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Old 08-29-08, 09:25 PM   #6
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Default Re: The Gamer's Bill of Rights Unveiled

Sorry, doesn't make sense.

"1. Gamers shall have the right to return games that don't work with their computers for a full refund."
The game works, your particular configuration has issues with it. No studio can test every hardware setup.
"2. Gamers shall have the right to demand that games be released in a finished state."
Vague. What's "finished"?
"3. Gamers shall have the right to expect meaningful updates after a game's release."
What if the game doesn't sell well? Who is going to pay for a studio to work on updates for a game that isn't doing well? There's a reason why Call of Duty 4 has tons of patches, because it has tons of players, and is selling really, really well.
"4. Gamers shall have the right to demand that download managers and updaters not force themselves to run or be forced to load in order to play a game."
You agree to terms when you buy it. If you don't agree, don't buy it. Sure, it's annoying to use online activation, etc. but studios are a business, and it has helped ensure the game sells well.
"5. Gamers shall have the right to expect that the minimum requirements for a game will mean that the game will adequately play on that computer."
Adequately? Some people don't mind a framerate of 20fps, some think 20fps is unbearable, etc. Very vague.
"6. Gamers shall have the right to expect that games won't install hidden drivers or other potentially harmful software without their express consent."
Starforce is pretty much gone. Securom is usually safe. Sometimes annoying, but safe.
"7. Gamers shall have the right to re-download the latest versions of the games they own at any time."
Who is paying the bills to keep the servers going to enable these downloads? Backup your games. Steam has a feature for that. Stay away from EA Downloader, and you'll be fine.
"8. Gamers shall have the right to not be treated as potential criminals by developers or publishers."
Do you leave your front door open because your neighbor isn't a criminal, or do you realize that your neighbors are good people, but people that aren't your neighbor may have ill will towards you or want something of yours?
"9. Gamers shall have the right to demand that a single-player game not force them to be connected to the Internet every time they wish to play."
Reasonable. Valve is the main offender for that, and Bioware/Mass Effect.
"10. Gamers shall have the right that games which are installed to the hard drive shall not require a CD/DVD to remain in the drive to play."
Does this really matter? Is it that hard to put a CD/DVD/Blu-ray in the drive?
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