I do have something against exploitative mentality pervading large publishing corporations where all that matters is the bottom line. Not the content, not the customers, certainly not the developers. Just profit. Its obscene, even more so when it monetizes something which is practically an art.
Ah, at last, somebody else calling a spade a spade. It pisses me off is when people defend corporations, saying they have a right to charge like wounded bulls... to manipulate products so as to inconvenience paying customers. It's like saying to the corporate big-wigs: "I don't mind paying extra to fund the obscene excesses of the corporate heirarchy... and I don't mind having to jump through hoops to use the product I legitimately paid for.
Corporations suck this attitude right up and believe they have a mandate to do as they please, so no, the excesses and manipulation will continue. The only way things will change for the better is when consumers unite to say enough is enough... we will no longer tolerate it.... boycotts Thing is, that's not likely to happen, either. Too many would still swallow the "must have" hype and hand over their hard earned regardless... and others, with more money than sense, just wouldn't care. Yup, corporations thrive on human weakness, apathy and stupidity, so it will be more of the same and the socio-economic gap will become so wide it's a chasm consumers can not leap. Maybe then, when consumers are priced/DRM'ed out of the market, no longer have the propensity to pay, maybe then the corporations will listen.
To put DRM another way! You live in a quiet street, but because an irresponsible motorist (who doesn't even live in it) is using it as a drag strip, the local authority blocks off the most popular/convenient entry...meaning you have to drive an extra 20 miles, pay $2.00 at 4 tool boths, cross 6 very dangerous intersections and risk damage to your car on an unsealed section of road just to get home. So, is it right that you and 2000 + other residents in your street are greatly inconvenienced because of the actions of one person? No, didn't think so.
It could be said that blocking off the street could save a life and therefore is more tolerable. The same, however, can not be said of DRM... it serves only to protect/maintain profits that, for the most part, drive corporate excesses, and thus, should not be tolerated. DRM does not deter pirates in the slightset, but rather it pisses off legitimate consumers, of whom, some get pissed off enough to eventually turn to pirated games, music, movies to avoid jumping through the hoops.
And then those same companies have the audacity of crying Wolf! when they've eaten more proverbial "sheep" than any pirate crew in the history of digital media.
And if we really looked at who brought more ruin to the lives of developers and the experiences of gamers, I doubt pirates would be the ones to take this unsavory title.
Yup, that pretty much covers it... in a nutshell. GREED.