August 8, 2011

Ubisoft Says Their Online Only DRM is a Success

Ubisoft has often been crit­i­cized by the PC gam­ing com­mu­ni­ty for it’s online only DRM.  The DRM requires gamers to have a con­stant Inter­net con­nec­tions so the game can authen­ti­cate with Ubisoft servers.  This in turn is sup­posed to help pira­cy.  But does the ben­e­fit real­ly out­weigh the cost to the con­sumer? The online only DRM brings up sev­er­al key ques­tions such as what if some­one does­n’t have Inter­net *deployed mil­i­tary per­son­nel for exam­ple* or what if they live in an area with flakey Inter­net and their con­nec­tion drops?  With Assas­sins Creed if you inter­net con­nec­tion dropped then the game would shut down and kick you out.  Many play­ers have com­plained that they can­not play because the game con­stant­ly kicks them out. Ubisoft told PC Gamer  “a clear reduc­tion in pira­cy of our titles which required a per­sis­tent online con­nec­tion, andRead more…

May 21, 2010

Draconian DRM: Are Consoles Next?

Any­one who has spent time on gam­ing forums has prob­a­bly lis­tened to PC gamers com­plain about Intru­sive DRM.  The DRM can do any­thing from installing a root kit behind the scenes to pre­vent you from copy­ing or installing more then a cert­ian num­ber times to requir­ing you to have a con­stant inter­net con­nec­tion to play even the sin­gle play­er com­po­nent of the game. Xbox, PS3 and Wii own­ers have tra­di­tion­al­ly not had to deal with DRM.  Con­sole titles rarely even make you enter any­thing to play the game you just put the disc in and play.  This, how­ev­er, appears to be chang­ing.  Pub­lish­ers have always been dis­pleased with the used game mar­ket.  When you pur­chase a used game 100% of the prof­it goes to the sell­er (Gamestop, Gamers, Ebgames, etc) where­as if you are to buy the game new theRead more…

April 24, 2010

Assasins Creed II DRM Hacked!

Ubisoft in all of it’s wis­dom in an effort to pro­tect it’s work­ers and prop­er­ty decid­ed to devel­op DRM that would require you to have a con­stant Inter­net con­nec­tion to play Assas­sins Creed II online.  This basi­cal­ly meant if your Inter­net con­nec­tion dropped, even for a moment, the game would close.  This has caused hav­oc for many gamers who live in areas with “less then stel­lar” Inter­net con­nec­tions.  This DRM has been a pain in the back­side of legit­i­mate play­ers of the game.  It even man­aged to keep hack­ers at bay for some time.  Today hack­ers have cracked Ubisofts DRM and then left a rather humor­ous mes­sage for them which read, “Thank you Ubisoft, this was quite [sic] a chal­lenge for us, but noth­ing stops the lead­ing force from doing what we do. Next time focus on the game andRead more…

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