Are you a pirate?

drm-burn-in-hell-729666.jpgI was going to promote Shamus Young‘s webcomic Chainmail Bikini but it appears he’s no longer going to continue it.  Pity.

I will mention though that he has a pair of interesting articles posted about his take on Video Game Piracy and Digital Rights Management that may be of interest.  He even takes a shot at Penny Arcade’s new game,
On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness
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I don’t run into the problem of re-registering my games that much.  The computer I have at home is fairly old and most of the games I play came out when DRM hadn’t been created as a anti-piracy program.  I think the newest game I play is Morrowind and that came out in 2002. (I do have Oblivion but I know my system can’t handle the graphics. Maybe in a few years.) I’m still going through the old Dungeon and Dragon’s Gold Box games from way back when and those sit on my flash drive.  I have to type in a CD key when I install something but I don’t mind doing that.

One comment that bothers me is how some folks who have purchased the game have to obtain a crack just to get around the security program.  I had that issue way back when when CD games first came out. (Trying to remember what game it was.  Maybe Pizza Tycoon?) I had a CD burner in that computer at the time and the game saw it and refused to play.

edit: Oh, forgot to mention that Mr. Young also did a Lord of the Rings Photoshop’ed webcomic called DM of the Rings.  It’s finished now but it’s a good read.  I wonder if he’ll start a new one of the Hobbit.

Image from here.

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