EA admits that DRM is dumb

Jeff Green said that Command and Conquer is unplayable

EA.com's editor-in-chief and blogger Jeff Green has written in his blog that he has been burnt by Command & Conquer 4's DRM.

EA created a storm when it required users to be online at all times to play. Green wrote on his Twitter account that he has had to boot twice and lost his progress because his DSL connection dropped.

EA To Charge For Game Demos

Kohato brings word of a new Electronic Arts marketing strategy that aims to start monetizing game demos. According to industry analyst Michael Patcher after an EA investor visit, the publisher will start selling "premium downloadable content" prior to a game's release for $10-$15 that is essentially a longer-than-usual demo.

EA Server Shutdowns Announced

A dozen EA games are scheduled to lose online multiplayer support over March and April when their servers are shut down, the video games colossus has revealed, including The Godfather on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and Mercenaries 2 on PC.

EA states that the games on the hitlist "represent less than 0.3% of all peak online players across all EA titles"--no doubt seeking to avoid a repeat of the upset following the last round of shutdowns, which hit Madden NFL 09 and Facebreaker among others.

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