Seriously. I am so. Frickin. Tired. Of you damn anti-DRM whiners. You want the company to provide everything for you, for free, without having to do any work at all, and you completely flip out when that doesn't happen. You're narcissistic zealots.
Thanks, Mr DRM-apologist.
Let me tell you... there was a time when I could buy a game, install it from the CD on my computer, and play it. The only time I'd need the CD again was if I needed to re-install it. Nice, convenient, and nothing to intrude upon my enjoyment of the game. I bought plenty of games back in those days. If I eventually got tired of a game, I could give it away or sell it... I had that choice.
In modern times, most every game requires the CD to be in the computer in order to play it. Needing to have the CD around at all times to play it results in more scratched install-discs which cannot successfully re-install the game. I've lost several games to scratched install-media. On top of that, we've got games with DRM technology that has been known to break other functionality of computers, and DRM technology which sometimes renders legally purchased games unplayable- for me, half-life 2 was incompatible with the DVD-burner drivers on my computer, and the only way I could get it to work was to uninstall the DVD burning software which came distributed with the computer I had at the time. The Witcher didn't like my system, claimed the original disc was not inserted, no matter what I did. I never got that one to work.
Now Stardock is trying to do something different. Digital distribution has it's benefits- I can download the same game onto multiple computers, and as long as I only play one of them at a time, I'm fine. There's no discs to scratch, and if I need to reinstall, I can simply re-download. Unfortunately, tying games to digital distribution has downsides too. I'm not talkng theoretical here- there are several examples of companies who provided digital distribution of media, whom either chose to change their DRM schemes or shut down their servers due to poor sales, where customers who had legally purchased media lost access to content because DRM servers got shut down. Microsoft, google, and the MLB *ALL* did this.
Until they come up with a mechanism for delivering goods with the same convenience and reliability which I ALREADY EXPERIENCED, I will keep complaining. What a novel concept!