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If you use a copy form GOG, launch it and watch your %appdata% and HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software locations you will see Securom is not installed and nothing is written to the registry.

I just tested with a standalone EXE install and though GOG Galaxy. The current files don't install Securom anymore that i can find on a clean system with monitor program watching and reg change tracker active.

FEAR.exe, FEARXP.exe, FEARXP2.exe launch there processes access graphic runtimes and there own files in install directory like most games do. There is literally no trace of Securom found anywhere from launching these on a Win10 1909 System.

sidenote: F.E.A.R. doesn't seem to have the FPS slowdown anymore, maybe a windows patch or something changed in new Nvidia drivers but YAY!
Post edited February 14, 2020 by Starkrun
Unfortunately there is no specific definition of DRM. GOG is right if the meaning is: "You can copy and use the version freely, without any CD check or product activation."

Of course you can claim that SecuROM's anti-debugging measures are also a type of DRM, because they restrict the software you can use.
However then every anti-cheat measure would be DRM too: Valve's VAC tries to prevent you from using a wallhack while playing Counter-Strike on your own computer. That is a kind of restriction. Hey, there are even some old MS-DOS games which scramble their save games in order to restrict the use of hex editors.

Should GOG remove this save game scrambling too? ;)
Post edited February 15, 2020 by dabba
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dabba: Unfortunately there is no specific definition of DRM. GOG is right if the meaning is: "You can copy and use the version freely, without any CD check or product activation."
That is GOG's meaning. You can back it up, run it without ever using the internet, and thus it is DRM free. If you don't agree with that definition that's your right, but I don't think you can demand GOG agree with you.

Technically GOG still sell limited licenses they can revoke, according to the terms. Yet you'd never actually delete a backup because they told you to. Sometimes you have to accept a company is doing the best they can and understand no one else is even trying.
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Starkrun: If you use a copy form GOG, launch it and watch your %appdata% and HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software locations you will see Securom is not installed and nothing is written to the registry.

I just tested with a standalone EXE install and though GOG Galaxy. The current files don't install Securom anymore that i can find on a clean system with monitor program watching and reg change tracker active.

FEAR.exe, FEARXP.exe, FEARXP2.exe launch there processes access graphic runtimes and there own files in install directory like most games do. There is literally no trace of Securom found anywhere from launching these on a Win10 1909 System.

sidenote: F.E.A.R. doesn't seem to have the FPS slowdown anymore, maybe a windows patch or something changed in new Nvidia drivers but YAY!
This is excellent news...I wonder what changed, though?