DRM stands for Digital Rights Management. It is a way for developers or publishers to exert some control over their product once it's been purchased by a consumer. Steam, SecuROM, and Disc Checks are all methods of DRM.

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Is a Uplay account required for Assassin's Creed 2 on consoles (Xbox 360, PS3)?

I'm thinking about finally buying a PS3 and I was wondering if Assassin's Creed 2 would require a Uplay account, or if Uplay is optional. I have held off on buying these games on Steam for this ...
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Does every Steam user have their own unique .exe file for DRM protected games?

I stumbled upon this answer which says that Steam supposedly produces a unique .exe file (which launches the game) for each user, so they can't be copied over to another Steam user's folder. Is that ...
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Can I install the game on multiple machines or resell the game?

Can it be installed on multiple machines? Can I sell it after I am done with the game (just a like a console disk)? The best information I found around this the following link which talks about ...
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Steam with NFS Hot Pursuit: “Failed to contact key server” despite previous success while in offline mode

I've purchased NFS Hot Pursuit from Steam, and I was supplied a CD key and could run the game after downloading it. I was then able to run the game with Steam in offline mode, but at one point (after ...
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What is meant by “Broadband Internet Connection Required” on various steam system requirements?

I'm very wary about supporting developers/publishers who use always on drm, so I do my best to research what drm is in the steam games I want to buy. When looking at the system requirements, some ...
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In Batman: Arkham City, how do activation and installation limits work?

I am considering a purchase of the Game of the Year edition of Batman: Arkham City on Steam but I have heard a lot of rather negative information regarding the number of installations and activations ...
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Are Steam games locked down?

Does Steam prevent changes to game files? There are a lot of games that benefit from tweaking or third-party patches for performance improvements or to improve compatibility with newer hardware ...
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Can I play SimCity on two computers at the same time?

I'm not familiar with Origin's DRM (or the one that will be used on the next SimCity), but if I got the game, would I and my girlfriend be able to play it at the same time, each on their own computer ...
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Steam updating game that does not have DRM

At the moment Good Old Games have a special sale that has Witcher 2 enhanced edition. If I get the game there which does not have DRM I don't think it will give me a key to activate it on Steam. So ...
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What's the DRM Model Ubisoft is Using for Assassins Creed III on the PC?

I'm trying to see if the rumors about Ubisoft coming to thier senses about super-intrusive DRM apply to thier AAA titles. So far google has 2 completely conflicting articles about DRM for Assassins ...
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What will happen to my digital games after I die? [closed]

After recently reading this, I wonder if the games I downloaded and currently own on Steam can be passed on to my son. Will Steam allow transfer of ownership of my account? If it is written in my last ...
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How can I play Crysis 2 without shutting down ProcExp and Visual Studio?

I'm a developer. When I have some spare time, I like to play the occasional game. Crysis 2 won't run if I have Visual Studio or Process Explorer running – which I do at all times. Sometimes I have a ...
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How do I uninstall Xtrap?

I seem to have a program called Xtrap on my system I have no idea how it got there, after Googling this application it appears to be a MMO game tool but I only have one MMO on my system and it does ...
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Can I trust Origin the same way I trust Steam?

I would like to get the same type of answers this question got. Can I trust this "Origin" DRM (Digital Rights Management) software platform? Has anybody done any independent verification ...
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Does Diablo 3 require an internet connection to play solo?

I've heard that Diablo III requires a persistent internet connection even in solo play. Does anyone have any sources to this effect?
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Are there any retail copies of Mass Effect 1 and 2 that don't install SecuROM?

I refuse to install SecuROM on principle. I bought Mass Effect 1 and 2 on Amazon for $12. Wikipedia says More recent versions of Mass Effect on budget prices (those available on EA classics and ...
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What causes “InvalidKey”?

I bought the game, installed it and the Ubisoft launcher asked for my serial key. I entered it, and it accepted it. I then opened the game and I could start a game, etc. But trying many other things ...
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Does Mass Effect 3 have “DRM Servers”?

I plan to play Mass Effect 3 on PS3. I've heard horror stories of EA's DRM that requires communication with their servers, but I never had to connect to EA to play Dead Space 1 or 2 on PS3. Will I ...
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Are boxed PC retail copies of Skyrim region-locked?

I've heard that all PC copies of Skyrim require Steam activation and am wondering if this is forcing region locking. I want to buy a UK copy of Skyrim and be able to activate/play it in the USA. Can ...
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What sort of DRM does Kingdoms of Amalur have on the PS3?

I've just given the Kingdoms of Amalur demo a spin on my PS3 and I have to say I found it most enjoyable (with the horrible facial animations, or lack thereof, serving only as a mild distraction). ...
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How do I play Anno 2070 offline?

I completely love the anno series of games. Now I have bought anno 2070, install it, activate it, and now when I run the game, I am required to login. There is an "offline mode" button in the ...
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How does offline mode impact Anno 2070?

Anno 2070 apparently has online and offline modes, and I'm wondering how those modes are different. I found some discussion of what you can't do in offline mode, but having not yet played the game ...
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For Humble Bundles, if I use a multiplayer key and then uninstall, is the key still valid for others?

I'm not trying to sell or make a profit or anything. It's just that one of the games I installed I ended up not liking very much. However my friend really wants to give it a try, but I don't know if ...
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buy multiple copies of a game on one steam account?

I do a lot of LAN gaming with my friends. Generally games allow you to play LAN without online authentication (ie, Unreal) so I can use the same copy on all of my computers (this isn't really piracy ...
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What extra steps do I need to take to play and patch Crysis 2 on the PC?

I recently built a computer that should be able to run Crysis 2 very well. So I'm thinking about getting a physical copy of the PC version in order to experience Crysis 2 at its finest. I'm worried ...
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Battlefield 3 PC boxed, DRM constraints and Origin?

Is the boxed version of Battlefield 3 free from other clients, "services", and DRM? For instance, the intrusive "always online" DRM, "3-install" limits, Origin, and so on.
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Does Assassins Creed Brotherhood have the same DRM as Assassins Creed 2?

AC2 had DRM that originally required a constant internet connection, and later required an internet connection at every launch instead. This is a dealbreaker for me as I often game without internet ...
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How intrusive/problematic is the Solidshield DRM used by EA?

I'm quite wary of DRM, and usually choose not to buy any game that has it, unless I know that it generally works (such as Valve games on Steam). I'm eyeing Shift 2 Unleashed though, and would like to ...
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Does the steam version of Dragon Age II use SecuROM?

Does Dragon Age II ship with SecuROM when it's purchased through Steam? If so, why aren't Steam's protections good enough?
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Does the PSP Store use a DRM system?

I bought a few games from the PSP store but I'd like to know if they are bound to my account or to my device. In other words: if my PSP is gone for good, will I be able to download my games again on ...
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Can I keep using DLC on a borrowed Xbox 360?

I pre-ordered Fallout: New Vegas from GameStop and got the Classic Pack DLC as a "reward." I own a 360 Arcade and don't have an Xbox Live account. My girlfriend owns a 360 Elite and has a silver Live ...
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Transferring all DLC to new Xbox 360 — “download all”?

I just had to replace a RROD'ed Xbox 360. This means I have no access to any of the content on the other machine since it won't boot! I would just pop the old hard drive into the new console, but ...
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Why do I have to authorize my map-editor every time I open it?

I begrudgingly understand the lack of LAN and the default to "always-on" battle.net connection required to enjoy the single and multiplayer aspects of Starcraft II. But why do I have to log in to use ...
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Can you create a new EA account with a second hand game?

I would like to sell my copy of Battlefield 2, but I cant remember if the CD Key was used to create my login account. I would not like to sell the game to someone if they will not be able to create an ...
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Can I trust Steam-powered games? Is there any unwanted behavior installed with Steam?

So – I just bought the new game Supreme Commander 2. This question is not about the game, but about the online software installation platform that it seems to require. I haven't bought a game ...
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About Assassin's Creed 2, DRM and savegames

I was thinking to buy Asssassin's Creed 2 for PC, but I heard some bad voices about the DRM included in the game. At home I have an ADSL connection but unfortunately is not really reliable. It often ...
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Tropico 3 on Steam - need a activation code?

I just bought and downloaded Tropico 3 on Steam. It's now asking me for an activation code. Is this a bug? If not where can I find my code?