to this article there's a huge hole in Uplay's browsers plugin which lets anybody run potentially anything on the victim's computer. I haven't tested it personally having never installed Ubisoft's Uplay and never planned to…

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Apple DRM update breaks apps

  Simple as that: the latest FairPlay* update made several different apps impossible to use. Also, first help from Apple, "delete, reinstall and it will work fine", was of no use.   Has the problem been tracked down? Solved maybe? I don't care. The money I spend always works, never needs a patch or an authentication to be used. Once again, a DRM does nothing but getting in the way…

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Ubisoft’s idiotic DRM strikes again!

If you were planning to buy Anno 2070, you should know that it is limited to only 3 activations and if you replace your, say, graphics card more than thrice, you can say goodbye to the game. What exactly is Ubisoft’s thought process behind such a strategy for the PC market? Yes, we know they have been talking about how piracy is rampant, and how almost “95% of the PC…

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Origin to power Wii U online

Electronic Arts is helping Nintendo in development of the Wii Uonline service, according to reports, and is bidding to make its Origin service a key part of the upcoming console's online offering. According to an EA intern, speaking to WiiUGo, the console's online service will offer voice and video chat, leaderboards and friends lists. Nintendo has previously said its approach to Wii U online will be "much more flexible," which…

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Capcom tries to kill used video game sales with the one-save game

The punishing legal users seem never to stop. This is another idiotic idea how to piss off users who really buy games. Introducing – one save per game! Only one play through, one save. Want to play one more time? Go and buy new one! Praise the Capcom gods! Fortunately it applies currently only to Nintendo 3DS game Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D.   Read more here: Buying used video games…

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Non-steam Dragon Age II PC DRM has online check

Sad news, all non-Steam versions of Dragon Age II on PC will require an online check "after a select period of days".  But how many days you'll be allowed to play offline before being locked out, BioWare hasn't decided. "We'll have more info on this closer to release," posted BioWare producer Fernando Melo on the official forums. "Not trying to avoid the question, we honestly have not settled on this…

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R.U.S.E. will not utilize Ubisoft PC DRM

Good news, the PC version of R.U.S.E. will not use Ubisoft's 24/7 always online DRM, instead it will use Steamworks. Aymeric Evennou, Ubisoft senior community developer, stated on the official R.U.S.E. forums: "When R.U.S.E. is released in September, it will benefit from Valve’s Steamworks API to offer the best community experience to players. Consequently, a Steam account and Internet connection will be required to activate the game, as per Steam policy.…

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In Brazil, users can break the DRM

Brazil just changed it’s approach to DRM. Under the law recently passed the content provider may not use mechanisms to block access to files, which you can dispose by so-called fair use. The rules in Brazil are very different from the rules applicable in such countries like the USA. Americans in contrast to the Brazilians may be convicted for breaching security each time in some way to circumvent the DRM…

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