For those you unaware of Ubisofts new DRM that they plan to release on all of their future games, let me catch you up. With the release of the long delayed PC release of Assassins Creed 2, Ubisoft is planning to launch it with a very restrictive DRM system that "absolutely" no one can endorse. Essentially what it does, is while you are playing you must have a CONSTANT connection to the internet at all times, or the game will lock up and not allow the user to continue playing if at anytime you lose connection to their servers. This isn't something like a verify your account before you boot up system that many games use these days, but a constant connection that must be maintained or this single player only game will freeze and not allow you to continue playing it.
This is of course a problem for many people for reasons too numerous to go into here, but one in particular is how this affects our soldiers in some parts of the world. In an article that you can find here, a soldier on the front lines talks about how because of his location he has access to a high speed internet that has bandwidth caps and is not always connected. Due to his remote location getting new games is next to impossible unless he uses programs like Steam to download the games directly to his computer without the need to find a way to get the game shipped to him on the front lines. I will let the soldier explain his predicament in his own words:
"I'm deployed to Iraq right now, and [DRM] has ranged from annoying to unforgivable for me. I would like to let you know that Steam is pretty awesome with working with deployed folks to make sure we can access/play our games,"
"I've had hit and miss success with some of the other download companies. Any kind of game that tries to call home, though, is generally more of a problem than it is worth. Especially ones that try to resolve your IP address with your version/purchase location."
The issue is Internet connectivity. "Net connectivity on some of the larger [Forward Operating Bases]—I'm on Victory Base, it's HUGE and very built-up—is not terrible. However, we all have severe bandwidth caps with the 'government sponsored Internet,' drops in connectivity, or we have to pay a high price for 'civilian' Internet," he explained. The price of his Internet connection? $150 a month for a 192k connection. He also points out that he doesn't want to sound like he's complaining about the situation. "There are definitely guys out there who have it much worse."