Still No Word Why Far Cry 4 Stopped Working For Some Xbox One Owners

Far Cry 4 for the Xbox One disappeared from the Xbox Marketplace for a little while earlier this week, preventing some from playing a game they own. The problem was eventually solved, but the whole thing’s left me pretty confused. What exactly happened… and why? Unfortunately, Microsoft’s brief statement on the issue to Videogamer.com hasn’t provided any real clarity.

GOG To Start Selling Movies And TV Shows

Well this is interesting: GOG.com, the digital retailer best known for selling old games without DRM, is branching out into film and TV. The folks at GOG are pushing hard on the “DRM-free” angle here too, promising that nothing they sell will be saddled with the copyright restrictions you might get while buying a TV show on iTunes or Amazon.

Ubisoft Focusing On 'Good Services' And 'Quality', Not DRM

Digital rights management (known by its more villainous acronym “DRM”) isn’t quite the same topic it used to be when most of our games came on CDs and DVDs. Instead, they’ve been replaced with always-online requirements or the need to run titles through clients such as EA’s Origin or Uplay from Ubisoft if you want to enjoy features such as multiplayer. The latter killed its DRM “solution” a few years back after “listening to feedback” and now maintains the stance that DRM is not the answer to piracy.

The Video Gamers Of The Year

You’ll see that, yes, these are folks we have written about over the past year, people with stories others have found inspirational, or whose individual triumphs show that notoriety in video gaming isn’t limited to hot shot developers or esports professionals.

Online Petition Demands Return Of Xbox One DRM

Video game petitions have a very long and mostly pointless history. As I’ve said several times, an internet petition is worth the paper it is printed on. But I’ll give a little publicity to this thing, because it’s the most ridiculous one I’ve seen yet (that includes this).

The Unlikely Man Behind A Digital Revolution

On May 26, two weeks before E3, a man named Pete Dodd started a thread on the message board NeoGAF. Microsoft had just announced their next-gen console, the Xbox One, and with it, customer-unfriendly policies like used game restrictions and a mandatory 24-hour Internet check-in. Meanwhile, Sony was staying quiet about their own possible plans for digital-rights management (DRM) on the PlayStation 4.

A Slight Oversimplification Of The Xbox One DRM Reversal

In NMA TV’s latest video, the Xbox One is a pile of shit with a logo, and Sony is a ninja getting handjobs. The Taiwanese animation studio might not always be spot-on with its analysis, but it sure does know how to illustrate a point, and it’s speedy about it.

Xbox One DRM Reversal Is Proof That Speaking Out Can Get Results

Complaining on the internet, I am often told, doesn’t amount to much of anything. Clicking “Like” or retweeting for a cause are nothing more than “Slacktivism”, a type of problem-solving that only lazy millennials could have come up with.

The Xbox One Just Got Way Worse, And It's Our Fault

Microsoft just announced that its much-maligned DRM policies won’t look at all like they had originally been described. They’re going to more relaxed, sort of like the PS3’s. Good news, you say? No. Bad news. The Xbox One just got worse.

Microsoft Is Removing Xbox One DRM

This could be the biggest backtrack in gaming history: Microsoft will reverse course on their DRM policies for Xbox One, dropping their 24-hour Internet check-in requirement and all restrictions on used games.