Gamers shall have the right to return games that don’t work with their computers for a full refund.
Consoles maybe, but PCs? That's just not going to be fair to publishers. Far too many games don't play right not because of any fault in the game, but because the PC owner isn't maintaining the PC. You can't expect a game to run right on a PC with a big pile of malware and a 90% fragmented hard drive. Plus a lot of games are getting very short. Buy it on friday, play it over the weekend, return it on monday for a full refund.
HOWEVER, I think buyers do have a right to know the requirements for a game. Putting the requirements in microscopic type on the back of the box isn't cutting it - particularly since the vast majority of potential buyers have no clue how much RAM they have. Vista provided a nice, easy Windows Experience index they can memorize. There are some problems with the index (last I heard) but it's still FAR better than expecting the buyer to know how much memory is in their video card or how fast their CPU runs. I have yet to see a single game have this number on the box, though. The only time I see them used is in the Vista Games folder but you can't see that rating until after you've already bought and installed the game!
Gamers shall have the right to demand that games be released in a finished state.
Got the manual done for Twilight yet, now that it has been out for a few months?
Gamers shall have the right to expect meaningful updates after a game’s release.
I see meaningful updates (like the upcoming version 2 of GC2) as gifts. They encourage me to buy software from that publisher/designer in the future. Sometimes they encourage me to buy a game I had planned on skipping. However, I just don't feel like I have a right to such updates.
Gamers shall have the right to demand that download managers and updaters not force themselves to run or be forced to load in order to play a game.
??? Tons of games had the updater built in to the game itself. I really don't mind if a game automatically loads a download manager. And, with online games, it's often very important to have everyone playing the same version so I can see why some games would force you to update. What can get me really mad, though, are download managers that set themselves to run every time you start your PC. That should not be the default option!
Gamers shall have the right to expect that the minimum requirements for a game will mean that the game will play adequately on that computer.
"Adequately" is a pretty subjective term. To me, minimum requirements means what it says - beyond this point you can not play the game at all. However, if you do have a system that matches the min specs (and you've maintained the system), then you should be able to get through the whole game. The recommended requirements are what you need to be able to get through the whole game and actually have fun. But that's all pretty much irrelevant, IMHO, because so few people can read and understand what the requirements are anyway.
Gamers shall have the right to expect that games won’t install hidden drivers or other potentially harmful software without their consent.
Amen. Those CD/DVD drivers were just plain evil.
Gamers shall have the right to re-download the latest versions of the games they own at any time.
Huh? I haven't owned a game in eons. You license the right to install a game and play it, you never own it.
Gamers shall have the right to not be treated as potential criminals by developers or publishers.
I wish I could agree with that. Unfortunately, I think the majority of gamers ARE criminals. The whole "innocent until proven guilty" thing doesn't work very well when most of your population is guilty.
Gamers shall have the right to demand that a single-player game not force them to be connected to the Internet every time they wish to play.
Why? I can see that as a problem for dial-up users but how many of those have we got left, and just how hard is it for them? I guess I know why, though, don't I? Because Stardock doesn't force it and you want to convince me that checking in with some server is causing me some kind of pain I shouldn't have to endure.
Gamers shall have the right that games which are installed to the hard drive shall not require a CD/DVD to remain in the drive to play.
Again, why? If they have the DVD in there so they can use some freaky DVD driver on it, then yeah, that's bad - but that was already covered above. If they are checking the DVD to pull in some data they didn't want to put on my hard drive for some reason, that's fine by me.