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#402 What DRM-Free means to me

If you have not already caught wind of the latest Humble Bundle but 2K has partnered with Humble Bundle to release a bundle of their best games for sale including such titles as Darkness II, Mafia II, XCOM Enemy Unknown, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, Spec Ops: The Line,the entire Bioshock trilogy, and the promise of more games coming soon. As always with these Humble Bundle promotions customizable portion of the purchases going to support for Action Against Hunger and the American Red Cross.

 

All the same Humble Bundle rules apply, pay what you want with two tiers of rewards for  donating

All the same Humble Bundle rules apply, pay what you want with two tiers of rewards for donating

 

But I have been having the same problem that other PC gamers have been having with the any popular videogames promotion, finding a reason for paying for games that I have already own. As of writing I already have half of the games in this bundle, all three Bioshock titles and Spec Ops: The Line with no interest in either the XCOM or Darkness series.

 

this single game that would provide motivation for me to buy the bundle IF I DID NOT ALREADY BOUGHT IT ON STEAM DURING THE LAST SUMMER SALES . A story that many other players have lived through

this single game that would provide motivation for me to buy the bundle IF I DID NOT ALREADY BOUGHT IT ON STEAM DURING THE LAST SUMMER SALES . A story that many other players have lived through

 

I was going to let this Humble Bundle slide by like the some of the previous Humble Bundles and the countless other Bundles I have seen around the internet. That was until I saw a little symbol next to the original Bioshock game.

To the left of the Steam symbol, that's right DRM FREE!

That’s right one of my, and many other gamer’s, favorite game comes in DRM-free format

 

I have written about it before but Bioshock is one of my favorite games, not because of the plot twist, but because it was not a game based around a good guy fighting against a bad guy but instead it is about a guy caught in a city based on a different, although extreme, set of rules and the antagonist is only labeled as evil because held to those set of rules to “never compromise not even in the face of Armageddon”. (Be MOP #255)

I knew there was a reason these two stories were so ranked high in their respective communities.

I knew there was a reason these two stories were so ranked high in their respective communities.

 

Now I add DRM-free copy of this amazing game to the flash drive I carry around that is chock full of some of my favorite games that I would carry around if I ever lose my Steam collection and if I am stranded somewhere with a computer with no internet connection (Be MOP #343).  With that one feature I went out and bought the entire bundle because I might as well buy the entire bundle for XCOM and the promise of future 2K games being added later in the week (an incredible clever fundraising technique Humble Bundle uses which I when more in-depth about it a while ago in Be MOP #256).

The people behind this site are genius when it comes to getting people to hand over more money than the consumer previously intended.

The people behind this site are genius when it comes to getting people to hand over more money than the consumer previously intended.

 

To tie this entire post back to the title at the top of the page, this is what DRM-free means to me, going out and rebuying all these titles not to play it again on another improved platform but so I can have legally own the one game I actually want. Now I can copy it over and over again to my various computers with out a limit from Steam, Windows Live, or any other service, and I can play this one game without an internet connection or worrying about what will happen to the game servers in the years to come.

 


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#166 The Tipping Point in the Horde’s war in Pandaria

Over the weekend I decided to reread the Watchmen comic book series and while I was enjoying the epic tale of the politics around a murder mystery in a re-imagined Cold War America with masked vigilantes, my mind wandered towards Warcraft.

Oh....its such a good book

Oh….it’s such a good book

I talked before about the politics of World of Warcraft on this blog multiple times, one of which is figuring out what type of war Azeroth is currently in (Be MOP #87) and while the Horde and Alliance are in an active war the set up and of the two factions have some connections to the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.

The Horde and Alliance are  two equal political and military forces trying to build bases and gather resources in a new land while recruiting the natives to fight against each other with the weapons provided by each side (see my post of the Proxy-war in the Jade Forest Be MOP #56)

But as history has taught us, no war can last forever. A war that is constantly forcing each side to gather more and more limited resources while simultaneously asking them to fund the unlimited desire to destroy the enemy is not an ideal political or economical model. Something has to happen, a tipping point, that makes one side start to falter and ends up either losing the war or begin the collapse of their government.

In Watchmen the tipping point of the Cold War was when Dr. Manhattan, The United States’s greatest weapon in the atomic arms race, leaves the planet allowing the Soviets to invade Afghanistan and set up their plans to conquer the rest of Europe.

In real life, the tipping point was when America launched the Strategic Defense Initiative (aka the Star Wars Project) forcing the soviets, who were dealing with a fragile economy, to spend more money on their nuclear weapons in the hopes of winning the arms race, rather than funding programs to feed and educate it’s people.

Politics, World of Warcraft, AND Star Wars? what more could you ask from a blog post?

Politics, World of Warcraft, AND Star Wars? what more could you ask from a blog post?

But in WoW, we do not know what the tipping point is, we know that there is going be one and we do know how the war is going to end thanks to Blizzard. Lets just day we are not expecting the Horde and Alliance to come knocking down the doors of Varian Wrynn’s throne room any time soon. Patch 5.1 has some build up to the tipping point. with Garrosh using the Sha on his own orcs and the scenario surrounding Vol’jin.

My guess is that the tipping point for the Horde will be the penultimate content patch, with a major controversial event approved by Garrosh. This will give the players enough time to get angry at Garrosh and justifying the raid on Orgrimmar, which (I assume) will then change the political structure of the Horde followed by a change in the relationship between the Horde and Alliance which we see develop in WoW’s next expansion.


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