Upon hearing about this new encryption chip that has surfaced, designed to make PC video game piracy a thing of the past, I was intrigued. While this is clearly targeting gaming, could this not also work well to police other activities on your computer? Despite this likely being something that would have to be maliciously flashed to be a threat, anything that is restricting what I do with my computer is not welcome in my home. DRM is yet, another example…
I fully understand and even agree to a certain point that software piracy is an issue. Yet magically, for some mystical reason, the otherwise ineffective means of piracy prevention have prevented these affected companies from going bankrupt? Why? Simple, because most people are willing to buy a product than dance around like some crazed madman in a weak attempt to break the existing product keys and pirate the software.
Case in point – Windows 2K and back, each of these releases were amazingly simple to pirate should the user opt to. As long as there was a valid key, it would install. And yet, Microsoft appears to be doing pretty well for themselves, despite this apparent piracy threat.
Maybe it is time to take the Apple approach, as their OS licensing is a much easier thing to get ones mind around. Besides, am I the only one finding it rather suspect that the founder of the long since DOA Atari is making the suggestion that this chip will put an end to piracy? Come on!