Neoseeker : News : Ubisoft PC titles no longer require active Internet, on start-up only
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Crafter Dec 30, 10
A step in the right direction, yet still very wrong.
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Aulis Vaara Dec 30, 10
The DRM is so successful. It's not as if you can just torrent the game and then play it completely off-line.

Ok, so my sarcasm is not that good today, but the game companies don't seem to realize they're only annoying the fans. They would be better off doing an awareness campaign. And not that silly thing about "you wouldn't download a car". But more something along the lines of: "if you don't buy our games, there may be a time when there aren't any more games".

I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who likes to download cracks and such for games I bought, simply because the DRM is too annoying. I think that's a pretty bad sign. Pirates having less problems with their games than genuine customers is another bad sign.
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chautemoc Dec 30, 10
quote Aulis Vaara
The DRM is so successful. It's not as if you can just torrent the game and then play it completely off-line.

Ok, so my sarcasm is not that good today, but the game companies don't seem to realize they're only annoying the fans. They would be better off doing an awareness campaign. And not that silly thing about "you wouldn't download a car". But more something along the lines of: "if you don't buy our games, there may be a time when there aren't any more games".

I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who likes to download cracks and such for games I bought, simply because the DRM is too annoying. I think that's a pretty bad sign. Pirates having less problems with their games than genuine customers is another bad sign.
Very well-spoken.
To be fair, AC2 wasn't properly cracked for at least a month, and I think maybe several. Some publishers are only after the first week, let alone a month or more -- it's their hope pirating a game will be hard or impossible during that short period, during which time some percentage of people will elect to purchase instead. Even a small percentage means a lot.

But other than that, I agree. It seems like more trouble than its worth. EA seems to have found greater results by using free DLC instead of DRM (though I suppose in a sense it's DRM, you can play most of the content with no Internet connection).

An education campaign of some sort is sorely needed. I know quite a few pirates -- half my family pirate stuff like crazy, but they're perfectly good people. They just need some education.
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Hellfire29 Dec 30, 10
I like the Egosoft approach to DRM, have it on release then, after a period of time, remove it completely in a patch.
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THM Dec 31, 10
"Education" is, somehow, the key again, even for PC gaming areas! Come on....I have had enough education

P.S. That's why...I love consoles, both Sony PS3 and Xbox 360 where education is, ummm....not only crucial but also equally enjoyable all the same
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chautemoc Dec 31, 10
quote Hellfire29
I like the Egosoft approach to DRM, have it on release then, after a period of time, remove it completely in a patch.
Yeah, some companies do that, Sega being another. Everyone should, and they should make it clear from the start they plan on it, and when it's done.
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