Witcher dev: DRM is 'worst thing in the gaming industry'

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The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red believes digital rights management (DRM) is the "worst thing in the gaming industry." Speaking to Forbes, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt project lead Konrad Tomaszkiewicz said such measures negatively impact gameplay experiences.

"In my opinion, DRM is the worst thing in the gaming industry. It's limiting our rights to play games owned by us," Tomaszkiewicz said. "Let’s imagine that you have a game that requires Internet connection to prove that you actually bought it. What if you lose your connection because of your Internet provider? You can't play anymore."
The Witcher 3 is DRM-free.
Tomaszkiewicz claimed that DRM does not stop piracy and is instead only a "real pain" for legal users. He said fans appreciate CD Projekt Red's long-stated anti-DRM stance and that these users--on forums and elsewhere-- actively attempt to persuade would-be pirates to purchase a legitimate copy instead of downloading a game illegally.
Battlefield and FIFA publisher Electronic Arts previously referred to DRM as a "failed, dead-end strategy."
Also in the interview, Tomaszkiewicz confirmed that The Witcher 3 will not feature a multiplayer component. He explained that CD Projekt Red "strongly feel that this final saga of Geralt has no place for meaningful multiplayer." A multiplayer component was never confirmed for The Witcher 3, but the studio teased last month that it was exploring opportunities.
Another game element that will not be featured in The Witcher 3 are quick time events. Tomaszkiewicz explained that these moments in past games "usually frustrated players" and that they will not appear in the upcoming game.
The Witcher 3 is Geralt's final story and reportedly has 100 hours of gameplay. The role-playing game is due to launch in 2014 for PlayStation 4, PC, and other "high-end" platforms.
It's impossible not to love this company. They actually LISTEN to fans.
 

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Alright. Going to go get witcher 1 and 2 based on what he said. Fuck it. They have my vote for good egg of the day.
 
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Alright. Going to go get witcher 1 and 2 based on what he said. Fuck it. They have my vote for good egg of the day.
Your not the first person to do so. People who don't even play RPG's post they buy their games and don't play them. They just want to buy them because of what they represent in the gaming world and they feel the need to support them.
 

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Online gaming is overrated horseshit anyways. It's either someone blatantly cheating, or some asshole who has nothing better to do than spend what amounts to a workweek to become a "master" of said game so they can pwn noobs. It's a sad and pathetic experience.
 

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Had a whole post typed out, and accidentally edited the whole thing away. Fuck. Now I'm too lazy to repeat it. The general point though was that DRM only works for online multiplayer. If you don't have multiplayer, it's easy to "listen to the fans" about not having DRM, since it's pointless anyway.
 
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Had a whole post typed out, and accidentally edited the whole thing away. Fuck. Now I'm too lazy to repeat it. The general point though was that DRM only works for online multiplayer. If you don't have multiplayer, it's easy to "listen to the fans" about not having DRM, since it's pointless anyway.
Single player doesn't matter, many companies are gearing toward "always online" even for single player to try and stop pirates and used games sales. Almost no companies are fighting against this move and many actually support it.

CD Projekt is a rare case among game makers. They removed DRM because fans asked and publicly announced they will no longer go after pirates because they have faith in the fans to do the right thing. It's earned them an incredible amount of good will in the gaming community.


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http://www.gamespot.com/news/witcher-dev-drm-is-worst-thing-in-the-gaming-industry-6407588