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The age of games before DRM

Does anyone remember having DRM-free games?
Like the first few CD based no DRM games...

Did you ever pirate them? I remember copy-pasting a few DRM-free games to my hard drive and just enjoying them whenever I wanted, but I don't remember a major pass around of those games...

Just an interesting thought.

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They were using DRM way back in the Apple 2 days to stop you copying floppy disks you know...

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I remember

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I played a game called Quest for Glory that wasn't DRMed. It wasn't even on CD, just a floppy. They used Analog Rights Management - you needed the map on the box it came in to finish the game.

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alot of games used this

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it worked.. till people got enough questions and shared the answers..

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I gotta load up old DOOM

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The First Protected Game I Came Across Was...

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...M.U.L.E. for the Commodore 64.

The original disc had no write ptotect notch so if you copied the game but left the notch uncovered M.U.L.E. would see the disc was unprotected and scramble a bit on the disc. That scrambled bit kept the game from loading.

The way to defeat the protection was to simply cover the notch...

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Danger Mouse

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I had a danger mouse game for the commodore 64 where you start off in a cage with a combination lock on it. You had to know the combination from the box or manual, I don't recall which, to get out and start the game.

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Steam is the way to go

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Is all about Steam baby, just login and have your games whatever you go, no more discs, no more reading errors, just download and play.
I try other digital distribution services but Steam is by far the best. Is the game is not on Steam I won't play it, simple.

I recommend you check out the digital downloads services, is Steam doesn't do it for you then try another one.

PS: I can't really recommend the EA Online Store because, they steal my games! (and I can't buy there if I'm overseas) Damn you EA!

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Let's see...

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I remember a tycoon game back in 1999 or something like that (it only ran on 95 and 98) which was DRM-ed.

Red Alert 2 was DRM-ed
I think there was a mario like DOS game which wasn't DRM-ed way back.

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Non DRMed for me

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was Alleycat. DOS games were the best *sigh*.

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