DISCLAIMER: Before people start accusing me of being anti-DRM, I just want to say for the record that I'm opposed to DRM which excessively restricts the games I pay for. I'll elaborate on this later on, but I figured it'd be good to get this out of the way now.
I figured out why Arkham Asylum wasn't working. The game installer had uninstalled my graphics drivers. How and why that happened are beyond me. I don't know anymore, and I don't care to. Anyways, on with the rant.
|Learning opportunity? Why not?|
This is a great way to deal with pirates. It doesn't affect the legitimate users, and the people who don't buy legit find themselves with a nice little "surprise" when they try and play their game. People who cracked the Half-Life 2 game "Garry's Mod" had an error message show up after a patch update, and they flocked to the support forums en masse to get assistance. This error message was placed deliberately, and the ne'er-do-wells got banned from steam entirely. A little bit of clever genius goes a long way.
While I'm on that thought, Steam is one of a handful of companies that do DRM well. Valve has made Steam's DRM as painless as possible, from my experience. After you've activated a game online with steam, you don't need to be online after that. For recent games, you can store your save files online and take them with you wherever you go. If you're at a cyber cafe and you want to play one of your games, all you have to do is sign in to Steam, let it verify that the game is installed (if it isn't, it'll download it for you), and then you can pick up where you left off. This is awesome stuff. I really wish more developers did this in similar fashion. Otherwise you end up with nightmares like Assassin's Creed 2.
|This game would be much more fun if you could play uninterrupted...|
Second, the attack made the cracked copies of the game all the more appealing. "Hey, are you unable to play that game you spent sixty bucks on? You could have just downloaded the cracked version. Works even better than the store bought game!" When the illegal versions are more appealing to your potentially legitimate customers, they are most likely going to go for the illegal stuff. Some people just don't want to deal with hassle. Treating every legitimate customer like a thief is a good way to lose customers.
Okay, I think I've made enough waves with this rant, see you next time.