Comic Updated September 26, 2008
I don't have a whole lotta love for Electronic
Arts. I'll be honest, I don't have anywhere near as much hate for 'em as
I used to, either, since John Riccitello took the reins. I aint saying he's
some kind of visionary, or even substantially different from his predecessors
-- except in one way: he's aware that the company has to make decent games.
Of course, this brings with it a whole new set
of problems, because the previous management's hands-on style of operation
encouraged crushing the souls out of both their employees, which in turn
crushed the souls out of their employees' games, which in turn has necessitated
EA's current tactic of buying up other, un-crushed development
And, I gotta say, from what I can tell on the
game front, it's working. The stuff EA's putting out now -- by virtue of
their captive studios -- is ten times better than what they were putting
out even five years ago. If EA can restrain themselves from interfering to
an unsuitable degree, it's very likely that these studios will continue to
put out high-quality product.
At which point, as is currently evidenced, EA
will step in and screw it up via draconian
The issue of DRM is a dicey one to begin with
-- its very presence, meant to stem the pirating of games, creates a situation
in which the paying customer gets a product that is inferior to the
pirated version. You are, in simple terms -- and there's really no other
way to spin this -- being punished for your honesty.
Now, add in Securom, EA's DRM software of choice
-- a nasty piece of business that installs when you install your PC game,
does NOT uninstall when you uninstall your PC game, has been reported to
cause numerous hardware and software conflicts, and spies on you, reporting
back frequently to head office. Having DRM attached to a game is like
buying a cake that you can only eat one slice of per day, up to a maximum
of six days. Having Securom be the DRM software is having the cake delivery
guy wear a wire and hang around outside your window forever.
More on this later.
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