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Nokia N-Gage games are locked to individual phones

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 23-May-2008 08:23

If you thought DRM is bad look at this other example: games for Nokia N-Gage are locked to a device and if you buy a new one, get it replaced under warranty - whatever - you have to buy the games again. Period. Quote from the article:


Nokia's next gen N-Gage platform potentially ushers in a new age of high quality connected phone gaming. However, it now seems that there's a rather large flaw at the heart of the platform: if you upgrade to a new phone, you cannot transfer any of your N-Gage games from the old phone. The only way to move your N-Gage library is to buy all your games again.


Nokia's official stated policy is that N-Gage activation codes should only work on the device where they were first activated, because they feel this is an important way to combat digital piracy and ensure that their partners are not losing out on sales.


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