It seems that the DRM on Gears of War came with a built-in shut off date: the digital certificate for the game was only good until January 28, 2009. Now that the game fails to work unless you adjust your system's clock, what's Epic's response? "We're working on it."
Wow.. Talk about disastrous and inexcusable. Pretty retarded DRM (yeah that's redundant) too if it can be worked around with just a clock change.It's just total bullshit to implement a scheme that obviously even the developers fail to understand in order to ONLY punish those who actually paid for the damn thing.
Rein said online cheat detection features in Gears of War for Windows are based on digital signatures. "We made an embarassing mistake," he said. "We signed the executable with a certificate that expired in a way that broke the game."Rein said Epic is working with Microsoft to re-sign the binaries properly, and they "hope to have this fixed very soon."We know how much this situation sucks, and we apologize for the inconvenience," he said.I just like hearing an executive speaking in my language, for once. This isn't merely inconvenient — leaving the remote control in the kitchen is inconvenient. This sucks. Woo-hoo for calling it like it is, although he still calls it inconvenient, I guess because it's not a matter of personal safety.Meantime, Rein suggests backdating your computer's clock to a date before today in order to play Gears of War.
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