I liked the RTS game “Rise Of Nations”. I saw a copy of the Sequel, “Rise Of Legends” in the discount bin for $10 and I bought it.
The game has a “connect to patch server” feature. However, the publisher, Big Huge Games, is now bankrupt. The patch server no longer exists!
Because Big Huge Games went bankrupt, I can’t patch the game I bought!
The developers thought they were being clever. The only allowed people to patch in-game, as a form a DRM. You can’t download and install the patch separately.
That’s the fallacy of DRM. If the publisher goes bankrupt, the DRM is useless. Because of the “download patch in-game” feature, I can no longer patch the game I bought!
I should have researched my purchase better, but it was only $10.
It turns out that you can download the patch manually. If you download the files and put them in the right directory, you can patch it manually.
Someone put made a copy of the patch, and put it up for download. However, they put the files on Megaupload! They’re gone now. When I search for “Rise Of Legends Patch Download”, all the search results point to the same dead Megaupload link!
I’m angry at Big Huge Games. I can’t patch Rise Of Legends. The patch server went down when they went bankrupt. I tried downloading the patch manually, but all the sources are Megaupload.
This is an excellent example of evil DRM. Once a publisher goes bankrupt, the DRM is useless.
I asked on a retrogaming BitTorrent tracker, and someone uploaded the patch for me (http://www.magnetoid.com/RoL_Patches.7z) (link now broken, see below)! He said I could share the link. That link died, so I re-uploaded it here.
That is amusing. People complained to Microsoft about the patch server being down, and got no answer. I asked on an “illegal filesharing” website, and got an answer. I get better customer service from an “illegal filesharing” website than from Microsoft!
Edit (Feb 09 2013): The original link is now broken. I had already downloaded the file, and I re-uploaded it here.
Here’s the new link. Let me know if there’s any problems.