We just learned that Diablo III will be saddled with DRM that requires an active internet connection. If your internet is down, or you want to play on a laptop without a WiFi hotspot, that’s just too freaking bad for you. This announcement is generating all the usual rancor, “Burn in hell, Blizzard,” and, “ur drm iz 4 n00b fagz who eat teh p00pz,” etc.
But why do we even care?
We all know the deal with piracy and DRM, have heard the arguments both pro and con, and we all have our own rabid opinions on the matter. I’m not going to debate the need for DRM, I’m going to debate the need for Diablo III. (more…)