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When someone asks me what DRM is, my answer is very simple: it’s anti-piracy software that usually doesn’t stop pirates at all and instead only annoys legitimate buyers. . Well, why do software and video game companies use it? I couldn’t tell you. Companies really want to annoy their own customers? Apparently yes. Timothy, when you say it doesn’t really stop pirates, you’re exaggerating, aren’t you? No not at all.

The worst example of legitimate customers being taken in by video game DRM involves when a game or product is blocked simply because a publisher or its DRM partner simply shuts down the servers running the DRM, on purpose or not. .

Gran Turismo 7 was recently released on PlayStation and is already facing major headwinds due to the public’s absolute hatred for all the microtransactions included in the game. rendered unplayable as DRM servers that require online verification to play the game crashed during a maintenance window.

The scheduled server maintenance, scheduled around the release of the game’s version 1.07 patch, was originally scheduled to last just two hours starting at 6 a.m. GMT (2 a.m. Eastern) on Thursday morning. Six hours later, however, the official Gran Turismo Twitter account announcement that “due to an issue detected in the 1.07 update, we will be extending the server maintenance period. We’ll let everyone know ASAP when this is likely to be over. We apologize for the inconvenience and ask for your patience as we work to resolve the issue.

“Disadvantage” in this case means not being able to play the game purchased by the customer. Like, basically at all. Why single-player console game content should require online registration is beyond me. Console hacking is one thing, but definitely not many of one thing. There’s no way this DRM is worth the headache Sony now has in its hands.

A headache that lasted more than a full calendar day, by the way. And a puzzle that Sony’s competitors have taken up to send messages to the public on social networks.

For now, Gran Turismo 7 owners tired of waiting to play the game they purchased are forced to look elsewhere for their racing solution. As EA and Codemasters have it cheekily tweeted, Grid Legends “is a video game with cars that you can play right now.” Imagine that!

Imagine that.

Filed Under: copyright, drm, gran turismo 7, server upgrade

Companies: Sony

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