For single-player games, account-based DRM often does not affect the game to any real degree, as you can play them with an offline profile without activation.Because of this, many consider single-player account-based DRM to not be DRM at all because it does not require any contact beyond having the packages installed; no Internet connection is required.
The benefit to this, however, is that DLC, if it exists, is more easily managed than below. In this case, the EA account is not required to access single-player (in some cases, it may be required to activate the game).
I know that Team Fortress 2 runs fine on this machine. I kind of feel like i'm making some ground here, but just need to know where to go next. mtafferyeah, none of the compatibility settings work.
Is there a known problem with Windows 8 and this free version of the game? Thanks, mtaffer Alonia, Did you have any issues at all with the install. Tried both windows 7 and XP on the executable..get the launch screen, but it immediately comes back and says the version does not meet the minimal requirements. Would removing starforce maybe fix this issue...after all this is the free verson and why does it even matter?
DRM associated with accounts is weaker than most but still present, requiring online activation via CD key to access online services such as multiplayer and profile stats.
These games require you to activate the game through their servers and use their accounts to activate the game, and many require these accounts to access the game.