Xbox One and PS4 targets of NeoGAF's No DRM Phase 2 campaign in June
Scan through some of the most controversial gaming stories of the past year, and one thing will immediately become clear: Gamers hate DRM. While intended as a means to prevent piracy, the implementation of Digital Rights Management (DRM) in various games has caused internet-related errors and has prevented hundreds of gamers from playing titles that they paid real money for.
There have been no shortage of rumors that both Xbox One and Playstation 4 (or PS4) will utilize DRM in some form, and many gamers are refusing to stand for it.The members of popular gaming message board NeoGAF are planning a second big public push to get the attention of both Sony and Microsoft, according to an e-mail. User famousmortimer started the initial campaign last week, which focused on the Playstation 4 and quickly got the attention of Sony.
"We have successfully made it very, very clear to Sony how we feel," said famousmortimer on NeoGAF, after Sony made several positive responses to the passionate campaign.
NeoGAF users hope to make an even bigger push on June 5, as they plan on catching the attention of the entire gaming world just days before E3. This second phase of the anti-DRM campaign will begin at 8am EST/5am PST, and users can utilize the hashtags #PS4NoDRM and #XboxOneNoDRM to join the conversation.
This isn't the first time DRM has been a contentious topic amongst outspoken gamers, as popular PC titles such as Diablo 3 and more infamously SimCity have had massive meltdowns at launch due to DRM-related lockouts. Sony's DRM policy still remains unclear, while all Microsoft has said is that Xbox One must be online at least once a day. If true, this would make it impossible for Xbox One owners in internet-free zones, such as military bases, to play the games they've purchased.
For more information on the NeoGAF campaign, there is an official website with more details, user-created videos about DRM, and various links to the media coverage that the campaign has helped stirred up. Do you plan on joining the conversation on Wednesday and letting your voice be heard?