3 on Wii U (maybe BoI one day, it was teased but I cannot see it, judging by the sheer amount of poop and general horribleness), two of them exclusive, including the top spot. It took too long, but the Wii U is finally genuinely worth buying. So I did, for Christmas.
Who cares? A lot of people, the people who've given the issue some thought and don't like corporate interest pooping on them. You should have more self respect. Here's your path to englightenment:
What Ubisoft is doing is bad because it breaks the illusion of the game experience. A piece of art is supposed to draw you into the illusion of being a real place, like a book or a movie. Being constantly reminded about real world stuff that is outside the game is a deliberate act of sabotage to the world they have tried to create. That's one reason why it's bad. You wouldn't get Martin Scorsese appearing 20 minutes into his movie to remind you about a web page that contains some background info on the characters.
Another reason is it's inconvenient. Instead of being able to do the game stuff in the game, you have to leave the game to do stuff for the game. That's just plain old bad design.
Third reason it's bad: There's absolutely no point in any of this. There is no benefit to the consumer/player at all. It's purely so Ubisoft Corporate can get your details and attempt to sell you more ethically bankrupt crap. If these tactics work, Ubisoft will push harder and harder until entire areas of the map won't be unlocked until you launch some trash on your phone and give them your home address.
And if you still don't care, fine. But it's YOU that doesn't care, lots of other people do.
I might just go Premium. Not for the extra content, but because I feel guilty about consuming all the free content for, um, free. I don't use AdBlocker on the site, but a billion ads for Call of Duty are wasted on me.
@garnsr: Seeing two men or women in a relationship only brings up sex if you start thinking about them having sex. They may be celibate and yet still committed. And explaining that two people love each other to a child is hardly contentious unless the parent has an irrational problem with it.