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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    Dan (another Dan), 30 Jan 2009 @ 8:43pm

    Re: For everyone who thinks this is DRM...

    The big issue here is not if this should be called DRM or not.

    The issue is, "Why is this code even in there??" It isn't necessary. PC games play just fine without Digital Certification. What exactly do they need to certify?

    If it's not DRM, tell me what exactly they need to certify. That it is genuine software? That would be DRM. To cerify ANYTHING implies management by definition.

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