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You know, I'm not sure if this is a reason to upgrade to Win10 or not.

Ok, actually for me personally it doesn't change anything - I'm still not thinking of upgrading to Windows 10 due to all the other things they're doing with it. The fact that I have no games that have SecuRom/etc means this doesn't affect me.

But for those gamers out there that swallowed the DRM in the effort to being legit/etc, this is essentially going to kill off a portion of their library unless they... download cracks that remove the disc-requirement. Or avoid Windows 10.
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So for the new generation of consoles, Microsoft offed itself from my list with it's new approach on using their gaming console to do everything your TV could already do, play some games, and spy on you. (Yes, yes, I know they're not wording it that way but that's what it feels like to everyone and their 'always on' approach.)

So The Xbone was not going to be added to my collection ever.

Ok, so that left the PS4 and the Wii U.

The PS4 is essentially doing everything the PS3 is doing with the only real change being them charging for multiplayer access. I don't multiplayer as a general rule, so it's not that big a deal. However they currently don't have any games that interest me. When the games start coming, I'll start reconsidering. I would like it to drop in price by 50 bucks or more anyway to be honest.

The Wii U I didn't really plan on getting. Tablet controller is just too 'ugh' for me. Forgetting everything else, I'm sure to just forget to check the tablet's screen while playing anyway. Much the way I'd never think to look down at the vmu's screen on the Dreamcast.

However, then came the E3 reveal for the new games! And for once, I felt interested and excited about Nintendo games for the first time in a long time. Particularly with the Hyrule Warriors and the new Zelda game due out by the end of the year.

However, this kills the Wii U for me again. Basically with the latest firmware update, which you know you'll likely get forced on you if you connect the Wii U to the internet, lacks a refusal button. Once the update is on your system, you must either agree to the changes to the legal agreement between you and Nintendo... or lose access to the 300 dollar console you've paid for, and of course all the 40-70 dollar games you've bought for it. Any attempt to play a game apparently will redirect to the update where you will be expected to agree to the changes.

Regardless of the content of the new EULA, FORCING it on your past customers is simply WRONG. And really any EULA that you must agree to post-purchase should be legally invalid. It's changing the deal after it's been done and sealed.

As a result of this, I'm simply cancelling my plans on Wii U purchases from now on. I'll probably miss the chance to finally play a Zelda game most people were waiting for for the last decade, but I'm cool with that. I still have a lot of things bought over the years to play. If anything I'll simply end up forgetting Nintendo even released it and nothing will have been lost - except the profit Nintendo would have made off of me. As I said, I'm cool with that.

Had they simply done what's normally expected - after all EULA updates, however wrong, are still not uncommon in the console world - and simply added a refusal option, with the ability to continue playing games and the like as it was prior to the update, I wouldn't have even had an issue and likely would simply agree anyway. But. I expect it to be MY choice to accept. And I expect the refusal to agree to NOT BRICK MY SYSTEM.

Let's face it, forcing someone to apply an upgrade is not a wise idea regardless. Nintendo in particular has already had one update on the Wii that ended up bricking unmodified systems. Nintendo still insists that the affected systems must have been modded, but I can't say I believe it. That's simple ass covering being done since otherwise they'd be forced to take full responsibility for it if it ever went to court.

So for the next generation of gaming, for me, it looks like it's all up to Sony. Sony is lucky that I'm willing to treat each of their major divisions as separate entities I guess or they would have been lost to me after the PS2 over the cd root kit scandal done by their music division.
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Here's one thing I don't understand.

Locked Save Files.

By this, I'm talking about the game saves you've created by playing your favorite games, and for some reason the publisher has decided that it wants to LOCK that save file with DRM such that you can't even transfer the damned thing to another console. This isn't even about locking it to your profile. (IE: Where you can transfer it over, but having to be logged in to your account to use it.)

The main culprit I'm referring to that's got me pissed off is Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires.

I'm sure there are plenty other examples of it, and there were other examples in my own save files but none that I'm remembering off the top of my head.

Not entirely sure how much this pisses me off yet, given that if I move the game to my second ps3 (like I'm doing) then I have to start over from scratch.

If I get around to reviewing games on my site, this will probably count as a red mark.
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And apparently it's glorified spyware EA is intending to use for advertising purposes and the like.

I don't know why they're saying "may be" in their summary based on what the EULA for origin states and what the program actually does. (apparently digs around your harddrive to find out what you're doing, etc, then relays that to the Master EA)

The odds of me giving Origin a chance was maaaaaybe 0.000000000000001%. Keep in mind my chances of giving Steam a chance are 0.0001%. Both are still DRM regardless of how they do it, and I'll have neither. But adding this kind of thing to your program, and trying to force feed it to your customers by making sure they HAVE to use it to play your games, drops that percentage down to 0.

And it will stay there even if the predictable eula change and program update comes along to calm the sheep. Mainly because EA does strike me as the type of company that will leave that "this eula may be changed at any time without notice to the user." clause in there and then re-insert their advertising spyware portion once they feel nobody is looking - hoping that nobody will call them on it the next time around. And if so, try it again, then again, then again.
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As shown on slashdot:

Ubisoft DRM Causing More Problems

I'm starting to wonder if I should keep a list of what games are using this online DRM shit, although it's far too easy to just say to hell with all of it. This time it's Settlers 7.

Want to know what the next gen consoles are probably going to require? :P

Sadly, I can see it happening.
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Anyone playing Assassin Creed II on the PC this weekend? If so, odds are you're playing the cracked version since it seems Ubisoft's new drm system broke down with the natural result of locking out paying customers. :)

For the paying customers, while you're waiting for them to get their server fixed and running so you can play your offline game, why not go play a MMORPG?

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