Gears Of War DRM Makes It Unplayable As Of Yesterday

from the drm-in-effect dept

It's almost getting silly to post these examples, but it's yet another reminder of how much damage DRM can do to legitimate customers. The latest victims? Purchasers of the PC version of Gears of War. Paul Brinker points us to the news that due to a digital certificate expiring, PC players of the game have discovered that it no longer works. The only solution? Set your PC clock back to a date prior to January 29th, 2009. Once again, it's a scenario where the DRM did nothing, at all, to stop piracy -- but did plenty to annoy legitimate customers.

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    Anonymous Coward, 30 Jan 2009 @ 10:29am

    This has EVERYthing to do with DRM. The fact that a company plants code in a product you purchased that will break it and make it unusable is appalling. I don't understand why there isn't a consumer protection law against this practice. What if your microwave stops working after X amount of meals heated, or Y number of times its been unplugged from the wall? What about your car? How would you like to get stranded on the side of the road because the car manufacture had a built-in device to disable it if they found out you had bought the car second-hand? I for one would be quite angry.

    We get upset when we hear terms like 'planned obsolescence', in other words, engineering in a way to make the product fail after to long in order to get customers to buy the product again... why aren't more people up in arms about this obviously morally reprehensible practice of adding a 'self destruct' mechanism to your legally purchased products?

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