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Wednesday, December 01, 2004


Replication Wars - Steam

Steamwatch is a natural response to the imposition of a total DRM regime. Unfortunately, although Steam is innovative, it sets the wrong incentives for users and hackers alike (ie, you're better off not buying more SteamPowered stuff as imitators choose not to SteamPower, and as the costs of DRM outstrip consumption gains). This is what SteamWatch rightly points out -it's a massive strategic error because more than anything, it exposes huge vital points for competitors to strike.

It is, of course, an effective short-term fix.

-- umair // 5:08 PM // 0 comments


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