Gamer's Bill of Rights
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The Gamer's Bill of Rights is the brainchild of Stardock CEO Brad Wardell and lists a set of ten rights he believes gamers should have. The rights are designed to improve the relationship between gamers and game companies by making games easier to use by means of limiting digital rights management. It is intended to promote Stardock's games through a friendly and approachable atmosphere and in theory increase sales. The Gamer's Bill of Rights also advocates purchasing through multiple streams and easy product replacement if the original is lost or damaged.
- 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 publisher.
- 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.
Chris Taylor of Gas Powered Games praised the Gamer's Bill of Rights as "An awesome framework for the industry to aspire to." and "[A method to] provide our customers with the gaming experience that they have wanted for years, and really deserve."