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Ubisoft DRM games to be temporarily unplayable
« on: February 03, 2012, 05:04:21 pm »
Starting next week, a number of Ubisoft's legitimate PC customers will be unable to play their games because of problems with the titles' digital rights management (DRM) antipiracy schemes.
The publisher has announced that it is "transitioning the hosting of many of its online services from a third-party data center to a new facility" starting on February 7, and as a result, most of its games will lose online functionality. However, because some of Ubisoft's PC and Mac games feature DRM that require a constant online connection to the publisher's servers, those games will be completely unplayable when the publisher takes those servers down for the transition. Ubisoft's uPlay service will also be down during the transition.

Ubisoft apologized for the downtime, saying, "This move ultimately will help us improve the maintenance of our infrastructure and deliver better uptime and greatly improved services for our customers."

source - http://www.gamespot.com/news/6349732.html

Pirates 1 Consumers 0 .  As pointed out in the comments, what happens if say Ubisoft goes bankrupt and disappears?  Does the money you just invested in their games that require a constant online connection basically disappear as well? Definitely bad practices if so.
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Re: Ubisoft DRM games to be temporarily unplayable
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2012, 05:29:23 pm »
Another reason DRM fucking sucks.
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Re: Ubisoft DRM games to be temporarily unplayable
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2012, 06:44:14 pm »
I will never buy an Ubisoft game... and I will never pirate their games either. That just "proves" they're right to be so fucking strict with their DRM.
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Re: Ubisoft DRM games to be temporarily unplayable
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2012, 12:54:06 am »
I bloody hate DRM.

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Re: Ubisoft DRM games to be temporarily unplayable
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2012, 12:56:20 am »
If I ever want to buy music again - well, once I can afford it - I'm going to check the Ubuntu One music store.  As I understand it, the music is DRM free.
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Re: Ubisoft DRM games to be temporarily unplayable
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2012, 01:30:52 am »
Remember when DRM was a simple CD activation key? Whatever happened to that sort of thing? It was simple, unintrusive, didn't fuck over the consumer and did as much as any other DRM scheme to prevent piracy.

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Re: Ubisoft DRM games to be temporarily unplayable
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2012, 03:26:44 am »
Remember when DRM was a simple CD activation key? Whatever happened to that sort of thing? It was simple, unintrusive, didn't fuck over the consumer and did as much as any other DRM scheme to prevent piracy.

Because the new DRM is much like the new TSA inspections.

It creates the illusion of security while, in effect, doing fuck all.
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Re: Ubisoft DRM games to be temporarily unplayable
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2012, 09:52:44 am »
I will never buy an Ubisoft game... and I will never pirate their games either. That just "proves" they're right to be so fucking strict with their DRM.


Their games are OK...but the DRM has insured that my bro and I will NEVER buy the PC version of any Ubisoft game, ever.
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Re: Ubisoft DRM games to be temporarily unplayable
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2012, 01:23:09 pm »
I've seen economic arguments for DRM, but those fall apart the instant the game is cracked.  Why any gaming company would think it's a good idea to sell a product that's inferior to the pirated version is beyond me.  At the very least, they could offer a DRM removal tool once it has been cracked, because there's no longer any advantage in selling a crippled game.

//I'll never personally buy DRM-laden games unless there's a crack available.  And if the anti-used game thing goes through with the next xbox, I'm definitely not getting that.