Originally Posted by Jennifer
Another thing to point out is that Telltale's activation process isn't that invasive anyway, and there's an option to not have to be online to do it. I didn't have internet access for a long time on my home computer, so I e-mailed Telltale and they sent me an activation serial number for my games. It's not really like DRM (not in the traditional sense anyway), so it shouldn't really be a deal breaker.
As some of you know, I refuse to play a LOT of games because of their DRM, and I could always accept the one time activation in Telltale's games.
However, things have changed quite a bit with TWD. You can of course still play offline, but with some notable repercussions. If I remember correctly, former games tried to access Telltale's servers only during logout - leaving some kind of black info hole website on the goodbye screen when no data was returned pretty immediately. Not nice to look at, but no harm done and no time wasted.
Things are different when you start up TWD. This game tries for ages to establish a connection on every startup, not understanding when there is none, making you wait quite a bit for nothing at all. It ALWAYS wants to update patches, statistics and a pretty out of franchise character "live ticker" without your consent
, and if communication with the server goes somehow wrong, it can even revoke the activation
, which many users have experienced. That is NOT the kind of DRM I'm looking for.
It must not be that way, and there is no place on Telltale's site where those DRM mechanics are actually explained to the customers.
I do find it invasive, and it doesn't give users with an "always on" internet connection a chance to prevent the game from reaching out to Telltale's servers. I doubt that retail disc customers will receive the same treatment, so more advantages to the actual episodic format opponents. A lot of work has to be done in that area, and I really hope these cans of worms are already fumigated for Fables. This is an area of utmost improvement necessity for me, along with the immediate return of the single episode installer download.