Sonic Mania Fans MAD About DRM

Game News: Sonic Mania Fans MAD About DRM

Sonic Mania took its sweet time getting on PC, and according to fans, that's because it was busy adding everyone's favorite feature -- DRM! Sega launched the game with DRM and always online requirements, and if history's told us anything, it's that PC gamers just LOVE that stuff... right?

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  • EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Be thoughtful and silly.

    5 months ago

    Don't worry. Someone out there already has a crack, I'm sure. The more frustrating that a DRM is, the quicker that someone will crack it.

    The trick is to find that sweet spot where it is more convenient for the customer to just use the DRM than to crack the product. People will pay for convenience (with reasonable cost for the quality of the product), or they will find an easier way if it they can't buy convenience.

    (Me? I just give it a miss if I hear the DRM is a hassle for the quality of the game. Too much risk involved taking the other routes.)

  • RiverRunning

    5 months ago

    In the UK due to not being mentioned on the Steam page it is a breach of Trading Standards - particularly due to the online requirement. Talking of which; how many people don't have online access for their game PC amongst gamers? LOTS. Lots of gamers are kids and lots of kids do not have control over their use of Internet access and lots of parents are starting to realise that giving their child constant access is a bad idea without understanding the issues involved in DRM - they think their child has a computer and a game, what is the problem? And I'll be that a lot of parents don't trust their kid when they say they can only play a single-player game online.

    If I were owners of Sonic Mania I would vote with the money and have the game refunded via Steam - review bombing only does so much... returning it without the window that Steam now gives you is a so much more effective incentive for the publisher to remove the DRM - and it is usually the publisher, not the developer, who is at fault in these cases (to be honest I'm surprised that more developers haven't started avoiding publishers who insist on using DRM... especially given the results provided by CD Project Red.

  • AnInconvenientlyLargeDragon FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    5 months ago

    such a shame this is gonna end up as a mark against such a good game. even if they fix it people will hold a grudge....