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Ubisoft kills "I Survived" and new Ghost Recon for PC


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#1 BlackSpyder

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 01:06 PM

A quick run down of the whole workings of the last few days, Ubisoft has made Ghost Recon Online Free to play and killed any hope of "I Survived" and "Ghost Recon : Future Solider" ever coming to PC citing a 95% piracy rate and inability to make a profit on PC. Valve founder Gabe Newell tends to disagree and almost said point blank "It's your DRM". Valve sold more copies of Portal2 on PC then anywhere else. The question remains is there room in the market for DRM? Lets face it the Assassins Creed 2 screw up is what hurt Ubisoft most. Gamers like myself can't be connected at all times and I'm not one to p[ay $60 for something that potentially won't work.

http://www.pcgamer.com/2011/11/23/ghost-recon-online-being-free-to-play-is-a-counter-to-piracy-says-ubisoft-producer/
http://torrentfreak.com/ubisoft-blames-piracy-for-non-release-of-pc-game-111124/
http://www.tcs.cam.ac.uk/story_type/site_trail_story/interview-gabe-newell/
http://www.csmonitor.com/Innovation/Horizons/2010/0219/Why-Ubisoft-DRM-for-Assassin-s-Creed-2-has-outraged-gamers

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 01:18 PM

I agree with Gabe Newell. In fact, I consciously avoid Ubisoft titles exactly because of their DRM. I'm sure I am not alone there; I refuse to pay good money for what amounts to a Trojan horse (and I've long since grown out of piracy.) So I just give my money to publishers who respect their customers.

Ubisoft is well within their rights to bundle whatever sort of DRM they please with their games, no matter how onerous. And I am well within my rights to shun their entire catalog in response.

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 10:30 PM

Ubisoft is well within their rights to bundle whatever sort of DRM they please with their games, no matter how onerous. And I am well within my rights to shun their entire catalog in response.

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Piracy is going to happen whether you use DRM or not. DRM just pisses off the legitimate customers who can't play the game they payed good money for when it doesn't work (thanks to DRM).

Here's yesterday's Kotaku article about it: http://kotaku.com/5862568/ghost-recon-game-skipping-pc-because-of-you-guessed-it-piracy

Personally, I never got into Ghost Recon, although it will probably be a good game. Just hate to see PC users get jipped because Ubisoft is pissed that their games are pirated so often. Well maybe if you didn't lace the darn thing with so much DRM, people wouldn't have to pirate it just to be able to play it.

Mind you, I don't support piracy, but I'm not a fan of excessive DRM either. There's plenty of middle ground.
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Posted 27 November 2011 - 03:14 AM

I'm not a Ghost Recon fan myself (I tend to avoid anything with a title starting with "Tom Clancy's") but I have friends who are. I was looking forward to "I Survived" since it looked to be in the vain of the older Resident Evil and Silent Hill games. Given the way their DRM works I couldn't even play one legally as bad as my connection is some days. Why someone would pay $60 for a game that may or may not work when you want it too is far beyond me. Ubisoft has lost my business, I borrow their 360 titles from friends instead of even buying used copies.

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