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Thanks Copy Protection

Bought Company of Heroes off of Steam this morning. I’m generally an RTS hater, but since everyone around me seems to be playing it constantly, I thought I’d give it a try, so that if nothing else, I would be able to whine about specifics, rather than just in general. And Relic did Homeworld, the only RTS worth playing, so…

As it turns out, the game needs to authenticate itself against THQ’s servers, which would be fine, if we weren’t behind a firewall. And since it can’t phone home to mama, it asks me politely to insert the disc… Wait, what?

As it so happens, I happen to have a disc I can use, which I promptly put it in… But, of course that doesn’t work.

Horror stories of copy protection schemes are abundant. It’s a sad state of affairs, when I would have saved both money, time and a headache by downloading the game illegally. And let’s face it, it’s a 4-year-old game; if you’re still worried about copy protection, you’ve got your priorities wrong.

Can we please get past this? How can the experience of buying a game get worse as our technology gets better? It makes no sense.

Update: Tried authenticating via a cellphone instead, to bypass the firewall. Still no luck.