Originally posted by: black_zion I don't see what's wrong with going back to optical media and disk verification checks, the way they did it in the 90s and early 2000s, made popular again with the TAGES DRM which checks for special sectors in the disk to verify its authenticity. Heaven forbid you have to have an optical drive and physical media anymore!
Well, i can sense a little nostalgia there, and it's perfectly understandable.
And having physical copies of files and games in a rom disk is one of the safest and best backup ways a user can (additionaly) choose.
A hard disk can fail. It's usually too late to use a program that restores deleted or corrupted data, due mostly to inexperience or user interference.
An ssd can fail too. As can a flash drive.
A physical disk, on the other hand, is a medium designed for greater long-term endurance and user-friendliness. It will probably last more than we shall live to see it fail, with a little care from us.
Now the cons.
A little while ago, i bought a retail copy of batman arkham city collectors edition, which it failed mid-setup to install. Every single time.
The particular game uses SecuROM + SecuROM PA + Xlive.
Something was conflicting in my system.
Was it my fault as well ? Probably, though i could install any game properly at that time.
Did i manage to install and enjoy my expensive game ? No.
I found another way ......., a less "decent" way, ............ to play my newly bought "decent" game..........
The real drawback, though, is the horrible limited speed of a cd/ dvd or even a blu-ray disk.
Just compare the installation time of any 4-dvd modern game to an .iso, and you will see what i'm talking about.
Or a windows clean installation through a usb3 flash drive or hdd/ ssd.
Online only games can lead to disaster as well, though.
Remember the recent SimCity's disastrous launch ?
Or Diablo III's launch ?
Considering the fact that more and more companies are "breached" by hackers (sony,ea,ebay), and seeing how the the old trusted google is expanding and trying to consume anything along the way, one can start seeing patterns.
Patterns that violate your personal rights.
Bottom line is, i see these hacks/ breaches online and i laugh. In a sad kind of way.
It reminds me that safety online is just an illusion that serves marketing purposes, as it is offline.
But i do want the technology progress to serve my needs. My choices. My hard earned money.
And i have every right to demand better services.
Not the fast food we are fed.
I use steam as well but nothing else. Go for GoG. DRM-free.
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