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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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 ...