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Ubisoft Brings Back Always-Connected DRM For Driver: San Francisco 261

Last year Ubisoft introduced DRM for their PC games that required a constant internet connection, going so far as to terminate single-player games if the connection was interrupted. After facing outrage, boycotts, and DDoS attacks, Ubisoft seemed to have softened their stance, issuing a patch for two games that allowed offline play. Unfortunately, it seems the change wasn't permanent; Ubisoft's upcoming racing game Driver: San Francisco marks the return of the contentious DRM.
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Ubisoft Brings Back Always-Connected DRM For Driver: San Francisco

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  • by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Thursday July 28, 2011 @06:45AM (#36905910)

    They return to using the same harebrained DRM scheme, we return to boycotting it. Why does UBI think it will be different this time? That we somehow magically now accept that kind of crap? If anything, the people who got burned by their previous attempt at it will now be wary and also abstain.

  • pirate it (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Tom ( 822 ) on Thursday July 28, 2011 @06:49AM (#36905930) Homepage Journal

    well, that game just went on my "download a pirate copy, just because" list.

    I just realize that this has been a trend for me for years now. If I read "DRM free", I feel zero inclination to go on btjunkie - either I like it and buy it or I don't and don't. But the more DRM there is in the crap, the more I'm inclined to most definitely not give them my money.

    Too bad we're not in the majority. Just imagine if putting DRM on your game were a surefire way of having close to zero sales, but being on the top of the torrent lists. The whole thing would disappear so quickly, we'd wonder if it was all just a dream.

    Because in the end, these guys are just about money.

  • Not for me (Score:3, Interesting)

    by g051051 ( 71145 ) * on Thursday July 28, 2011 @06:58AM (#36905986)

    I'm already getting a refund for an Ubi game that has that DRM (The Settlers 7). They tried to push me back to Steam for a refund, but I pointed them to their own EULA, where it says you can get a refund if you don't agree to the DRM and the retarded Ubi launcher, and they're handling it.

    No game is so good, interesting, or important to my life that I'd be willing to submit to this always on DRM.

  • Re:That's ok (Score:5, Interesting)

    by mcgrew ( 92797 ) * on Thursday July 28, 2011 @07:14AM (#36906056) Homepage Journal

    Agreed, it's not just Ubisoft, and it's not just for DRM, and it's not even just games. My GF got pissed at Comcast because when she decided she didn't need both a landline and a cell (she's on SS and rather poor), the cable price didn't go down so she just dropped Comcast.

    Her daughter gave her a camera for Xmas last year and it was full, she wanted me to help her put the pictures in the PC. As soon as I turned it on, Norton complained that it needed to download updates. These days why do you even need AV without a net connection? The AV insisted on a net connection.

    I plugged the camera in and Kodak demanded an internet connection to download its software. It didn't even need the damned software! after killing some processes, Windows happily downloaded the pictures from the camera.

    People need to understand that a computer isn't a phone and has a lot of uses besides just surfing the web. We used computers without a net connection for decades. There is no reason whatever, from a customer point of view, for all these damned companies to demand an internet connection for a device or program like an AV or a camera or a single player game.

    I pulled out my phone and emailed complaints to the damned companies, not that it will do any good.

    If a single player game won't work without the internet, PLEASE don't buy it!

  • by cypherljk ( 201011 ) on Thursday July 28, 2011 @08:42AM (#36906718)

    We're going about this the wrong way. We should all buy copies of the game and then return it the next day because it won't play without the internet. That will cost Ubisoft thousand of dollars handling returns / RMA's from their various vendors and send a clear message about the DRM.

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