Certificate error makes Gears of War for PC unplayable

According to Eurogamer, a Windows digital certificate has been the cause of many problems for many Gears of War players on the PC recently. Many players have been unable to start the game due to a hard-coded date in the certificate that prevents the game being played from that date onwards.

Players have received a message saying "You cannot run the game with modified executable code. Please reinstall the game". The issue has brought up more questions in regards to the role of DRM protection methods, with many wondering if Gears of War is alone on this issue. TorrentFreak has reported that pirated copies of the game have also been affected by the issue, saying "it must be well hidden if the usually alert crackers didn't spot it," and raising concern about whether any other titles will be affected by similar issues.

A super-moderator on the Epic forums has announced that the issue is being worked on. In the meantime, several temporary fixes have been found. One of these includes setting the system date back to before January 28 2009, but of course that may present issues with other things.

There's been no comment from Microsoft, the publisher of the game, as of yet, but Epic are working with them to resolve the issue. Nothing has been said about whether there will be the same issue with other Games for Windows titles either, although it's likely that this is just a one off slip up, only affecting Gears of War.

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You have to be joking? death to DRM would be death to the games industry! you may not like it (I know I don't) but DRM is what's keeping it alive. A while ago a game company (can't remember who it was) tried releasing their game DRM free, they went under because most of the people pirated it (i.e. no DRM resulted in a massive increase in piracy). DRM must stay but it needs to be toned down so it still does it job but doesn't annoy the hell out of paying customers (which is possible, Steam manages to pull it off relatively well)

Xerxes said,
You have to be joking? death to DRM would be death to the games industry! []

That's your opinion, and I say you are wrong. No way I am buying Sims3 even though I'd really like to. The moment they say they won't include SecuRom, I'll order it at Amazon.

Xerxes said,
You have to be joking? death to DRM would be death to the games industry! you may not like it (I know I don't) but DRM is what's keeping it alive. A while ago a game company (can't remember who it was) tried releasing their game DRM free, they went under because most of the people pirated it (i.e. no DRM resulted in a massive increase in piracy). DRM must stay but it needs to be toned down so it still does it job but doesn't annoy the hell out of paying customers (which is possible, Steam manages to pull it off relatively well)

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA

please name one PC title with or without DRM that was not cracked and provided via a number of distribution methods.

ill wait.

while your looking for this non existent title you can learn a thing or two about the retail game market from Stardock. Stardock is a fairly versatile company these days who are rather acclaimed for their Galactic Civilizations series. Galactic Civilizations II was a high budget game released with NO drm. it was SO popular they sold more copies in the first 10 days of its release then the total number of original Galactic Civilization units.

where you get these ideas about DRM 'saving the industry' is a little worrying, actually.

PatrynXX said,
ick. hate console systems. except wii.


This was apparently too hard to understand so let me help you out here:

Certificate error makes Gears of War for PC unplayable

See that "PC" word in there? No, it does not mean "Personal Console".

BigBoy said,
This was apparently too hard to understand so let me help you out here:

Certificate error makes Gears of War for PC unplayable

See that "PC" word in there? No, it does not mean "Personal Console".

He was replying to spacer...

spacer said,
Another reason to play the game on the console like it's supposed to be.


Take it from someone who owns both versions the pc one is better, there̢۪s nothing wrong with it on the 360 I just happen to really like the pc exclusive maps and playing at 60fps instead of 30.

When I got this error at first I thought there was a problem on my PC.... corrupted RAM a while ago gave me almost the same message when I wanted to start programs.