Game Patches That Remove DRM

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Game Patches That Remove DRM
DRM aims to limit copyright infringement. (Video game controller image by Christopher Meder from

DRM or Digital Rights Management is a form of anti-piracy used by companies who sell electronic media such as music, movies and computer games. Modern games have robust methods of protecting against piracy by using hardware checks and other software behind the scenes that determines whether you are using a real copy of the game by checking the CD or other parameters. Some DRM software, such as Starforce, has been criticised for acting like malware and interfering with normal computer processes.

Battlefield Bad Company 2

Patch v522175 for the Steam version of EA's online shooter Bad Company 2 removed the SecuROM protection. EA integrated Bad Company into Steam's digital distribution service and SecuROM was no longer necessary since all Steam games are already tied to an account.

Warcraft 3

Blizzard's 1.21b patch for Warcraft 3 lets users play without the game CD in their disk drive. This was a radical move for Blizzard but also part of their transition to digital releases. Starcraft 2 is also playable without the CD key and all Blizzard games are now tied to an online account and product keys for each game.

Red Alert 3

Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 initially shipped with DRM that limited the number of installs for the game. Patch 1.05 removes that limit, but still requires that the game CD be in the your drive while playing.

Crysis Warhead

Crytek's game Crysis Warhead shipped with DRM that limits the number of installs to a finite amount. In order to free up installs if someone uninstalled Crysis Warhead, Crytek released a tool that deactivates the install during removal and frees up one of five slots to reinstall the game elsewhere.

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