Tuesday, September 9

The Gamer Bill of Rights

A couple weeks ago (yes, I'm terribly late on this one) Brad Wardell, CEO of Stardock made headlines with what he called the Gamer's Bill of Rights. They are a list of 10 things that he feels PC gamers should be granted, regardless of publisher or developer.

Not only that, but Brad says Stardock follows the BoR as well; believing it will help boost sales and the PC game industry itself.

Which if I do say so myself, should definitely help pick it up if enough devs get into this. Surely PC gamers are sick of throwing tons of money into updated graphics cards, more RAM, bigger HDs and then go out and buy the newest FPS only to have it be a broken shell of what could have been an awesome game.

"As an industry, we need to begin setting some basic, common sense standards that reward PC gamers for purchasing our games," explained Stardock CEO Brad Wardell. "On the PC, publishers can release games that are scarcely completed, poorly supported, and full of intrusive copy protection."

Check out the Gamer's Bill of Rights after the break, and yell out your battlecheer (whether it be w00t, yarrr, or KHAAAAAAAAAAN).

The Gamer's Bill of Rights
We the Gamers of the world, in order to ensure a more enjoyable experience, establish equality between players and publishers, and promote the general welfare of our industry hereby call for the following:

  • 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 adequately play on that computer.

  • Gamers shall have the right to expect that games won't install hidden drivers or other potentially harmful software without their express 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.

  • -Undrallio

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