Bethesda accidentally shipped Doom Eternal with a DRM-free executable


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It's probably from all the keyloggers that it contains :)
I would guess that it takes snapshots of your system and installed executables, and sends the details back to Denuvo, to see if you have any hacking software installed.

Denuvo says most [new?] games are sold in the first 30 days so it's not really a problem when they get cracked. They don't address when the "unprotected" game is included as a single 67mb exe inside the distribution folder.

Benefits of running a 67mb game vs 500gb game.
  • SSDs have room for another game!
  • 144fps! Constant!
  • DLSS v2 works a little better!
  • Nvidia Experience Spyware Game Ready drivers download 19x faster at 1/12th the size!
  • Interstitital ads removed!

CDPR / GOG doesn't need DRM because there are so many gamers that like the company and want to support them by buying the full version of the game.
Conversely, there are so few people that like Bethesda now (after Fallout 76) and have little desire to support them.
Moral: It's only the companies that rip off their customers that need to invest in DRM.

You're an optimist aren't you? :) :)


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CD Red doesn't use it and had no trouble selling games. DRM is just a waste of money and time. Denuvo has been cracked last year. Every Denuvo. They chose to pay for the useless gimmick it's their loss.
You know, people that pirate titles wouldn't have payed for them anyway. That dude in Africa making GM cars for $300 a month is not a thief, he is just poor because he is being exploited. He saves for a year to afford a console or a PC to be able to play some games, and each game costs 1/5th of his hard earned PC. So he gets around it. Real thieves are big companies exploiting poor people, making them slave away so they could eat and have electricity.

Rich entitled pricks coined and now use word "thieves" for pirates, as if they are stealing something from them. we come back at "if I copy your car and you are non the wiser, did I steal something from you?"

it's much easier to be honest game player when you can just find 50 bucks lying around.

Here's some info about there thought process -

This was when they removed DRM from Witcher 2.

"Adam Badowski, CD Projekt RED Development Director, commented, "Our goal is to make our fans and customers happy and to reward them for buying our game and DRM schemes does not support our philosophy as they might create obstacles for users of legally bought copies. Our approach to countering piracy is to incorporate superior value in the legal version. This means it has to be superior in every respect: less troublesome to use and install, with full support, and with access to additional content and services. So, we felt keeping the DRM would mainly hurt our legitimate users.