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Ubisoft: 'PC DRM is a success'

Ubisoft: 'PC DRM is a success'

Ubisoft claims to have seen a marked reduction in piracy as a result of its new DRM system.

Ubisoft has labelled its controversial DRM strategy, which sees many PC games requiring a constant online connection, as a success despite negative reaction from gamers.

Speaking to PC Gamer, a Ubisoft spokesperson said that the publisher had seen a drop in piracy as a result of using the new DRM strategy.

'[There's been] a clear reduction in piracy of our titles which required a persistent online connection, and from that point of view the requirement is a success.'

Despite the supposed success of the system, however, Ubisoft has also told VG247 that the delayed PC version of From Dust will not use the always-online DRM.

Upcoming racer Driver: San Francisco will require a constant internet connection, however. As with other Ubisoft DRMed games, you'll be unable to play if you're internet goes down.

Ubisoft hasn't explained why some games will use the DRM and some won't.

Check out the latest From Dust trailer below, then let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Xen0phobiak 29th July 2011, 11:03 Quote
I was planning on purchasing Driver: San Francisco until I read this.
javaman 29th July 2011, 11:05 Quote
They can pay for my broadband connection and installation charges then.
tozsam 29th July 2011, 11:05 Quote
looks like I might download it just to avoid the problems of a legitimate copy
impar 29th July 2011, 11:06 Quote
Greetings!

So, less freeloaders\parasites playing their games is labeled as a success?
Where did they mentioned that their games sales have increased?
mpr 29th July 2011, 11:27 Quote
I understand protecting your IP, but there are loads of us who are forced to spend months on end every year or so without access to the internet... You know, the Military... A huge portion of Military folks are also avid gamers, and games help to offload the stresses of a deployed environment. Luckily for me most Ubisoft titles don't interest me, but they aren't the only ones with these always online DRM schemes...

Think about the troops!
do_it_anyway 29th July 2011, 11:29 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by impar
Greetings!

So, less freeloaders\parasites playing their games is labeled as a success?
Where did they mentioned that their games sales have increased?


Its a good point. I am SO anti-piracy its untrue, and noramlly applaude some form of copyright protection.
But when I moved home recently and it took 3-4 days to get my internet connected, I thought I would be able to get some single player going without the distraction of online play.
Really glad I didn't have any ubisoft games.

Back on topic, its interesting that I am put off Driver now, but more interested in From Dust. Before reading this article it was the other way around.
DriftCarl 29th July 2011, 11:29 Quote
they have probably seen a clear reduction in piracy because there has been a clear reduction in quality of their games. I bet they have also seen a clear reduction in sales, they just are not gonna tell you that.
Salty Wagyu 29th July 2011, 11:31 Quote
With all that DRM crap surrounding Assassin's Creed, I doubt it was a success.
wuyanxu 29th July 2011, 11:32 Quote
to be fair, the only DRM related issue i've had with AC2, ACBH and HAWX2 was the slow launching Ubisoft software when there's a patch. other than that, i've not had any problems at all.

so although i wish they would use Steam. i don't have any problem with their use of such system. hopefully with improved launching software.

people moan, when Steam was released, i recall same amount of moaning.
Evildead666 29th July 2011, 11:36 Quote
Ubisoft continue to shoot themselves in the foot.
liratheal 29th July 2011, 11:40 Quote
Which drug addled ****wit decided that should be their official stance?
XXAOSICXX 29th July 2011, 11:41 Quote
You can play games in offline mode on Steam, though. Ubisoft - who generally make completely toss titles anyway - require you to be always on, which isn't great when you're taking your laptop on business or overseas for some entertainment and don't have access to the net.

As several posters have mentioned, Ubi don't make any mention of increases in sales, just decreases in piracy. People can be as anti-piracy as they like, however, consider the following:

I've been massively put off Ubisoft (amongst other publishers) by a continuous stream of poor titles, console ports and horrible DRM. Neither I, nor a small group of my friends, purchase Ubisoft games now out of principle. We're not going to risk wasting £100 between us on a poor game with restrictive DRM, however, one of us MIGHT download a pirated version, tell the rest of us it actually is worth the money, and we DO go out and buy it. As recent reports have shown, pirates actually do make the best customers.
Woollster00 29th July 2011, 11:46 Quote
How the hell does this drm protect their games i had a cracked copy of assassins creed since 5 days after release no drm can stop pirates... the game was not worthy of my money terrible game in my opinion my money is reserved for the good developers like thq and their dawn of war franchise :)
specofdust 29th July 2011, 11:50 Quote
I could have any ubisoft game running, with no internet connection, in under 2 hours (the vast majority of which would be download time).

DRM has not been a success. When its easier to pirate a game than it is to spend £30 on the game and then play it, specifically because of the software you bog the game down with, you have not succeeded.

Personally I'd attribute the decrease in Ubisoft piracy to most of their games this year being crap.
Mentai 29th July 2011, 11:58 Quote
@XXAOSICXX

"As recent reports have shown, pirates actually do make the best customers."

Provide actual evidence that isn't purely anecdotal. I'd love to see these "reports".

On topic, I'd like to find out if these games made more money, or if people just stopped getting them for free as much, because I sure know which one I'd prefer if I were Ubisoft...
CashMoney 29th July 2011, 11:59 Quote
My principles dictate that I too wouldn't buy a game with such draconian DRM, but I didn't realize it was there for AC2 and bought the game any way. Installed, played, got right into the game ... and my net connection went down; game just froze with a message of no net connection.
I was so happy when the crack finally came out, I cracked my purchased game and played without issue. I did the same with Brotherhood, except the crack came out almost the same day of release. I never even gave the game a chance to freeze on me.
I will however be sticking to my principles, especially based on my experience with AC2, and not buy any other Ubisoft titles with this DRM, crack or no. It's just too much of a pain in the neck to mess about with it for a single player game, and there are plenty of other titles who want my money that are less hassle.
NuTech 29th July 2011, 12:11 Quote
  • Friend and I bought SC:Conviction day 1 (huge Splinter Cell fans)
  • Tried to play co-op - constant disconnect and desynchronisation issues
  • Tried to play single player - constant DRM 'pauses'
  • We decide to wait for patch
  • Realise somehow people are playing co-op online just fine?????
  • Check the forums, find out they're all 'pirates' who removed the DRM which was causing the disconnects
  • With all the layers of DRM, Ubisoft forgot to put in a simple CD-key check
  • Never buying a Ubisoft DRM'd game again.
jakall78 29th July 2011, 12:17 Quote
Off topic:
From the article:
"As with other Ubisoft DRMed games, you'll be unable to play if you're internet goes down."
You`re?
English is my second language, but this is just ridiculous. You are supposed to proofread your article BEFORE publishing it. /Off topic
On topic:
Ubisoft must hate money so bad...
Venares 29th July 2011, 12:23 Quote
Ever since they introduced this rediculas DRM I've just refused to touch any of there games.
Edwards 29th July 2011, 12:31 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ubitard
'[There's been] a clear reduction in piracy of our titles which required a persistent online connection, and from that point of view the requirement is a success.'

I'm pretty sure there has just been a reduction in people playing Ubisoft titles, pirated and legit. Because their games suck, and their DRM makes them less accessible. Has there actually been a clear reduction in pirated/bought copies ratio?

I got Farcry 2 bundled with my last graphics card, but couldn't use it because of Securom (constantly telling me to enter the disc, though it was already entered). Solution? Torrent the game and put in my legit key, enabling people who didn't have a legit key to download it as well in the process.
impar 29th July 2011, 12:31 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by XXAOSICXX
As recent reports have shown, pirates actually do make the best customers.
Let me take a wild guess here, the reports say that someone interested in videogames is more probable to pirate or buy a game than someone who is not interested in games?
deadstoned 29th July 2011, 12:48 Quote
How can they say its a success when I've avoided Settlers 7 a series at one stage I loved, I've avoided Assassins Creed and I'll now avoid Driver which I remember fondly from PS1 days. FU Ubisoft you have no idea what the PC customer wants!
Taniniver 29th July 2011, 13:08 Quote
I find the statement very interesting - lets quote it again here - "[There's been] a clear reduction in piracy of our titles which required a persistent online connection, and from that point of view the requirement is a success."

So, it has been a success from the perspective of reducing piracy; I have no way to prove or disprove that statement, we will have to take their word for it.

The fact that they say "from that point of view the requirement is a success", leads me to think that from another point of view the requirement has NOT been a success - has there also been a reduction in actual sales as people boycott them for their onerous DRM? A decrease in customer satisfaction, or damage to their reputation? An increase in operational costs for running the servers to support the always-on DRM? An increase in support costs for all the people that contact them with problems caused by the DRM?

I'm certainly one of those who boycotted them - I *was* going to buy The Settlers 7, especially since it can be bought for less than £10 online now, but I will not buy any game with always-on DRM.

I'm also surprised to hear it has actually reduced piracy of the titles - there are cracks available for them in just the same way as their other games using less restrictive DRM, so I can't see how it would make a difference.
Draksis 29th July 2011, 13:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Venares
Ever since they introduced this rediculas DRM I've just refused to touch any of there games.
Why do that? I just crack my originals that have that level of DRM. Nothing wrong with that, and the games actaully run better :D
[USRF]Obiwan 29th July 2011, 13:40 Quote
Give me the sale figures from before and after, then come back...
V3ctor 29th July 2011, 13:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by tozsam
looks like I might download it just to avoid the problems of a legitimate copy

I always buy my games... But I really give u credit, it's what I would do...
AstralWanderer 29th July 2011, 13:52 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by
Ubisoft have invested so much into this system publicity-wise that they have to call it a success no matter what. Of course, they could eliminate piracy completely by just exiting the software market, which would probably do most gamers a favour.

+1 to those who've boycotted Ubisoft since - me too (aside from a couple of DRM-free releases on GOG).
Cobalt 29th July 2011, 14:18 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mentai
@XXAOSICXX

"As recent reports have shown, pirates actually do make the best customers."

Provide actual evidence that isn't purely anecdotal. I'd love to see these "reports".

On topic, I'd like to find out if these games made more money, or if people just stopped getting them for free as much, because I sure know which one I'd prefer if I were Ubisoft...

Most of the studies focus on music and films rather than videogames, but they universally show that being a pirate correlates with higher spending on media.

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110727/16233815292/another-day-another-study-that-says-pirates-are-best-customers-this-time-hadopi.shtml
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110721/04092915191/industry-suppressed-report-showing-users-shuttered-pirate-site-probably-helped-movie-industry.shtml
Unknownsock 29th July 2011, 16:10 Quote
It's funny when this topic pops up every other person feels like they have to let us know that they don't pirate.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cobalt
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mentai
@XXAOSICXX

"As recent reports have shown, pirates actually do make the best customers."

Provide actual evidence that isn't purely anecdotal. I'd love to see these "reports".

On topic, I'd like to find out if these games made more money, or if people just stopped getting them for free as much, because I sure know which one I'd prefer if I were Ubisoft...

Most of the studies focus on music and films rather than videogames, but they universally show that being a pirate correlates with higher spending on media.

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110727/16233815292/another-day-another-study-that-says-pirates-are-best-customers-this-time-hadopi.shtml
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110721/04092915191/industry-suppressed-report-showing-users-shuttered-pirate-site-probably-helped-movie-industry.shtml

Yet everyone I know who pirates does it to save money and not out of principles, which I imagine most people do. As much as people love to see these articles which are almost always researched and written by pro piracy groups/people, they need to accept that Piracy is bad.

People should just accept it. But it doesn't help matters that almost all movie/music companies seem to be stuck in the mid 90's and ignore this new invention called the internet.
tupera 29th July 2011, 16:20 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xen0phobiak
I was planning on purchasing Driver: San Francisco until I read this.

I'll second that! What a HUGH disappointment! I’ve been a Driver fan from the get go (remember the freight train mode!). Way to screw up another series UbiSoft!
Bloodburgers 29th July 2011, 16:20 Quote
I have to admit I have pirated games, music and films. However, I have also purchased a high proportion of the pirated material shortly after.

With regards to games though I cant help but feel that in some way the demise of the good old demo as compounded the situation. Whilst some may say that if you can download a demo you could just as easily download a pirated version.

I would sooner play a time limited demo make my mind up and still have only scratched the surface of a game then go buy the official product than going straight for a pirated copy.

Perhaps a simple view of things but that's my opinion.
impar 29th July 2011, 17:08 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cobalt
Most of the studies focus on music and films rather than videogames, but they universally show that being a pirate correlates with higher spending on media.
It shows that someone interested on something will get it any way possible.
From the graphic you linked to, the more they spend, the more they pirate.
DragunovHUN 29th July 2011, 17:24 Quote
Maybe their piracy rate dropped because they're not releasing anything interesting anymore. What do they have, besides AC, that anyone cares about? The Tom Clancy games have been done to death and AC is slowly getting there. Heroes 6? lol.
mrbens 29th July 2011, 18:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by DriftCarl
they have probably seen a clear reduction in piracy because there has been a clear reduction in quality of their games. I bet they have also seen a clear reduction in sales, they just are not gonna tell you that.

haha nail on head :D
somidiot 29th July 2011, 19:34 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by DriftCarl
they have probably seen a clear reduction in piracy because there has been a clear reduction in quality of their games. I bet they have also seen a clear reduction in sales, they just are not gonna tell you that.

lol

In my experience the DRM has caused problems and kept me away from buying many of their games.

That sounds like a "success" to me ..... [/sarcasm]
Volund 29th July 2011, 20:34 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by jakall78
Off topic:
From the article:
"As with other Ubisoft DRMed games, you'll be unable to play if you're internet goes down."
You`re?
English is my second language, but this is just ridiculous. You are supposed to proofread your article BEFORE publishing it. /Off topic

you'll = you will (future tense)
you're = you are (present tense)

The article is correct, you are messing up your tenses
Waynio 29th July 2011, 20:43 Quote
Quote:
Ubisoft hasn't explained why some games will use the DRM and some won't.

I'd say it's because of games that have a wider appeal, it might not stop games being pirated completely but it prevents zero day pirating which is a good thing imo so maybe a few months or even 6 months or when crackers have cracked the game so it's fully playable they should disable the DRM for the game.

That type of DRM is a drastic solution but if that's what it takes for them to continue releasing PC games then I see no problem (personally I haven't had a single problem with it as my internet has been ok) but at the same time people with no or insufficient connections are automatically cut off from wanting to buy it so it's a pickle of a situation, so honestly the best thing to do is when their games get properly cracked then they should disable the DRM for the particular game else it just takes the p out of those who bought them.
jhng 29th July 2011, 21:01 Quote
My biggest bugbear with all this is that they never tell you the level of online f***wittage required for the given game in advance. The number of times I've bought a game on Steam only to discover when I try to play it that it requires fifteen new online accounts and an 'always on' rectal endoscopy for marketing purposes.

It you want to bundle this s**t with your game it's your choice -- but ffs be honest enough to tell us before you take our money.
Blanx3_Bytex 29th July 2011, 21:03 Quote
There has been a marked drop in the amount of piracy of our PC titles....( and a marked reduction of PC titles sold...)
Elton 29th July 2011, 21:18 Quote
Buy and crack? Sounds good to me.
Sloth 29th July 2011, 21:23 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by do_it_anyway
Its a good point. I am SO anti-piracy its untrue, and noramlly applaude some form of copyright protection.
But when I moved home recently and it took 3-4 days to get my internet connected, I thought I would be able to get some single player going without the distraction of online play.
Really glad I didn't have any ubisoft games.

Back on topic, its interesting that I am put off Driver now, but more interested in From Dust. Before reading this article it was the other way around.
Very similar sentiments here. With so many far less restrictive DRM options out there it's amazing that Ubisoft actually thinks this is still a good idea.

And the worst part? People enable them. People keep buying their games and complaining rather than simply avoiding them, and pirates keep pirating them so they escalate their DRM measures.
chrismarkham1982 29th July 2011, 21:26 Quote
how can they say success? the amount of people that go off on one and give the old 'meh...stupid drm i think ill pirate it as it will work better'
kzinti1 29th July 2011, 21:45 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by wuyanxu
to be fair, the only DRM related issue i've had with AC2, ACBH and HAWX2 was the slow launching Ubisoft software when there's a patch. other than that, i've not had any problems at all.

so although i wish they would use Steam. i don't have any problem with their use of such system. hopefully with improved launching software.

people moan, when Steam was released, i recall same amount of moaning.

I'm one of them. I despise Steam and I always will. Where do they get off putting all those ads on my computer when I close a game? That's my money they're using to pay for their advertising. They can do what they want with downloaded games. I really don't care. But I buy my games on disk and I just want to plug and play with no adverts and constant Steam platform updates. Every single time I load Fallout-New Vegas I have to restart it because some file on Steam was corrupted.
zulu9812 29th July 2011, 21:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by kzinti1
I'm one of them. I despise Steam and I always will. Where do they get off putting all those ads on my computer when I close a game? That's my money they're using to pay for their advertising.

You can turn that off, you know.
wuyanxu 29th July 2011, 21:59 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Volund
you'll = you will (future tense)
you're = you are (present tense)

The article is correct, you are messing up your tenses
im sorry. but supposed to be "your internet".

as in the "internet that belongs to you", not "you become the internet".
leslie 29th July 2011, 22:00 Quote
I have to thank Ubisoft for their work.
It's saved me a bunch of time and money by making NOT buy any of their games.


Yes, I could just crack them, but if they are so adamant that I not play them, fine, I won't. I'm not the enemy, but I will be if they want to make me out as one.



As for peoples complaints about Steam, honestly, it rocks.
Is it DRM? Yes, but, it's DRM that works with me, not against me. It's non-intrusive, and I love not having to worry about my disks getting damaged or lost and the sales are awesome.
greypilgers 29th July 2011, 23:05 Quote
I agree with an earlier post - this statement just sounds like a weak reason to continue with their DRM method and excuse its existence in previous games. Piracy has decreased? How do they know that? I assume people don't phone them up and let them know when they've downloaded a cracked version?

Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence...

I don't like the fact that internet DRM is around, but I could make my peace with it if connection had to be made, say, once every week, or whatever. An always on method is just a pain in the ass though.
Wwhat 30th July 2011, 02:06 Quote
I sometimes wonder if it's really the DRM that was the main factor why I stopped being into games so much, but if not the primary reason it certainly was damn influential.
rollo 30th July 2011, 11:08 Quote
i brought hawx and hawx 2 didnt have a single issue performance was good ingame didnt even notice it was there. and also they have dont constantly check for internet access as i lost my internet a few times whilst playing these games and didn have an issue with the game stop working. Maybe the drm has been increased since then but i dout it will get much heavier

people moaning about internet costs what are you doing purchasing video games ? if the internet cost is a problem then a purchase of a £50 game must also be.

Steam is DRM dont see foke complaining about it.

cant really complain as i play the most drm heavy titles of them all MMOs no pay no play. people will say thats a dif form of drm but its not i cant play it offline or on a laptop in the middle of a desert. And if i dont give them there £8 a month i cant play it period as im barred from server access.
AstralWanderer 30th July 2011, 11:27 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by rollo
people moaning about internet costs what are you doing purchasing video games ? if the internet cost is a problem then a purchase of a £50 game must also be.
It's not a cost issue - it is about longevity (online activation means the game dies when the company closes), control (company can deny you access as it pleases) and ultimately, consumer rights (if I pay for a game, I expect to play it as and when I choose, not being blocked because "the activation servers are down" or "you changed computer setup too often and so need to beg for new activations" or "we didn't like your post on our forum so we're disabling your account").
Quote:
Originally Posted by rollo
Steam is DRM dont see foke complaining about it.
You can't have looked very hard then...
vexy1987 30th July 2011, 16:44 Quote
How does this DRM reduce piracy? Certain titles with this type of draconian DRM are no more difficult to obtain than titles without. People do not use image cloning techniques to obtain their pirate copies. Perhaps Ubisoft have misinterpreted their so called research into the matter? It would be more probable that their recent spat of PC titles are pirated less, not because of a successul DRM policy, but lower quality titles.
kylew 30th July 2011, 20:38 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Volund
you'll = you will (future tense)
you're = you are (present tense)

The article is correct, you are messing up your tenses


You've just wrongly corrected someone, that's embarrassing. You clearly know that "you're" means "you are" yet think "As with other Ubisoft DRMed games, you'll be unable to play if you are internet goes down." makes sense.

It's "your" not "you're".
Volund 30th July 2011, 21:55 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by kylew
You've just wrongly corrected someone, that's embarrassing. You clearly know that "you're" means "you are" yet think "As with other Ubisoft DRMed games, you'll be unable to play if you are internet goes down." makes sense.

It's "your" not "you're".

I actually didn't even see that :( I did wrongly correct someone anyway... but that's due to misreading, not my grammar skills.

I thought he was trying to correct "As with other Ubisoft DRMed games, you'll be unable to play if you're internet goes down."

otherwise why would I point out you'll at all?
chemo 30th July 2011, 22:56 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by javaman
They can pay for my broadband connection and installation charges then.

ironically, this is exactly what theyre crap DRM attempt promotes
bogie170 31st July 2011, 15:37 Quote
I refuse to buy any UBI game with an always on connection.

Yet another -1 sale for UBI.

Yes UBI, your DRM is a great sucess. It stops anyone buying your sh1t games. Thanks for saving me money. :)
ssj12 31st July 2011, 16:36 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by bogie170
I refuse to buy any UBI game with an always on connection.

Yet another -1 sale for UBI.

Yes UBI, your DRM is a great sucess. It stops anyone buying your sh1t games. Thanks for saving me money. :)

was going to say something similar. Ubi has lost all sales from me a while ago. AC2 was going to be a purchase on the steam sales, then I remembered why I dont buy Ubi games.
dark_avenger 1st August 2011, 00:32 Quote
There will be a day 1 crack for the DRM.

Game developers must not use the internet because if they did they would know just how useless there DRM is.
jhng 1st August 2011, 13:19 Quote
I'm not convinced that all this business about having to log in to the publisher's pet network and have the 'always on' internet activation et cetera is actually about DRM/piracy at all.

My theory is that DRM is the excuse but that the real purpose is in order to hook you deeper into the publisher's ecosystem so that (a) they have more opportunities to market to you and (b) they have a channel for snooping into your online activities and gaming habits. Basically -- spyware for marketing purposes but dressed up as anti-piracy DRM.

I have never ever pirated a game to date (and am very committed to the idea that people should have ownership of their creative output); however, for the first time the growth of online activation and similar is seriously making me consider moving towards pirated games instead of going through legitimate channels.

A comparison would be if Penguin started trying to make me attach a webcam to my head everytime I read one of their legitimately purchased books (so they could check it was legit, of course) -- I don't think I would feel much moral compunction about heading off to the pirate bookshops.
Gunsmith 1st August 2011, 13:20 Quote
I want Anno 2070 and just hope that this bullshit doesnt get lumped with it.
SMIFFYDUDE 1st August 2011, 16:41 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by kzinti1
I'm one of them. I despise Steam and I always will. Where do they get off putting all those ads on my computer when I close a game? That's my money they're using to pay for their advertising. They can do what they want with downloaded games. I really don't care. But I buy my games on disk and I just want to plug and play with no adverts and constant Steam platform updates. Every single time I load Fallout-New Vegas I have to restart it because some file on Steam was corrupted.

Go to setting and turn off the instant messages/advertising.
fluxtatic 2nd August 2011, 06:46 Quote
I have no problem with Steam (other than what the summer sale did to my bank balance.) Yes, it's DRM, but it isn't intrusive. Yes, it takes a little longer to load initially than I like, but that's about the time I'm getting up to smoke anyway. Other than the occasional update to Steam itself, I've never had it crash or had any other problems. For the most part, I don't see Steam as DRM, I see it as a genius way to sell me games. You mean I don't have to lug my ass downtown (or worse, to the suburbs) to pick up a game? Hell yeah! The problem with UbiDRM and its ilk is that it's so ham-fisted. It wouldn't be nearly the same issue if it wasn't so poorly implemented. And you want to treat me, the paying customer, as the criminal? No, thanks, my government has that covered. I think it's gotten a little too easy for media companies that have a bad quarter to point the finger at pirates. Make good games, without broken, ineffective DRM, and maybe you'll start having some good quarters and you won't have to make excuses to the shareholders.
awok3N 2nd August 2011, 07:04 Quote
I remember playing SC - Conviction on release day, and trying it again a couple months later and it was just as bad. On release day the cracked version was playable online (mp) and the people who payed hard cash were forced to deal with horrible DRM and 5-10 minute play sessions.

Hardly call that a success Ubisoft. Man I wish someone else picked up the Tom Clancy games. I couldnt care less about Assassins creed as it's to me just a moneymill with no soul. All of the games are identical, to me anyway. That's just my opinion so don't shoot me just because you like AC =p
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