Posted by: talkjack | October 25, 2008

How to identify if a PC game is likely to have nasty DRM included? EA stands for Electronic Aggravation.

Any experienced PC gamer knows that certain PC games come with unpleasant, invasive DRM systems that secretly interfere with your computer’s setup and can cause problems for legitimate customers. For more information on this subject, click here to see how some games have DRM which interferes with a customer’s rights to enjoy the product they purchase, or worse.

The problem for customers is that these games are secretive. The DRM in use is not always prominently displayed on the packaging. Some DRM systems interfere with Windows and install DRM secretly, in a manner reminiscent of a computer virus or nasty spyware, and can be just as difficult to remove.

For customers, DRM on PC games has become a form of Electronic Aggravation. The games companies who impose nasty DRM on computer games know that it is unpopular with honest customers. There have been a massive amount of customer protests online, which you can find by searching for ‘DRM is killing PC games’. So companies do their best to prevent customers making an informed decision at the time of purchase by withholding DRM details.

For a long time now, Talkjack has supported the idea of publishing the DRM system’s logo on the packaging with equal prominence to all the other logos displayed. Games publishers have been predictably silent to this simple request for honesty on their part. And they have lost sales from long term gaming hobbyists in the process.

However, throughout 2008 Talkjack has spotted a way to identify some of the worst DRM’d games on the shelves. They proudly bear the image ‘EA’, which has come to stand for Electronic Antagonism, or Electronic Aggravation.

Whilst not foolproof, the EA image on packaging has come to be a warning sign that there might be something unpleasant lurking on the game disc. Talkjack has learned the hard way that if he sees the EA written on the box, then some form of Electronic Aggro is likely to be forced upon him.

So, from 2008 on into 2009, until there is a change of change of heart, the EA image on a PC game has become a warning sign that some Electronic Aggravation is likely to be imposed on the customer. Talkjack has learned to put the game back on the shelf and keep his money safely in his pocket.

Fortunately there are still plenty of PC games released which do not contain Electronic Aggravation.  Logos like Bethesda and Stardock have come to stand for customer friendliness, the opposite of Electronic Aggravation.

So, whenever you see the letters ‘EA’, recall the phrase ‘Electronic Aggravation’ and spend your money wisely!

(c) Copyright Talkjack 2009



  1. hello guys !
    Look here of what shit i have to swalow to play my rightfully buyed game !

    and here :

    • Hi Alex

      That is appalling customer service! I can see no valid reason why they could not have relaxed the DRM to allow people to play the games they have paid for. It just goes to show how anti-customer DRM is turnining out to be for PC Gamers.

      If the company shows no respect for paying customers then vote with your wallet and avoid buying games with draconian DRM. When you, or someone you know has suffered loss of service, loss of money or technical problems because of DRM then make sure you never again buy games with harsh and unfrendly DRM. All these companies seem to care about is money, not their customer’s happines.


  2. Tsk, not anymore. Bethesda has switched to Steamworks DRM, which doesn’t work for me, and that makes me angry. I feel betrayed.

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