Video games still suffer from copyright culture rot

Posted by | December 2, 2009

This on the heels of a discussion with our kaywngstiad about how we would both pirate our own already owned content (DVDs) in a form we could actually access if our computers continued to keep telling us we cannot play them. The video game community still suffers under stupid Digital Rights Management mechanisms which are defective by design and only serve to drive otherwise honest players away from honestly buying and playing games.

Who the hell wants content that cannot be accessed? If you want me to pay $50 for a game, it better be playable as many places as I want. Every fewer place lowers its value for me. A game I can only play on one machine ever is worth 1/10th as much. Sure, I’ll buy it for $5. Otherwise, why should I bother?

Using Lawrence Lessig’s book Free Culture as quasi-