2K Details Bioshock 2 PC DRM

"2K community manager Elizabeth goes in-depth on the DRM specifics for the upcoming Bioshock 2 game."

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With the release of the popular Bioshock sequel looming, one of the biggest concerns from gamers is the game's DRM methods.  In hopes of assuaging any fears players had, community manager Elizabeth has posted the specifications on the 2K forums.

First of all, the good news is that, while SecuRom will be used, its only purpose is to serve as a disc check for retail copies of the game or EXE/date checks for Steam versions.  Unfortunately, that's about the only real good news to be had here. 

Much to the dismay of many, Bioshock 2 will make use of Microsoft's Games for Windows Live system with non-SSA (Server Side Authentication) keys.  In going with this route, players are imposed with Microsoft's standard 15-activation limit.  Once a user has used up all 15 of their activations, they must contact Microsoft to obtain more.  In addition to this, users must connect to the Internet at least once during the installation of the game.

While this option is almost certainly better than going with SSA keys, the requirement of online activation (even if it is only once) and the limited number of activations have garnered quite the outcry.  Many have also voiced protest over the use of SecuRom in the Steam version of the game with the argument that Steam is already a generally-accepted form of DRM in itself.

If it's any consolation, 2K's Elizabeth has been hard at work keeping on top of things, clarifying various points and relaying user feedback to the developer team.  Feel free to voice your thoughts in the 2K forums thread here (courteously of course).

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12-01-2010, 17:22:53

killablade

do the 8 series i7 clock as good as the i5?



Yeah my mate got his i7-860 to 4Ghz stable using his Prolimatech Megahalems! :D
He even left a lot of voltages on auto so I think he can do 4,2+
Good enough? :p

12-01-2010, 17:31:04

thestepster
sounds like it! but aint the 860's like £100 more expensive tho?

13-01-2010, 01:35:31

General_Chris
i didnt ordered it yet so i will check what i official will get =)

13-01-2010, 04:01:27

thestepster
but go for intel mate you will get a much more versatile computer at the end of the day

13-01-2010, 07:11:49

AMDFTW
i would say AMD with the proc you was looking at,but i5 is a good choice if it can be had for the same price

13-01-2010, 07:18:02

thestepster
for 500 euros he has plenty of a budget to play about with to get an i5 for some intel goodies

13-01-2010, 17:26:38

killablade

for 500 euros he has plenty of a budget to play about with to get an i5 for some intel goodies



Yeah if he wants he can go i7. That's definitely what I would do.

13-01-2010, 17:28:55

thestepster
yeah id prefer that but the cpu on its own is about £250 thats more than half the budget then he's got a m/b case and ram to get from that and he should get a really good heatsink aswell for it

13-01-2010, 17:43:03

killablade

yeah id prefer that but the cpu on its own is about £250 thats more than half the budget then he's got a m/b case and ram to get from that and he should get a really good heatsink aswell for it



Is it? Cuz it's like 235 euro's here so I figured you'd be able to pick one up for 200-ish in the UK. Same goes for the motherboard. I figured 100 pounds for the 4GB Dominators 1600 Mhz kit and another 100 for the motherboard (GD-65). 100 for the case and a Mugen 2 to keep things cool. ;)
But as I said I don't know what the prices are in the UK as I dont know any websites that compare the prices of english stores so yeah I guess what I figured was wrong:p

13-01-2010, 17:46:03

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