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There is a good discussion going on about various protection schemes so let see if we, as gamers can come up with a scheme that we would all approve of./
Here is my idea:
The base game is free, think of something like Dragon Age where you get the starter areas for free. Now then DLC is the way the game is expanded. You are free to purchase the areas you want for the game and skip those you do not want. The DLC is done through an account with the game maker and is limited to twon computers for install. The computers can be IDed by an algorithm based on hardware and software installed. We allow 2 computers for a laptop or second gaming machine in the house. Any attempts to install on a different PC will require a call in and proof of ID such as Credit Card used to buy the DLC to over ride the security.
This means the whole idea of pirating for trila dies since a good start of the game is free for general consumption. The MEAT of the game requires payment and is secured.
The internet connection is not required for play so you do not have to hassel with it once you have made your purchases and installs. This can go a step farther for games with online play. If the game shows on more than the two machines allowed the game account is cancelled right then. Thus discouraging people from buying and then giving the game away to others.
Not a perfect system but workable I think. Anyone have any ideas for a system that would work?
I have a soap box and I am not afraid to use it.