Neoseeker : News : Ubisoft officially drops always-on DRM
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Mrblikey Sep 5, 12
Clap clap, Ubisoft! Hopefully they can work on the PC ports much more now.
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Grimdark Sep 5, 12
I guess they've decided to suffer piracy and take the losses.
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Mrblikey Sep 5, 12
It's still better than people constantly moaning about wanting to play their games offline, at least. The Q&A department must've gotten tired of that.
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Grimdark Sep 5, 12
It's easy to ignore people complaining...
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Mrblikey Sep 5, 12
Ignoring it would kill off Ubisoft's reputation as a whole, though, and it did show prior towards. Pretty much in the same way EA becomes the butt of jokes for whipping their devs around. I understand that there will be more potential pirates, but for listening to the customer responses Ubisoft's PC scene will get a lot more potential buyers and support as well. Ubisoft's choice can be interpreted as both idiotic and intelligent but to me I think it was the smarter decision than doing nothing :U
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Grimdark Sep 5, 12
People still bought their games despite DRM. People still buy EA's games and they haven't gotten rid of it. Potential buyers? I don't look at a game's DRM if I want to play it for the PC. That's silly. That's like looking at a game's packaging and deciding if you'll buy it based on that alone. If anything, the removal of it will just enable more people to resume pirating their games.

Of course, this has already happened and it feels quite strange to argue something that has happened as if it was now.
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Mrblikey Sep 5, 12
You might be impartial about it but a lot of other people out there who think DRM is pretty much everything. I just thought it was a smart move from Ubisoft but looking at the other end of the spectrum I can interpret it as a dumb move as well at this point :[

And yeah, lol. Let's just leave this be for now. This is a silly thing for me to get all wiled up about in the first place :L
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DedValve Sep 5, 12
It's actually been proven that the stricter the DRM, the higher the piracy. Other games also suffered from an obscene amount of piracy due to incredibly invasive piracy, not just Spore or EA games.

So this is a treat, customers will be treated like customers and may be willing to buy more instead of pirate. Right now I can easily go to a certain torrent site and download and install Assassins Creed 2 and play it with my wi-fi turned off easily by reading the easy to read instructions.
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Krantos Sep 5, 12
Good on ya, Ubi.

I have nothing bad to say about this one. Glad to see publishers are finally catching on.

EA, pay attention, this will be on the final.
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Crafter Sep 5, 12
That's an awful analogy, DC Sniper. Unlike the packaging, DRM can have a very tangible effect on your playing experience if you can even have one. Ubisoft's DRM in particular was nothing but an extreme hassle for the paying customer. If you were to make a list of pros and cons for that DRM, there wouldn't be a single pro on the list. Paying customers are forced to deal with being kicked out due to connection drops, downtime, unreliability, etc, while pirates have what? A short wait for a streamlined way to play. If you don't remember, when AC2 came out Ubisoft praised its DRM as "ironclad". It was cracked within 2 weeks, and any idiot could get it running on their computer hassle-free.

What bothers me most about this situation is wondering how much money Ubisoft spent on that colossal waste of time, not including the tens of thousands of lost sales...

Personally I can't help but see this as "too little, too late". For me to purchase another one of their games they'll have to work real hard for it.
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Supernova1332 Sep 6, 12
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I look at the DRM situation before buying. I'm a customer, not a 'criminal', and should be treated with at least a shred of appreciation and respect. I've skipped over many of their games because I have standards.

I'm not sure how old you are, I'm going to guess pretty young or you would know this, but back in the day reading the back of the box was the primary way to decide on if you wanted to buy a game. Of course you could know someone who already has it or rent it first, if it was a console game, but by and large reading the packaging was it. Magazines had more screenshots but couldnt really show the gameplay any more than any still frame could. Gameplay videos on the internet were near non-existant and neither techtv nor G4 existed.
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Grimdark Sep 6, 12
quote Supernova1332
DC Sniper
I'm not sure how old you are, I'm going to guess pretty young or you would know this, but back in the day reading the back of the box was the primary way to decide on if you wanted to buy a game. Of course you could know someone who already has it or rent it first, if it was a console game, but by and large reading the packaging was it. Magazines had more screenshots but couldnt really show the gameplay any more than any still frame could. Gameplay videos on the internet were near non-existant and neither techtv nor G4 existed.
When I said packaging I primarily referred to if a game looked dumb based on the art.
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