CD Projekt RED Takes Shots at DRM in The Witcher 3; Promotes GOG


CD Projekt RED, the studio responsible for one of the most excellent open world action role-playing video game series of all-time, is a well-known, stalwart opponent of Digital Rights Management system that is used to protect video games and media content from online piracy. Not only the developer has kept its latest RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt DRM-free, but it also uses the game to poke fun at the use of DRM.

The Witcher 3 In-Game Book Pokes Fun at DRM - Describes How it Can be Bypassed Using GOG

There’s a book in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt that takes shots at DRM by talking about its practice and how to use GOG to bypass it. As you can see in the image shared above, which was sent to Kotaku by a player, there is a book that you find in-game titled Gottfried’s Omni-opening Grimoire (GOG). It discusses the subject of the Defensive Regulatory Magicon, readily shortened to DRM. If you can’t read the text properly in the image provided above; here it is:

The Defensive Regulatory Magicon (or DRM for short) belongs to the above-mentioned group of the longest-lasting, most effective and hardest to break defensive mechanisms. In order to recognize the individual administering it, it makes use of a portal mounted at the entrance of the area it is to defend. This portal passes streams of magical energy through the body of the person entering and can, in the blink of an eye, determine if this person has the corporeal signature (eyeball structure included) of the entitled administrator. As a result, the only unauthorized individuals that can possibly hope to enter are mimics.

DRM thus makes for an extremely effective and near-unbreakable security measure - but you are in luck, for you hold in your hands the key to bypassing it, namely the present tome, Gottfried’s Omni-opening Grimore, or GOG for short. In the pages to follow you will find innumerable methods for deactivating DRM, or, even better, bypassing it altogether (…)

This is what the book has to say about DRM. Of course, this an ingenious gesture to fans who are aware of DRM and GOG. Those who don’t have much know-how about what Digital Rights Management  is would likely not find the book's contents to be noteworthy.