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Assassin’s Creed 2 DRM rant

Recently I’ve been playing Assassin’s Creed 2 for PC, and I have to say I enjoy it. The artistic direction is excellent, and sometimes (especially during some of the cut-scenes) the facial animation actually conveys some pretty good acting.

But the worst thing about the game is its protection against pirating. Ubisoft has effectively put itself in a position where they turned us (their customers) into little children and themselves into a parental authority figure. Think the analogy’s far-fetched?

1) They demand to know at any moment if we are playing or not. And they check on us every couple of minutes.

2) They make us ask for their consent before we are even allowed to play. Not just once, but each and every time.

3) They can turn off the game (and I mean that literally) at any instant, for whatever reason (out of our control), be it technical or temperamental.

I still can’t fathom how some people in charge at Ubisoft thought this could be a good idea. I’m sorry for stating the obvious, but blatantly invading your customers’ privacy is NOT a step in the right direction from treating them like thieves.

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  1. March 31st, 2010 at 08:24 | #1

    Well put. I can’t imagine this is at all a cost effective way to curb piracy. No matter how strong you build your armor, someone’s going to find a way to break it down.

    Thanks for the retimingTool btw, it’s kind of friggin’ awesome!

  2. April 25th, 2010 at 00:27 | #2

    Not sure if you saw this….


  3. Seith
    April 25th, 2010 at 10:12 | #3

    Hah! I guess it was only a matter of time. But I’m afraid Ubisoft will still consider that particular DRM a form of success, no matter if they made the experience a very frustrating one for a part of their customers…

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