Neoseeker : News : Ubisoft DRM servers experiencing trouble, hackers blamed [Update]
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Ninjafroggie Mar 8, 10
Denial of service attack my ass. Does anyone really expect them to come out and say "just a few days after launch, it has become clear that our ridiculously intrusive anti-piracy method, which places protecting the software higher in priority than delivering a quality gaming experience to our customers, has problems which result in only pirates being able to play our games and everyone who payed for them can go *bleep* themselves as we laugh our way to the bank"? I think not. Maybe it really was a DOS attack, maybe it wasnt. I know that ubisoft's only 2 options are to admit they were wrong and eat the huge loss of money and face by recalling it, or to claim a DoS attack. Gee i wonder which one they would choose....
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chautemoc Mar 8, 10
Yeah, that's plausible too.
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Hellfire29 Mar 8, 10
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Ubisoft adds "valid" cracks for the games have not yet been released
Untrue, they have been released, but Ubisoft is hardly going to say "Go use a crack instead".
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MrGrimm Mar 8, 10
Who knows, maybe Ubisoft is lying, maybe they're not.

I wouldn't be very surprised if their servers were under attack though. When people can easily get away with something like attacking servers, and they've at least got a semi-reason to do it, they're almost definitely going to do it.
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chautemoc Mar 9, 10
quote Hellfire29
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Ubisoft adds "valid" cracks for the games have not yet been released
Untrue, they have been released, but Ubisoft is hardly going to say "Go use a crack instead".
Keyword is "valid." If you use the current one, this happens.
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Hellfire29 Mar 9, 10
quote chautemoc
quote Hellfire29
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Ubisoft adds "valid" cracks for the games have not yet been released
Untrue, they have been released, but Ubisoft is hardly going to say "Go use a crack instead".
Keyword is "valid." If you use the current one, this happens.
That crack also has a fix for that Animus problem. Though the word "valid" could have several meanings in this context.
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Ninjafroggie Mar 10, 10
Well, it's official, the security DRM on silent hunter 5 has been completely defeated. A combination of the skidrow crack and a manual workaround to flag missions completed by editing .cfg savegame files has allowed players to enjoy the full game with no connection to ubisoft's drm servers whatsoever. Is this solution yet easy enough to drive ubi's paying customers into playing cracked versions over the legal copies they purchased? Not yet, no. But, in just one week, the "uncrackable" DRM has been completely defeated. Now that the pirate community knows how to fool the game into thinking its getting the information it needs from the server, it's only a matter of time until someone packages it into one neat, easy, hassle free to use crack and ubisoft can kiss their legal user base goodbye, especially if they continue to have any kind of disruption of service whatsoever. Contgratulations ubisoft...pirates-1, you-0. I hope the massive loss of face amongst gamers you have suffered due to your greed was worth the 7 days it took hackers to defeat your copyright protection, and I seriously hope that these games become the most pirated of all time. Ubi may say that we have to "get used to it, because its here to stay"...but a "beatings will continue until morale improves" policy is not the way to put money in your pockets. Some idiots will always be parted from their cash, but 85% of the subsim.com community refuses to buy sh5 until the DRM is removed...that proves that ubisoft is on the wrong track if they want to stay in the gaming buisiness. Companies like ubi need to talk to companies like valve and futuremark and realise the only way to defeat piracy is to create a game that gamers WANT to spend their money on.
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VeGiTAX2 Mar 10, 10
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Companies like ubi need to talk to companies like valve...
Valve? Maybe if Steam offline worked when it should, otherwise it's just a lump of dead software on my desktop when the net is down. >_<

On the Ubi thing, they should have known that this DRM would be trouble, on top of people bringing trouble to the servers people are most likely also interested in getting the info they need to just replicate the server on their desktop and login to their own mock ubi cloud.
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chautemoc Mar 10, 10
Apparently Steam's offline mode was "really fixed" last week. Almost makes me wanna use it.
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VeGiTAX2 Mar 10, 10
lame I really needed that patch while my net was busted, I was like oh I have all these unplayable titles.
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StuMan Mar 10, 10
I never had a problem with Steam offline the few times I had to use it. Maybe I just got lucky.
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VeGiTAX2 Mar 10, 10
It often failed based on how it was used. You could manually do it all day long after logging in. If you woke up and your net was out it was another story as Steam searches to authenticate before it lets you have access (Steam Updating box) after that point it realizes there's no communication to the Steam servers and says it cannot be reached. It gives you the option to retry or go into offline, since you couldn't authenticate on the update portion it then becomes impossible to go into offline mode.

If they really did fix the issue I'd be happy, offline mode has been the biggest joke for years because of how sketchy it behaved.
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Andrei Mar 22, 10
so i should pay to get lags at login and other crappy ubisoft anti-piracy stuff? NO *bleep*1ng way!
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muppet321 Apr 6, 10
and still issues ... over 100+ pages of comments on the forum and no sign of a reply from UBI .... crap customer service at it's very best "
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