In my research for an upcoming series I will post on the site I ran across an interesting tidbit. I found the post on Pixelantes and was created by developer, Stardock. This is a Gamer’s Bill of Rights when it comes to software and they games they purchase.
- Gamers shall have the right to return games that don’t work with their computers for a full refund.
- Gamers shall have the right to demand that games be released in a finished state.
- Gamers shall have the right to expect meaningful updates after a game’s release.
- Gamers shall have the right to demand that download managers and updaters not force themselves to run or be forced to load in order to play a game.
- Gamers shall have the right to expect that the minimum requirements for a game will mean that the game will play adequately on that computer.
- Gamers shall have the right to expect that games won’t install hidden drivers or other potentially harmful software without their consent.
- Gamers shall have the right to re-download the latest versions of the games they own at any time.
- Gamers shall have the right to not be treated as potential criminals by developers or publishers.
- Gamers shall have the right to demand that a single-player game not force them to be connected to the Internet every time they wish to play.
- Gamers shall have the right that games which are installed to the hard drive shall not require a CD/DVD to remain in the drive to play.
After spending [and wasting] nearly 10 years of my life on development, gamers have no rights when it comes to software or the games they purchase. As long as the developer and publisher get their money, no one cares less what end users do. Sad, but true. Rarely, if ever do developers support a game for more than a few months with fixes and updates, possible a few years (not including new development , as expansion packs). So as PC games continue to climb in price, remember what rights you have when you shell out your hard earned dollar. Nothing, even though this Gamer’s Bill of Rights is an interesting concept.