But I will not pay for malware.
Nobody does either ways; legally bought or pirated copies.
What most people hate, i gather, is supplemental verifications (through hidden processes) by code taking up useless space on their PC... i KNOW that also.
But, worst if there isn't anything to protect YOUR paid software (not malware, need i insist) from being stolen from YOU (and not by Pirates or from the publisher itself) - what value do you get to install on the PC?
Enter password. Security. ATM money in your bank account. Why do you think criminals try to use fake credit cards?
I have three registration codes for GC2 DL/DA/TA products that i paid for. Stardock KNOWS i'm a legitimate buyer. They even think of me as a customer, not a Pirate.
I paid for DesktopX, registered too.
None of these programs are malware, even if they check some tabs on their database (in a fraction of a second i should add) and constantly acknowledge my presence on Impulse when these products need to be updated. As a service - to a CUSTOMER, not a Pirate.
That's how precious our identity is, even for such things as games (paid for) installed on a PC.
You are paying for malware. When you buy certain games and install then, they install malware drm onto your system.
Your confusing the points. the DRM that Stardock uses isn't very invasive, and isn't as bad as the ones other companies use. Most of us don't mind activating our product, and proving that we are still the owners when it's time to update and the like. I have zero complaints about it, but part of me is worried that when stardock crashes something will happen and our beautiful games won't be able to update anymore.
A lot of DRM from EA games is installed on your system without your knowledge, and is not uninstalled from your system. Ever. Some programs (such as punk buster) will run everytime your PC starts up, even after you've uninstalled every game that is included with it. There's not an easy way to uninstall it either. DRM doesn't stop pirates, so why is it still in existance?
If you were buying a car, and for $3000 more, you could have a piece of paper taped to the window that says "this glass is shatterproof, so don't bother breaking in", would you buy it? That sign is just as effective, if not more effective than current DRM is against pirates.
We're not ranting for free everything, no disk checks, etc. We're saying that we don't deserve to have restricted activations, online necessary 1st person games that must call home every 10 days, invasive programs that aren't uninstalled without tedious work, etc. You are paying for malware. Not all DRM is evil, but current DRM in general is idiotic. I have never, ever, heard a single intelligent rebuttle to any of the key points of the anti-drm arguements. At least not any that can withstand a round or two of objections to their logic.