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The DRM Monster by JamesDonaldson The DRM Monster by JamesDonaldson
During the 2008-present peroid almost every game released has some version of DRM. I don’t know if these developers/publishers/whatever got together in a mass meeting and somehow agreed that this was a great idea, but almost every PC game has now adopted the dumbest form of copy protection on earth.

Firstly, it doesn’t work, the ’Pirates’ can still pirate the game and seeing as they work around the protection, they can play without doing any of the stuff legal users have to do. Like be on the internet, activate and deactivate installs, log into systems like Live before you even get to the main menu. If the Server goes down, the honest players can’t play, but the pirates (that this system is meant to prevent from copying) can still play just fine.

The comic says the rest.

This is an original comic with my characters Digital Rights Marauder (Steam in the original series) and Captain Crack Patchers. So copyright covers everything.
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:iconlmh13442:
LMH13442 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
....or just. y'know SUPPORT GOG.com
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:iconajnzulu:
AJNZulu Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
James, I love this Comic!
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masonicon Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
DRM does keeps me from using MySpore whatever I plays Spore
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:iconl33tn3rdz:
l33tn3rdz Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Digital Restrictions Management! Providing a false sense of security since it was invented.

FUNFAX: If it exists, it's been cracked and pirated. No exceptions!

0-day DRM cracks are really common now.
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morbid333 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Because of the games I play, I've been told I'm stuck in the nineties. Remember those days, when playing a game was as simple as popping a CD into a machine, and developers and publishers didn't give us reasons not to buy their crap? Ah, good times. Good times.
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Division90 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
HE's Da BEST !!! CRACK And Patch !!!
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taalii123 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
I have used this image to win multiple arguments over DRM.


That, and sales figures versus estimates piracy figures for Spore before and after they eased up on the DRM. Along with sales figures versus estimated piracy figured for Sins of a Solar Empire, which had no DRM. (Hint: It sold REALLY well.)
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Lady-CrusaderKira Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
True! This is so, so true! I love it. :) And know firsthand exactly what you're talking about. ;D
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KlinkHammer Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
steam aint so bad

BUT PAIR IT UP WITH WINDOWS LIVE!? NOW THAT TORTURE

it took me 1 YEAR to figure out how to load Dawn of war 2!

DRM kept me from buying Assassin's creed 2!
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:iconl33tn3rdz:
l33tn3rdz Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
OMG... Microshit Winblows Live! Worst service ever. Filled with more bugs then a termite mound. Run by retarded monkeys.
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KlinkHammer Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
but atleast the messaging is nice

but not as nice as steam's
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:iconl33tn3rdz:
l33tn3rdz Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes the IM program is great. Their IT Academy a complete joke! Glitchville! nuff said.
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:iconklinkhammer:
KlinkHammer Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
eyup cant argue with that
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:icondivision90:
Division90 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
I GOT The same Problem From AC2 Either .... brothers !!
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:iconjamesdonaldson:
JamesDonaldson Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I have a huge Steam game list now, but a few years back I was heavy anti-Steam. The idea of buying a single player game, in a store, but having to be online to play really got to me back then.

No problem if you buy online and there's always the offline mode.
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honglong17 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
james, you are the saints
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gromhellscrea12 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
It's as if the PC gaming companies have become idiots..you want to make it easier on the customer, not harder.
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lol i like the bit where the pirate saves the day!
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:iconlitle-noa:
Litle-Noa Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
YEY CAPTAIN PATCHY
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:iconbb-k:
BB-K Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeap, I bet that DRM guy is actually the monster guy in disguise. :) Yeap, I hate Steam!

And woo for Captain Patchy as well! :D
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:iconmudkipy:
Mudkipy Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
Wait wait wait ,steam aint nothing as bad as windows live :|
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Nianicole824 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
hes....not wearing...pants*twitch**twitch*
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:iconstimtheone:
Stimtheone Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah...irony...it taste better when it makes the bad guys' plan useful for the good guys.
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Yggdrisall-Blue Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DRM Has screwed SO many people over. Especially me, I can't tell you HOW many games I have that I can't play because of lost CD Keys, losing steam accounts (I CAN'T PLAY PORTAL DAMNIT! And they won't even answer my requests for help!), people somehow getting a hold of my CD key though it has never been uttered from my mouth, my fingers, or my ass.

Nice work DRM retards!

Now about the art: Very nice, you kept it simple, and you didn't go overboard with shading. Impressive!
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:iconl33tn3rdz:
l33tn3rdz Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
And people wonder why software devs are so shocked people are using Keygens and Warez? They need to get their heads out of their asses and go DRM Free.

DRM free reduces piracy.

OMG I just rhymed.
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1337Salty Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
Nice! I lol'd.
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:iconpsyping:
PsyPing Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
TRUTHS.

You are now one step closer to being my hero.
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