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The gaming industry is moving on to the trend of requiring an always online internet connection which is upsetting to many. Read on to see the effects it had on gamers all over the world.

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Steam Guard by Valve–Friendly DRM or More Intel Love?

Valve’s Steam Guard system promises a two-factor authentication system for the Steam Digital Distribution platform. However, with the keys coming from the newer Intel Core processors, AMD users and older Intel CPU users are left biting the dust. Also, how exactly will Steam Guard help with identity management, especially for games?

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Grab it while you can. The VLC media player will soon be leaving the Apple Store, according to a source at the VLC group.

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Polish developer CD Projekt RED have never been on the side of DRM. With a new statement on how customer-bonding and service, and not DRM is what will attract people to non-pirated gaming is doing the rounds from the email cells of CD Projekt. And this, is a very good thing.

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A new bill in Canada has legalized bypassing of DRM and has created loopholes which can be easily exploited to create legalized copies of protected material.

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The Pirate Bay is back online on the Swedish Pirate Party. Their official blog has given some hilarious update on the situation and a message for the RIAA.

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An injunction against The Pirate Bay Traffic provider, CyberBunker operator CB3ROB Ltd. & Co. KG from the Regional Court of Hamburg has forced the routing provider of The Pirate Bay to stop routing traffic to their website servers.

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Green Man Gaming

Independent UK-based retailer Green Man Gaming has signed a deal with Sony DADC for its SecuROM DRM solution. This means that the upcoming Green Man Gaming site will have AAA games to sell to a large crowd. Green Man Gaming will come alive in 19 days.

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This week’s FOSS Friday focuses on Oracle’s Java love, BBC DRM issues, OpenGL 4.0 progress, OpenOffice.org 3.2 and Ubuntu Ubiquity slideshow from open source. In this post, I have presented a weekly roundup of some key events that will determine the shape of things to come.

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Ubisoft’s DRM servers experienced an outage caused by hackers over the past couple of days. This is seen as a protest by the hackers against the diabolical DRM protection that is Ubisoft’s mechanism for ensuring people play its original games.

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The Ubisoft latest DRM was cracked BY Skidrow within a day of its release. It was used on a submarine simulator game Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic.

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AssCreed

Assassin’s Creed II will need a constant connection to the internet to play the game. If the connection is severed, the game pauses and eventually quits. This DRM protection is the most extreme in recent times.

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