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22 May 2012 @ 07:13 pm
Chewing Through The Leather Straps  
Thanks to SlickDeals.net, I found that Amazon had the download of Bioshock 1&2 for $7.50 (that's for the pair, nice). I loved BS1 and never played BS2, so figured this was a good time to snag them. As it was my day off, i got the downloads going and installed.

Here, the story falls apart.

Install BS1. Go to fire it up, it takes a very long time to boot and then the menu screen has no mouse response. Needless to say, this annoys me. Screw around with everything I can think of, find, and look up, nothing. Decide I'll get 2 downloaded and installed and deal with it all at once. 2 downloads...and then the installer fails. OK, now I'm really mad. Go to reboot...and find that the downloader for 1 is still in the background, somewhere. Hmm...get that cleared, BS1 works fine. OK, victory one.

So, to work on 2. Nothing makes this run...until I ignore what it's trying to fire up and fire up a different file in the folder...installs fine. Eh? Well, no complaints. OK, now the REALLY fun part, the DRM bullshit. This is 2KGames, so that means SecureROM...*sigh* OK, OK, gimme...yes, here's my serial number, connect to your goddamn server and allow me to play the thing I've legally bought. All things check out, game should be activated...failed? Why? No god-damned reason. try again...and again. nothing. Manually? OK, i have all the numbers. Go to the proper site, put it all in, get the unlock code, apply to install...nothing AGAIN. Ready to go set 2KGames on fire, i try the auto-activate...and it works.

My head hurts, I'm hot and uncomfortable, and somewhat unhappy in general and what not....and then this. I'm glad it all works now, and I look forward to playing (hopefully), but man, this is just bullshit. These companies need to figure out that one reason people pirate software is due to these heavy-handed security measures. When you treat your customers like you're doing them a favor and like they are a bunch of scum, it only promotes the piracy. Look at DVD piracy: would you rather pop in the movie and have it start at the click of your button, or the "legal copy" way of having to sit through the FBI and InterPol warnings, the overdone animated menu, the ad for BluRay, a commercial, some trailers, and then all the logos for the production house, the distribution house, Dolby, etc.? Same with games. We'd rather be able to PLAY THE FUCKING THING than have to jump through a bunch of hoops...and the only ones that do have to go through this shit are the ones who bought it legally.

Make it worthwhile (and not overpriced!), and people will buy it. Pirates will always exist...and your security measures only make them more likely to stay in business.

(In unrelated news, while I cannot talk about the Secret World beta, I can say that I have now managed to get my guy through the first 'dungeon' instance. Tough but doable with a good team, and gorgeous.)
 
 
 
Staxstaxxy on May 22nd, 2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
I love the bioshock games, but anything that is cross-platform I have found I do NOT enjoy on the "not original" platform. So bioshock games are console for me. Most of the problems I have seen with this game series are all about desktop. Bah humbug.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Spectrearchmage on May 23rd, 2012 12:24 am (UTC)
See, when it comes to FPS games, I much prefer PC. I have better control with keyboard and mouse than I ever can have with a little controller.
Staxstaxxy on May 23rd, 2012 12:29 am (UTC)
I mostly do not play FPS - Bioshock and Halo being the two exception franchises. I like a much larger screen for those than a monitor. ;)
freyisfreyis on May 23rd, 2012 04:20 am (UTC)
Not to mention there will soon be an additional 10 second anti piracy bumper on dvds and blu-rays.

Meanwhile in two clicks and about 20 minutes I have any movie I could possibly ever want, in HD, with none of that nonsense. Make purchasing that easy or I'm not buying it, I'm sorry.
The Sniper in Dragphasmaphobic on May 24th, 2012 04:13 pm (UTC)
S'why I always go with either Steam or OnLive for all my PC gaming needs these days. Steam is guaranteed to work like 99% of the time, with only a handful of minor issues I've had to deal with in the past.

If you're always online, OnLive offers a great deal. OnLive has Bioshock on its "Playpack" deal, and it plays very well from my experience with it.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on May 24th, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
Steam has screwed up my system twice in the past; never again. Plus, Steam uses the SecureROM thing as well. I like the idea of Steam, just not the execution.

OnLive looks god, but never checked it out.
The Sniper in Dragphasmaphobic on May 24th, 2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
For the record, Steam doesn't use SecuROM - that's a publisher-only decision, and is not installed by Steam itself. If SecuROM is present, it means an individual game publisher included it in their program's installer, and not Steam itself.

Steam IS a form of DRM, but it provides plenty of services to balance that out. But Steam and SecuROM are not the same thing.
Mauler: Mthulhu!! FLEE!! :O_mauler_ on May 31st, 2012 01:02 pm (UTC)
This. I've never had a problem with Steam on either of my PCs; I've even been able to reinstall it after a no-format OS reinstall and have it pick up all my games with minor faffery. Which is great as I didn't have to download gigs and gigs of games again.

What hassle has Steam given you, duder? :(

Also, piracy has never really been about the price of games, not really. It's just an excuse because most people simply want stuff for free. It was that way on my old Commodore 64 and Amiga 500, even with budget games that cost about £3. I generally bought as many as I could, but sometimes getting a copy off a mate was the only way to get your hands on a rare game in that 'netless age.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Wiredarchmage on May 31st, 2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
Each time I have tried to have Steam on my system for some reason, it has caused massive hits to my processor, making the entire machine sluggish. These were all in the past and not on this machine, so it's entirely possible and probable that things have changed both with their service and in how it would interact with my present box. It's just left such a bad taste in my mouth that I am loathe to try again without a really good reason, and I don't have that. ;)
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Taking Notesarchmage on May 31st, 2012 02:11 pm (UTC)
Bad and missing phrasing on my part: the other copy of Bioshock I could grab DID have both SecureROM and a Steam connection, and I did not want that hassle.