It is not often in this industry that one has cause for genuine appreciation of DRM, yet with the release of Serious Sam 3: BFE Croteam have achieved just such a feat through the implementation of some truly inspired DRM.
Video games are a creative medium, so it always comes as something of a disappointment when new titles opt for mean corporate quick fixes such as the Online Pass, instead of developing unique solutions which make the most of developer ingenuity to create anti-piracy measures as humorous as they are effective. In this respect Croteam are industry leaders. The Serious Sam3: BFE programming is able to detect when the game is being run from an illegal copy, and responds by sending an invulnerable pink scorpion after hapless pirates, literally pursuing them from beginning to end of the game, denying them even a moment of peace. If forum responses are anything to go by then this measure has been Most effective and pirate responses have ranged between bemusement and ill-will – providing much in the way of hilarity for people who pay money for their games.
Serious Sam 3: BFE is being hailed as an enjoyable throwback to the classic first person shooters of the ’90s, and as the game that Duke Nukem Forever should have been. It is currently available for purchase for the PC through Steam and via brick and mortar storefronts.