The likes of Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM have been in the news a lot recently, and not for good reasons. Denuvo’s viewed as a creaking failure; a relic that no longer serves the purpose it was intended to fulfil. For some though, DRM is more than an inconvenience. It’s a sticking point. A barrier to ever buying a game.
You don’t have to look far to see the outrage surrounding just about any AAA release. The war cries and the chants of ‘boycott’. Whether everyone actually stays true to that promise is a different matter entirely though. Slightly different reasoning, but we all remember the classic COD: Modern Warfare 2 boycott. For some, even if they’re intrinsically opposed to DRM (or in that example, the lack of dedicated servers), the prospect of a game coming out they really want can make it difficult to resist.
Now, it’s totally understandable why anyone would disapprove of DRM. For legitimate users, it’s just a barrier that you could do without. Over the years DRM has done everything from impact performance to spy on users, and they’re all players who’ve acquired the games through legal means. It’s a bit like those pesky piracy warnings you get for about five eternal minutes when you play a DVD, a feature which pirated copies can strip out almost instantaneously.
The flipside is that, with Denuvo in particular, I’ve personally never run into any problems. Of course, others out there may have, but from my end, I’ve played some games and not even found out they’ve even got Denuvo protection until after I’ve finished. Its impact on me is literally invisible, and for that reason, I hardly see it as a barrier between me and a great game I’ve been looking forward to. I kind of just want to play what I want, when I want, and any anger about the murkier side has just fallen by the wayside over the years.
So I thought it would be interesting to try and gather a consensus here on GD. Have you ever decided to not buy a game purely because of the DRM used? Do you withhold from playing the game at all, or are you then likely to see ‘alternative’ means?