The Video Gamers of the Year

Yesterday, Kotaku kicked off its look back on 2013 with our (and your) nominees for Game of the Year. Just as important as the games, though, are the very real people who play them. For the second year, we're also naming our Gamers of the Year, people who made contributions on behalf of video gaming's regular… » 12/18/13 7:01pm 12/18/13 7:01pm

Online Petition Demands Return of Xbox One DRM

Video game petitions have a very long and mostly pointless history. As I've said several times, an Internet petition is worth the paper it is printed on. But I'll give a little publicity to this thing, because it's the most ridiculous one I've seen yet (that includes this.) » 7/10/13 11:00am 7/10/13 11:00am

Xbox One DRM Reversal Is Proof That Speaking Out Can Get Results

Complaining on the internet, I am often told, doesn't amount to much of anything. Clicking "Like" or retweeting for a cause are nothing more than "Slacktivism," a type of problem-solving that only lazy millennials could have come up with. » 6/19/13 10:00pm 6/19/13 10:00pm

The Witcher's Anti-DRM Studio Finds Itself in a Bind with Xbox One

Few major developers could be as publicly anti-DRM as CD Projekt Red, makers of the Witcher series. Yet there they were with The Witcher 3, getting a good five minutes of stage time with the Xbox One, the face of console DRM going forward. The studio is committed to releasing on Xbox One but none too happy about being… » 6/13/13 9:30pm 6/13/13 9:30pm

Mario's Creator Likens Game Ownership to Toy Ownership

It's clear what Microsoft thinks of game ownership—the Xbox One's policies don't communicate much of a belief in it. Sony scored a lot of points on Monday, but to be fair, it was a defense of the status quo. Where does Nintendo come down on the subject? » 6/13/13 10:20am 6/13/13 10:20am

EA Denies Asking Microsoft For Used Games DRM

The natural assumption to make when confronted with Microsoft's used game restrictions is to blame video game publishers. They're the ones who went to war with GameStop over used game resales, they're the ones who instituted online passes, they're the ones who stand to benefit from anything that can make people buy… » 6/11/13 11:30pm 6/11/13 11:30pm

Redbox Takes a Mild Shot at Xbox One, PS4 Over Used-Game Concerns

While the rent-by-mail service GameFly is keeping quiet on what Xbox One may mean to its future, the kiosk rental service Redbox has begun a modest lobbying campaign to remind gamers that game rentals, used games, even taking them to a friend's home are in serious jeopardy under the new console generation. » 6/09/13 1:00pm 6/09/13 1:00pm

Twitter Rises Up In Protest Over The PS4's Rumored Used Games DRM

Yesterday, GameTrailers TV host Geoff Keighley said that, according to his sources, the PlayStation 4 will employ some form of digital rights management when dealing with used games. Twitter's gamer community took it upon themselves to show Sony how bad an idea this is. » 5/27/13 6:15am 5/27/13 6:15am

EA Labels President Calls DRM a "Failed, Dead-End Strategy," Says

At GDC, had the opportunity to talk to EA Labels president Frank Gibeau about SimCity and its always-online requirement, which caused a considerable amount of grief to many players at the game's launch. Gibeau acknowledged this, but insisted that what SimCity had wasn't DRM. » 3/28/13 5:00am 3/28/13 5:00am

Cloud Computing is Why the New SimCity Needs an Always-On Connection,…

A couple weeks ago, the SimCity gang at Maxis held an AMA at Reddit. That may not have been such a smart idea. They don't like DRM over there, for any reason, and SimCity's gonna require an always-on Internet connection to play it, in any mode. It's no surprise that this comment, a compendium of anti-DRM remarks, was… » 12/26/12 11:00am 12/26/12 11:00am

What Works Better: DRM? Or Just Being Nice to Pirates?

Earlier this week, Hotline Miami released and very quickly became the indie flavor of the minute. Then the story emerged that the game's maker went into the forums at The Pirate Bay, home of, well, pirates, and provided technical support to people who were, technically, stealing the game. » 10/27/12 3:00pm 10/27/12 3:00pm