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Reverse engineered source code for Diablo is now on GitHub
22 June 2018 at 2:00 am UTC

You can get a cheap external optical drive with USB connector for that purpose

Feral Interactive have no plans to put their Linux ports on GOG
21 June 2018 at 6:02 pm UTC

F.UltraI can say that it's quite possible that Feral is obligated to release only on their own store+Steam with DRM

Why would 2K want Steam exclusivity with DRM for one version (Linux / macOS) and not for another (Windows)?

F.Ultrait's also possible that their license covers the version released and this new non-DRM release on GOG is a new version that Feral does not have license to.

This is most likely the case, contracts are usually narrowly worded. But it's not a blocker, Feral can just make an additional contract or update the current one if the original publisher (2K) is OK with the idea to begin with.

Feral Interactive have no plans to put their Linux ports on GOG
21 June 2018 at 1:52 pm UTC Likes: 2

namikoBut that's not going to happen, probably not in any of our lifetimes. DRM isn't going anywhere, either. I can't make enough money, code or wealthy family connections to significantly affect any of the important decisions being made about these things.

One person alone might not affect it, but effect is a sum of its parts. Summed effort changes things. So for instance distributor which requires DRM-free has more leverage on publishers, than an a single individual. That's why for example buying from DRM-free distributors and avoiding DRMed ones has a meaningful impact on this. The bigger such distributors get, the harder is for DRM obsessed publishers to ignore the simple fact that they are losing money by not selling in such stores. So don't underestimate each individual impact, they matter when they are combined.

GOG gave a few interviews about their successful efforts to convince previously DRM inclined publishers to release DRM-free using normal business arguments. They have a dedicated team just for that purpose.

Reverse engineered source code for Diablo is now on GitHub
21 June 2018 at 3:23 am UTC

slaapliedjeMore on topic, it is not illegal to reverse engineer things. People do it all the time, like openmw, etc.

"Clean room" reverse engineering is legal. Copying copyrighted code is not. So if they reconstructed the original engine from scratch - it's fine, but if they had code dumps from the original Blizzard code - then it's a problem.

Feral Interactive have no plans to put their Linux ports on GOG
20 June 2018 at 8:04 pm UTC

I agree with positive approach idea. So you propose to avoid answering any questions like "why is this or that bad"?

Feral Interactive have no plans to put their Linux ports on GOG
20 June 2018 at 7:48 pm UTC

scaineShmerl, how do you feel about the revelation that your anti-DRM stance is so vehemently articulated and you're so immovable in your views that you're actually encouraging pro-DRM behaviour from others?

That would be a negative thing, but how do you see it as movable exactly? I.e. let's say you are arguing with proponents of overreaching policing, that it violates people's rights. They'll tell you that policing is more important than freedom, which logically leads for them to some kind of dictatorial approach. Agreeing to that or endorsing it is a slippery slope.

Feral Interactive have no plans to put their Linux ports on GOG
20 June 2018 at 6:26 pm UTC Likes: 1

jensIt actually makes me kind-of sad to read again an implication that my choices are bad and that I need to improve.

Well, how do you see separating the two (i.e DRM as bad, and then financially supporting such practice)?

It's like people using Facebook. It doesn't make people who use it bad, but it contributes to the erosion of privacy for instance, which is bad.

Feral Interactive have no plans to put their Linux ports on GOG
20 June 2018 at 6:07 pm UTC

jensSteam users do actively support DRM, thus they behave bad, thus they are bad. That feels kind-of not very good.

Not sure where or why you got such impression, that's surely not the case. While I consider such choice bad, it doesn't necessarily make people bad, people make wrong choices too and they can do something to improve it in this case.

Feral Interactive have no plans to put their Linux ports on GOG
20 June 2018 at 5:38 pm UTC Likes: 1

@Purple Library Guy: very good summary of main argument points, thanks. To add to your point (B) above, while GOG indeed can have their own barriers, they aren't the only option for those who want to make DRM-free releases, so for Feral that barrier isn't necessarily driven by GOG specifically.

Feral Interactive have no plans to put their Linux ports on GOG
20 June 2018 at 4:42 pm UTC

namiko
Shmerl...if you see it as aggressive... such positions simply must be firm.
I quit. Thanks for showing you don't give two shits about anybody posting here.

Sure, there is no point in discussing it, if you see any firm position like above. As @sbolokanov said, DRM opponents and DRM proponents won't agree on this one.

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