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From Dust, DRM and Why Ubisoft Can Only Blame Itself

Players are furious with the publisher over its handling of From Dust on PC. They should be.

Those three dots are Ubisoft's forum moderators. That wave is made up of Reddit commenters.

What the hell, Ubisoft? Just a few weeks ago, everything seemed so simple.

"Ubisoft lied to us. The DRM requires you to have a constant internet connection, when they explicitly said this would not be the case."

"The DRM on this ass nugget is hilarious. I suggest you all get the fucker taken off. Stop slaughtering this game Ubisoft."

These are just a few comments pulled off From Dust's Facebook page, as fans take Ubisoft to task.

Ubisoft's DRM policies for PC games are handled on a case-by-case basis. The rationale behind each decision is sometimes difficult to figure out, but at the end of the day, it's Ubisoft's right to swing one way or the other, just as it's the right of PC customers to complain about the policies Ubisoft enacts. And complain they have.

Up until today, we were under the impression From Dust wasn't supposed to have DRM. Just a few weeks back--my email from Ubisoft is dated July 28--the company said From Dust would be an exception to the always-on Ubisoft DRM rule.

"I can confirm that From Dust will not require online connection to play the single player campaign and challenges," said company spokesperson Alex Monney.

Hackers were able to take down Ubisoft's login servers, a move done out of DRM protest.

This would be different than Ubisoft's handling of another upcoming Ubisoft product coming out on the PC, Driver: San Francisco, which would require an Internet connection to boot up and a constant connection to keep playing. Vocal concerns over this type of DRM, principle aside, stem from an incident where hackers brought Ubisoft's authentication servers down, stopping some users from playing Assassin's Creed II. This DRM was then stripped in favor of an online login. After that, no online connection was required. This altered DRM found its way into newer PC releases like Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.

Still, Ubisoft hadn't settled on a consistent policy. Maybe it considered From Dust special; a new game from Out of this World developer Eric Chahi isn't something players would be as likely to torrent. Ubisoft has consistently cited piracy and DRM's effectiveness as the driver behind its DRM policies.

"[We have seen] a clear reduction in piracy of our titles which required a persistent online connection, and from that point of view the requirement is a success," said an unnamed spokesperson to PC Gamer last month.

On one torrent search engine site alone, there are nearly 2,000 players downloading a "cracked" version of From Dust. Piracy would happen anyway, but it's easy to see how much of that would be fueled by From Dust unexpectedly having DRM.

It doesn't help that, by all indications, the PC version is coming up short in a bunch of other areas, too: the frame rate is bizarrely capped to 30 frames-per-second and the camera control hasn't been optimized for a mouse.

"We are aware of some confusion over the inclusion of DRM in the release of From Dust on PC," said the company in a statement on the official Ubisoft message boards.

That would be an...understatement.

"To prevent any on-going confusion we would like to clarify From Dust PC will release with DRM requiring a one-time only online activation," continues the statement. "After which you will be able to play the game offline."

It's sort of "one-time only."

"After you have signed in and the game is running, you no longer need the internet connection for that session and can disconnect and play offline you so wish," said the company.

The key phrase here is "for that session," whereas Ubisoft's original statement suggested "no sessions."

Besides the DRM issues, the PC version has a capped frame rate and poor mouse controls.

Technically, Ubisoft has some wiggle room from its original statement. You don't need to be online in order to play the singleplayer or challenge modes, but you do need to be online to access them at all. It's a frustrating splitting of hairs. Given Ubisoft's communication issues with DRM in the past, however, if that's what it really meant, it should have been more upfront from the very start. It's not like players aren't used to this stance before.

"When we first introduced the connection requirement last year, we stated that our decision to implement it into our PC titles would be considered on a case by case basis and this remains true," said Ubisoft representative Dominic DiSanti last month, when I asked about Driver: San Francisco's DRM. "We will assess each future PC title and strive to offer the best gameplay experience possible while also ensuring that we are protecting the amazing work and effort of our talented creative teams."

ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAR!

PC gamers have a point when it comes to fears potential servers woes could prevent them from playing, but I'm sympathetic to the profound effect piracy's had on PC gaming, and I'm hard pressed to find too many instances where someone would find themselves without a connection.

That said, Ubisoft has no one to blame but themselves for this situation. It's not like its consumers haven't been actively asking for clarification on the DRM issue. The reason most of Reddit's gaming section has been flooded today with stories about From Dust's DRM is because the users feel lied to. If there's anything Ubisoft should have learned at this point, having gone through this combative cycle several times before, it's to be upfront. Consumers may push back, they may bitch to the heavens, but Ubisoft could say "We told you what to expect."

In that respect, Ubisoft failed.

Some users around the Internet are claiming Steam is offering refunds to upset users over the DRM. I've contacted Ubisoft about this but have not heard back. If you've managed to secure a refund, let me know, but when I submitted a customer service inquiry to Steam about the possibility of a From Dust refund, a representative basically told me it wasn't possible:

"As with most software products, we do not offer refunds or exchanges on games, DLC or in-game items purchased on our website or through the Steam Client. We will make an exception and refund preorders as long as the request is received prior to the release of the game. This only applies to preorders purchased from your account, preordered titles received or sent through the Steam Trading system cannot be refunded."

For now, PC users will continue raging. And while I think they're being a tad hyperbolic, they have a point.

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Posted by StingingVelvet
@Capum15 said:
While that's great, I never get why people rag on Steam. You can play games offline, you know. If it can't connect to the servers (though you need to wait a minute or so), it gives the option to open Steam in Offline mode, and then you can play.
Steam means a company has to approve you playing the game you bought.  A lot of people hate that, and worry it means they will not be playable 20 years down the road.
Posted by thebigJ_A

"...but I'm sympathetic to the profound effect piracy's had on PC gaming, and I'm hard pressed to find too many instances where someone would find themselves without a connection."

If you can't think of too many instances, you aren't thinking very hard. And what's this "profound effect" you're talking about? Yeah, Ubi will tell you they lose bajillions of sales, but without evidence it's just a corporate claim. PC gaming is flourishing, for companies that know how to treat customers like people, instead of thieves. Look at the digital download space. Look at The Witcher 2, which CD Projekt removed all DRM from, and seems to have sold rather well.

Who knows, maybe pirates are cutting pc sales by some significant percent. I highly doubt it, but maybe. How is it that punishing the people who paid for your game helps, ever? Ubi is just making it worse. More people pirate certain games because the pirates are offering a superior product, simple as that. It's the lack of DRM that makes it so.

Posted by Vegeta187x

I really wish I had heard this news before I bought my PC copy. Now I just wasted 15 bucks for a crappier version of a game that I've really been looking forward to playing.

Posted by SomeDeliCook

@digitalsea87 said:

Ubisoft lied, and that's obviously an asshole move. But what I don't get is the outrage at always-online DRM (remember the Diablo III news a while back?). Isn't everyone who plays video games pretty much always connected to the internet? I mean, you surely are if you're playing From Dust, which is a digitally distributed game. It honestly feels like whining over nothing. What's wrong with being connected to the internet? I'm connected to the internet right now. It feels good. Bad mouse controls and a capped framerate, however, those are bad things. Sounds like I'll be playing it on PS3, if I ever do at all.

Right now I'm in the middle of moving. The place I'm currently at doesn't have internet yet (not for another few weeks) and it sucks that I can't play certain games because I don't have an internet connection. I've been going back and playing older games from the late 90's/early 2000's. It sucks to not be able to just play a game I bought, even if its for just a few weeks.

Posted by solidejake

I don't think that they only screw PC gamers over. I think they do so to everyone. One example, the Splinter Cell: Double Agent port for PS3. Awful, awful port.

Posted by Gren

Add another game to my list of games I wont buy becasue of bullshit DRM policy's.

Posted by JohnPaulVann

I have no problem with DRM. I purchase all my software and am happy to comply with whatever procedures the vendors deem necessary. In fact, I think DRM should be more prominent, not less. I'm tired of piracy. It is destroying the industry. 

Posted by Capum15
@StingingVelvet said:
@Capum15 said:
While that's great, I never get why people rag on Steam. You can play games offline, you know. If it can't connect to the servers (though you need to wait a minute or so), it gives the option to open Steam in Offline mode, and then you can play.
Steam means a company has to approve you playing the game you bought.  A lot of people hate that, and worry it means they will not be playable 20 years down the road.
...It's still hard to get. I mean, go and buy a 1TB external, install steam on it, and download every game you buy. If money is a problem, don't buy any games from Steam games for a while until you get the TB. If you do that, you should be able to play any games you got whenever you want via the Offline mode, unless Valve somehow manages to explode the drive.

I can see that a "middleman" needing to authenticate the game being a bit weird, but...it's an amazing service. I guess it boils down to opinions, as I (and most people I know), love Steam.
Posted by TotalEklypse

ahem.. 
 
 
Fuck you Ubisoft. Fool me once shame on you.  
 
Shit won't happen again either.

Posted by OneManX

@Colonel_Fury said:

@Brodehouse

PC gamers are upset about something? Get right outta town.

I know, right??

... I understand the problem, but pretty much this is how I feel when i read most comments

Posted by Valru

 
So when can we expect online only drm + cdkeys on console games?

Posted by Mike17032

I will not buy any game that requires a constant internet connection to play single player. There are times when I do not have my laptop connect to the net, and I refuse to "rent" a game that I paid full price for. It should be my game, and I will play it when and where I damn well please until the end of time.

I can and do play games that are 15+ years old, does anyone really think these servers will still be around in 2026?

Posted by YukoAsho
@Protome said:
Thing is, the people plugging into uTorrent CAN install the game with no kinds of problem. It's the people who buy it legitimately that are harmed by this, how is that hard to understand? Yes, sure, lets go by your made up percentage of gamers being connected to the internet 95% of the time. That 5% of the time, they can't play the game. People who pirate the game however, can play it 100% of the time. Even though your percentage was pulled out of thin air, and completely wrong, it still goes to prove that the pirated experience is better. And quite simply, if the pirated experience is better than the legit experience, the DRM isn't working.
And this is the principal difference between console piracy and PC piracy.  On the console, it's the pirates that have the burden of making their game run (hardware mods, drive flashing, etc), while real customers just plug in the game and go.  On the PC, the situation is 100% reversed.  Pirates can just torrent and go (and that INCLUDES Ubi's always-online games, either by having a cracked game or a server emulator), while real customers have to jump fifty fucking hoops to play the games they paid $50+ for.  Why do people think PC gaming is becoming a niche?  Most people aren't patient enough to put up with this shit - they're either going to pirate, get a console, or just say 'fuck it' and get a new hobby, hopefully from an industry that respects them. 
 
THIS is why publishers like CDProject and Stardock thrive - they know full damned well that piracy's gonna happen anyway, but making the game worse for paying customers is going to exacerbate it.  This is why consoles are taking off like never before - their 'plug and play' appeal has become ever more so as misguided companies like UbiSoft and EA are more interested in fucking PC users than treating them like consumers. 
 
Honestly, it's to the point where I'm half ready to jump on the ship and sing Yo-ho-ho.
Posted by YukoAsho
@Mike17032 said:

I will not buy any game that requires a constant internet connection to play single player. There are times when I do not have my laptop connect to the net, and I refuse to "rent" a game that I paid full price for. It should be my game, and I will play it when and where I damn well please until the end of time.

I can and do play games that are 15+ years old, does anyone really think these servers will still be around in 2026?

They won't. 
 
I've pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I'll likely have to look for torrents of these games in a few years.  I'm fighting the urge to start looking now.
Edited by Evilsbane

I was so excited for From Dust and First I had to be informed literally 24 hours before release that the PC version was being pushed back so now I have to resist buying the 360 version for 2 weeks...fine whatever, then it gets released and reports of horrid controls and a capped frame rate came out...well that sucks but I can still use my controller, now this, nah Ubisoft I don't think ill be picking up this little gem and it is all thanks to your bullshit.

Edit: ALSO the constant internet connection is NOT being overblown you have to remember there are those of us who live out in the boonies and have to put up with shitty local ISP's and we have no choice but to deal with a crap unstable connection so That fact should not be understated at all, we don't all live next to the fucking sonic ring.

Posted by Procyon27

I'm confused as to why always online DRM is so infuriating....in this day isn't everyone's internet just on all the time. I know mine is. Does anyone actually disconnect their internet when they play games? 
 
Color me confused.

Posted by bio595

I have never had an issue with Ubisoft's DRM policy, mostly because I don't have a shitty connection. Ubisoft is pushing forward with this approach, though it may be a little premature to assume that everyone can have that kind of connection at this stage.

The issue with servers sounds like they aren't putting as high a priority on the matter as other publishers that are more dependent on them, i.e Blizzard. But if it is actually having an effect on piracy as they claim, then I don't blame them for trying. I am thankful for Ubisoft's (the developer, not the publisher) ports of the Assassins Creed games, because those games are fantastic and much much better on PC.

My support for them may be because I have not had a bad experience yet, however, lies by publishers and bad ports by devs are something to be legitimately angry about.

Edited by bhlaab

"We will assess each future PC title and strive to offer the best gameplay experience possible while also ensuring that we are protecting the amazing work and effort of our talented creative teams."

Creative Teams all shout in unison,  "Please! Stop doing us favors!"
Posted by Bunny_Fire

if i had known this before i bought from dust i would not have bought it ... now im trying to get as quickly as possible though the game ... and i have decided that i will never touch a ubisoft published ti til again ...

the same goes for diablo 3 i was looking forward to that game but my connection is spotty to the net so im not gonna get that game ...

Posted by RoyCampbell

Ubisoft sure is scummy and has been for a while. With the heaps of shovelware released, at times, all at once on Nintendo's Wii and DS consoles along with their barbaric take on DRM and now with yet another Assassin's Creed release coming up, it gets me thinkin' on what Ubisoft will pull next.
 
It really is too bad about From Dust. Really cool game, and it was to be expected that it'd be better in some ways on PC, but jeez. Ubisoft sure did get money from the pre-orders (that people aren't disputing, of course), but that's all they can expect now that this news has blown up. They're fucking over the developers more than anything.

Posted by warja

The part I can't wrap my head around is that if the DRM can be cracked at all hasn't it failed? While I wouldn't like it, I could understand if this form of DRM actually made it impossible for people to copy the game. But at this point it actually makes more sense to download the cracked version despite the fact that I preordered and paid for the legit copy.  I had planned on playing From Dust on my laptop while away on my next trip where an internet connection just isn't going to be available, so this seems to be my only solution.
 
By implementing this form of DRM, Ubisoft have made the pirated copy the better version of the game for the end customer.  
 
Just my 2 cents

Edited by chplusink

Seriously, each time they employ a new DRM method, it only makes it harder for a few people, the hackers who crack the DRM.  Then it's just as easy for people to download the cracked version, regardless of the DRM method.  The best part is that these DRM methods are actually seen as a challenge and somewhat of a game to the people that crack it, so they'll never see an end to that.  They're just providing an extra free game for the hackers, while punishing those that pay for the game. 
 
However, this doesn't really affect me, since I no longer play PC games, in part because of DRM methods.

Posted by doe3879

From Dust on PC has NO MOUSE control, the mouse is emulating an analog stick.

Posted by fuchikoma

Ubisoft is such a joke. This only confirms it further.

I won't play their new DRM'ed games bought, cracked, or on consoles. The more of my money they get, the longer they'll keep playing this game.

Posted by Sjupp

Am I the only person not being bothered by any of this shit and enjoying my From Dust for the PC?

Posted by Vasta_Narada
@Procyon27: Some people's internet connections are spotty, or someone may be playing on their laptop, while travelling, and not have internet access. And then there are times when your internet service ceases temporarily, for whatever reason.
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Posted by YukoAsho
@Vasta_Narada said:
@Procyon27: Some people's internet connections are spotty, or someone may be playing on their laptop, while travelling, and not have internet access. And then there are times when your internet service ceases temporarily, for whatever reason.
Of if you're running up against a bandwidth cap and would rather use whatever's left to actually game than to fuck around with Ubi's Orwellian tactics. 
 
The disconnect there seems to be here is that the people who have no problems at all (including the over-priviledged, myopic Californians that make up most of the staff) can't or won't understand that there are people who's situations are different from their own.
Posted by MachoFantastico

A mate of mine bought the PC version of Steam and said it's pretty piss poor.

Posted by StingingVelvet
@Capum15 said:
@StingingVelvet said:
@Capum15 said:
While that's great, I never get why people rag on Steam. You can play games offline, you know. If it can't connect to the servers (though you need to wait a minute or so), it gives the option to open Steam in Offline mode, and then you can play.
Steam means a company has to approve you playing the game you bought.  A lot of people hate that, and worry it means they will not be playable 20 years down the road.
...It's still hard to get. I mean, go and buy a 1TB external, install steam on it, and download every game you buy. If money is a problem, don't buy any games from Steam games for a while until you get the TB. If you do that, you should be able to play any games you got whenever you want via the Offline mode, unless Valve somehow manages to explode the drive.I can see that a "middleman" needing to authenticate the game being a bit weird, but...it's an amazing service. I guess it boils down to opinions, as I (and most people I know), love Steam.
I think it's a principle thing for some people.  "I should not have to ask Valve to play my boxed game purchase."  I mean I get that... imagine having to ask Warner Bros. before you watch Bladerunner on a Saturday night, it's a little hinky.  That said on the PC no one can really take your games away, the open nature of the platform means someone will always get those DRM'd games working down the line if there is no official means.  Just like there are mods and tweaks that get old games like Thief to run well on Win7 there will be mods, tweaks and hacks to get Portal 2 running on Win16 if need be.  That's just the nature of the platform and one of its main benefits.
 
Personally for me buying content on Xbox Live or PSN, closed systems that will be shut down someday, is a LOT worse.
Posted by falpatrick

DRM is lame indeed but what's worse is the quality of the ports they give us.
Remember the Double Agent port?.. Phahahaha, Ubisoft, stop trying to make PC games.  You've already broke my heart :'(

Posted by Johnny5

Just last night, before I had looked into the Dust DRM thing I was like "yeah I feel like a new game". It was a toss up between The Bastion, From Dust, and AOE: Online.

At least they made my decision a bit easier? Hell steam in general is its own (albeit not as full secure) level of DRM just by it being only on steam. This is just a pain.

Posted by falpatrick
@Sjupp said:

Am I the only person not being bothered by any of this shit and enjoying my From Dust for the PC?

Edited by Jabbawocky
@digitalsea87 said:

Ubisoft lied, and that's obviously an asshole move. But what I don't get is the outrage at always-online DRM (remember the Diablo III news a while back?). Isn't everyone who plays video games pretty much always connected to the internet? I mean, you surely are if you're playing From Dust, which is a digitally distributed game. It honestly feels like whining over nothing. What's wrong with being connected to the internet? I'm connected to the internet right now. It feels good. Bad mouse controls and a capped framerate, however, those are bad things. Sounds like I'll be playing it on PS3, if I ever do at all.

I'm not really a PC gamer to be honest but I would say that not everyone has a stable internet connection that can last a two hour game session. I don't know what its like where your from but parts of the UK get terrible speeds and stability. Just imagine getting a good chunk into a level only for the internet to cut out, highly irritating I would imagine.
Posted by Baal_Sagoth

Very nice and informative article! I like to see you giving the DRM situation some of your time since I'm highly interested in any further developments and it seems to be one of those subjects that doesn't get consistent coverage a whole lot. Thanks for an interesting overview of the situation!

Posted by veXedbulldog

As much as the bait-and-switch issue is aggravating, I think the fact that this is YET ANOTHER port to PC that is not optimized for PC controls is even worse. Here's one game where people generally commented that as fun as this is on XBLA, it would be great to see a higher-res version with mouse controls for the PC. Ugh.

Edited by darkdragonmage99
@JohnPaulVann: Piracy is destroying the industry like it destroyed the music industry oh wait a minute that hasn't hurt the music industry all  how about movies nope still have record breaking profits every year. G I wonder why the statistics and sales figures keep going up when the industry is being destroyed? could it possible be because it's not?  
 
Everyone who says piracy is hurting the game industry music or movie industry are full of shit because the confirmable number do not side with them at all.  
 Sales figures keep going up not down  they are making more money not less piracy isn't destroying anything.  The companies futile attempts at fighting piracy is doing all the damage.  
 
 @Procyon27:  look up the statistics  as of 2010 40 % of the US does not have broadband a % of that doesn't even have a connection at all.  That's the USA what about other parts of the world that are worse off then we are you see the problem now? 
Posted by smiddy

I wouldn't say I'm furious, more, disappointed than anything. When I play I really enjoy myself, but I have try my hardest not to stop when the controls won't do what I want them to. When I played the trial on the X-Box I loved it, but obviously thought it would control much better with a mouse. To see what they did with the controls in the PC version is just insulting to the game.

Posted by TheTelePlus

So a bunch of twelve year olds get pissy on Reddit of all places and this is breaking news? Okay.

Posted by Nethlem

@Koshka said:

I'm not for this whole always online DRM thing usually, but why isn't everyone up in arms about something like Starcraft2? I love that game and play it constantly, but there wasn't this type of uproar about it. I really can't quite figure out what Blizzard does to make everyone not care and then Ubisoft does something similar (that's easy to hack around) and everyone is pissed off so bad.

I know they lied, but I'm saying with many of their games.

Starcraft&Diablo survived on multiplayer for decades, it's somewhat reasonable to assume that's what most players want to play anyway. While in games like From Dust and AC2 you don't even have multiplayer and are yet still forced online. Not to mention that some people have been waiting for Diablo3 and Starcraft2 for over a decade while playing multiplayer of Diablo2/Starcraft ;)

The difference is also battle.net vs uplay or whatever other crap ubisoft has setup there.

Blizzard has with battle.net one of the oldest, biggest and among the most reliable gaming networks around. It pre-dates steam (it even predates Half-Life) and thanks to WoW it nearly handles more users per day then steam does in a week.

If i'm forced online to a certain system i rather use the one that has billions of WoW subscriber money and probably the most experience behind it, that i have been using for over a decade anyway. Instead of ubisofts thing which can from the looks of it easily be taken down by a couple of script kiddies DoS attacks..

Posted by Mumrik
@Veektarius said:
@Mumrik: Laptops don't equal poor connections any more than desktops do.  The only place I can see laptop being equal to a problem is for portable gaming purposes.. and I don't really believe that's a substantial share of the market.  Happy to look at stats that suggest otherwise.
My point was just that wifi networks are more likely to crap out here and there if you aren't close to your router, and that users are more likely to be out of network range at times because they bring their laptop with them.
Posted by LackingSaint

Most of all i'm incredibly annoyed by the complete lack of Display options, with you literally only having the option to change the Resolution and switch to Windowed mode. I have a decent system but being forced to have maximum texture quality and depth of field is really stupid.

Edited by Kadayi

@Sjupp said:

Am I the only person not being bothered by any of this shit and enjoying my From Dust for the PC?

No I'm with you. I think the whole things been completely blown out of proportion and I find it somewhat hilarious that such a song and dance is being made about it devoid of rhyme or reason on the most part, especially by those denizens of the internet for whom lack of internet is a largely an alien concept. The game only requires internet access at launch. How many people are seriously impacted by this in reality? I don't think enough to justify the angry internet man uproar over it.

Like most when AC2 was announced with the always on DRM I was like 'Fuck you guys' like the rest, but when it hit the bargain bins I thought I'd give it a look see, and quite frankly I didn't encounter one problem with it whatsoever during the 30 hours or so played and that was with the always on DRM (which has now been downgraded to the same 'internet at launch' level as From Dust).

But I've a shitty internet connection? That's an issue for your ISP to address. You pay them for internet access, if you are getting constant disconnects that's something your ISP need to fix. You pay them for a service, they are obliged to address it. I mean sure you could sit there with your shitty internet connection and rage against anything that requires a regular connection, or you could get your ISP to deal with it and make your overall internet experience much better across the board.

Edited by gbrading

I expect nothing less from Ubisoft. At the moment I've come to the conclusion they should simply stop releasing their games on PC. It's a waste of time when they are restricted and so badly ported as this.

Posted by rickydlam
The PC version def looks better and I'm sure it runs smoother. However I did find that I switched over to the xbox controller about half way through because the mouse was just more of a hassle than help.
Edited by notha

@rickydlam said:

The PC version def looks better and I'm sure it runs smoother. However I did find that I switched over to the xbox controller about half way through because the mouse was just more of a hassle than help.

really depends on your system since there's basically no graphics options. runs like shit on mine, it's a very cpu intensive game it seems, which makes complete sense since it's a big simulation

Posted by Krystal_Sackful

Mentioning Reddit?

Disgusting.

Edited by lockwoodx

Another reason to stick with Steam over Origin. Valve is a company for gamers who stopped a scumbag publisher. +1 Valve

Posted by Orange_Pork

I get around this type of shit by just not playing PC games. These are all just ports of console games anyway. The next, and probably last PC games I'll be picking up for the foreseeable future and Guild Wars 2 and Diablo 3, and that's assuming Diablo 3 doesn't wind up on consoles with mouse and keyboard support.

Posted by Russcat

@Buzzkill said:

Another reason to stick with Steam over Origin. Valve is a company for gamers who stopped a scumbag publisher. +1 Valve

Origin is EA's online store. I'm not seeing what it has to do with Ubisoft's DRM choices.

Posted by mikey87144

Does DRM really work? I've always believed that the people who pirate games never intended to purchase them. It seems to always be the case that DRM hurts the consumer.