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Cooper
09-01-2012, 03:59 PM
I recently got Saints Row 3 in one of those lovely, archaic plastic boxes with and optical disc inside.

Fairly prominently, on the front, in nice eye-catching red is a warning that an internet connection is required for activation.
http://market.mmgn.com/Lib/Images/Classifieds/featured/Saints-Row-The-Third-UK-Version-1079257.jpg

The DRM in this case being Steam.

I'm wondering; is this a case of THQ being consumer-friendly and adding this, or is this becomming standard?

I'm so used to it being hidden away in tiny print on the back amongst the requirements.

Steam is also very bad for this; rarely clearly labelling the non-Steam bumpf that comes with games they sell.

Althea
09-01-2012, 05:36 PM
That's a standard "warning" on THQ boxes - DoW II thru Retribution had it, and I've noticed a lot of games are beginning to have quite chunky blocks of text on the back R.E. DRM/Activation.

somini
09-01-2012, 11:34 PM
Some useful links:
The Big DRM List (http://steamdrm.flibitijibibo.com/the-big-drm-list/) - List of DRM in most, if not all Steam games. If the game is not here, either it has Steam DRM or it's DRM free
Retail Keys - Steam (https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=7480-wusf-3601) - Official source of games than can be activated on Steam. Steamworks games, in other words.
List of GamersGate games you can activate on Steam (http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1852109)

List of Green Man Gaming games you can activate on Steam (http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2046945)

For those last 2 there are equivalent threads in Gamersgate and GMG forums.

Drake Sigar
10-01-2012, 12:40 AM
I'm starting to notice more and more clear online related warnings on the front of the box. Of course, that doesn't do you much good if you're ordering online with Amazon or some such who still stubbornly neglect to mention any such warnings.

Snargelfargen
10-01-2012, 07:36 AM
Some useful links:
The Big DRM List (http://steamdrm.flibitijibibo.com/the-big-drm-list/) - List of DRM in most, if not all Steam games. If the game is not here, either it has Steam DRM or it's DRM free
Retail Keys - Steam (https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=7480-wusf-3601) - Official source of games than can be activated on Steam. Steamworks games, in other words.
List of GamersGate games you can activate on Steam (http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1852109)

List of Green Man Gaming games you can activate on Steam (http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2046945)

For those last 2 there are equivalent threads in Gamersgate and GMG forums.

This is very useful, thank you.

BristintYeduc
10-01-2012, 07:56 AM
if not all Steam games.
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http://www.bookunion.org/9.jpghttp://www.reconnectyourlife.info/songjh.jpg

Althea
10-01-2012, 10:35 AM
I'm starting to notice more and more clear online related warnings on the front of the box. Of course, that doesn't do you much good if you're ordering online with Amazon or some such who still stubbornly neglect to mention any such warnings.
And that's why you should do research.

Only time I've ever been "stung" by a lack of warning is Velvet Assassin, which didn't mention anywhere that it required Steam. Genius work there, SouthPeak.