Neoseeker : News : Ubisoft considering new ways of combating piracy, increasing value
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Northern49 Mar 23, 12
Holy shit. This must be a sign of the apocalypse.
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CoarseDragon Mar 23, 12
Yeah, I'll believe it when I see it.
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Crafter Mar 23, 12
Stop focusing so much on protecting your shit heap and build a quality product. Look at The Witcher 2. No DRM. CDProjekt was dedicated to making an amazing game instead of spending their time looking at every PC gamer with a paranoid glare. Sure, the game was torrented a fair bit, but it also sold a ton of copies and gained a lot of loyal customers. Certainly better than 0 torrents, 10,000 sales and 1,000,000 pissed off consumers.

Even if Ubisoft starts scaling back DRM there will still be a sour taste in most PC gamers mouthes for quite a while.
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BlackScythe Mar 23, 12
There is nothing Ubisoft can do that will make me buy their products again.
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Liege Mar 24, 12
Crafter's mention of The Witcher 2 reminded me of a report CD Projekt made regarding the game's rate of piracy. The digital copies were delivered DRM-free, while the retail copies had SecuRom. To their surprise, it wasn't the digital edition floating around on torrent sites, it was the retail copy with its protection stripped off. Perhaps that proves conclusively how ineffectual DRM is; it's certainly something for Ubisoft and everybody else to consider. I found this in an article regarding CD Projekt's own experiences with SecuRom's impact on game and system performance:

With SecuROM: 41 sec game launch, 16 sec savegame, 16-43 fps
Without SecuROM: 9 sec game launch, 8 sec savegame, 24-73 fps

I don't know how reliable the place is where I found this, I never read any kind of news there, but I'm positive that it's true from my own personal experiences with SecuRom. SecuRom is incontrovertibly a virus, as it is capable of crippling even the most powerful of machines during commonplace use, not only when playing a protected title. Any software - commercial or otherwise - that eats resources for no reason and illegitimately renders unusable other pieces of software is a virus, and that's exactly what SecuRom does. Sure, there are other DRM methods that aren't so destructive, but the fact stands that somebody is going to remove it and distribute it illegally far more than they will a copy that's DRM free. Not necessarily from a desire to get something for nothing, but so users who have been prohibited from using what they paid for can get a working copy. That's the only reason I ever "pirate" a game; I still pay for everything I download.
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ashantiqua Mar 25, 12
^ i remember that mini fiasco too. They really tried to monitor torrent sites too and aggressively went after a lot of perceived 'pirates'. I remember prior to the game shipping they were really vocal in interviews about piracy, singing something to the tune of, 'we'll be watching, and we'll come for you!'. Not sure if they ever successfully sued anyone though. Probably wouldve made the news if they did.

So now with that failure behind them, whatre they gonna do? An online only game (MMO reference) where the company manages all the servers (no end-user dedicated stuffs) makes it a lot more difficult to hack, but what about sp offline games (my favorite)?

Kinda just gotta throw it on steam and hope for the best, i suppose.
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Hellfire29 Mar 26, 12
Wanna increase value Ubisoft? Try not shutting down games and rendering legitimate players unable to play.
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Lorenzo101 Mar 26, 12
Ubisoft should read all these comments
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