A company wants to rent rather than sell games software to consumers and will use software encryption to prevent theft of the code.
Gamester, based in Bradford, Yorkshire, said today it hopes to introduce a system at over 250 retail outlets in the UK which will use a system called Smec (smart system encryption circuitry) to safeguard intellectual property.
Meith Abdhulhayoglu, MD of Gamester, claimed: ?There is no uncrackable system but ours would take 63 billion years to crack. No-one?s attacking the piracy angle and we?ve packaged this as a rental system. We?re offering credit to people who want to rent games.?
The Smec is a PC-compatible hardware device which requires people who rent CDs from games companies Ocean, Psygnosis and Europress to also buy a floppy disk for #20. The CD cannot run without this floppy which matches code on the Smec device. CDs also have a signature which links to both the floppy and the Smec.
According to Abdhulhayoglu, that will make it easier to offer CD games software through as many as 250 retail outlets on a rental basis. The software encryption system is based on military standards, he said.
John Fenton, MD of distributor Osmosis, said that he thought the system could also have applications to prevent business software piracy.
?It is the first secure software distribution channel available in the world,? he said. ?Security is continual through installation to the death of the machine, it enforces licensing rights and gives total encryption of software.?
Delays to the roll-out of age verification for adult websites hasn't stopped government from considering extending them to more websites
Bluehole confirms rumours that Playstation 4 port is coming on 7 December
Atmospheric iodine works as a significant sink of tropospheric ozone, nullifying the harmful pollutant
A temperature rise of just 1.8° C would melt major ice sheets