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Ubisoft's DRM for Assassin's Creed II is Cracked

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April 23, 2010 11:59:51 PM

Tbh, that's piracy/hacking I would condone. Its redonkulous that they attempt DRM like that in the first place. Nicely done.
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April 24, 2010 12:07:03 AM

Skid Row FTW!!!
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April 24, 2010 12:13:06 AM

I don't play pirated games, but I am completely all in favor of this. Restricting paying customers is the most ridiculous idea ever. People who aren't going to buy it (pirates) in the first place aren't just going to buy it because they can't play it.
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April 24, 2010 12:15:09 AM

Yep, skid row has been my favorite for some time now, and it does work perfectly =).
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April 24, 2010 12:17:27 AM

Am I the only one who thinks it is inappropriate to report on illegal cracking? I can see a semi-legitimate reason to post something like this (tech news regarding the uncrackable being cracked); on the flip side, it only promotes piracy by informing someone who may not otherwise know. It even gives the cracking group name for easy searching.
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April 24, 2010 12:19:38 AM

I was all set to buy it but when i heard of the DRM for this title I didn't bother.I don't and will not pay for things not to work.
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April 24, 2010 12:20:27 AM

dannyaaAm I the only one who thinks it is inappropriate to report on illegal cracking? I can see a semi-legitimate reason to post something like this (tech news regarding the uncrackable being cracked); on the flip side, it only promotes piracy by informing someone who may not otherwise know. It even gives the cracking group name for easy searching.


if the original game wasn't such an insult to paying customers, you might be right.
restricting people from playing a game they have paid for should be illegal, and in this instance i think the crackers are the good guys and Ubisoft are the bad guys.
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April 24, 2010 12:20:41 AM

razer! haha skid row? well.
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April 24, 2010 12:21:35 AM

I'm sure Razor 1911 will release a version of their crack soon.....
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April 24, 2010 12:25:33 AM

I've refused to buy this game until now. If I end up playing it, I won't be purchasing it that's for sure. This s worst than starforce imo...
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April 24, 2010 12:25:55 AM

I really don't know what to say that hasn't been said in any other thread like this. We all knew it was going to happen. It seems developers are being scammed by folks dribbling nonsense about thier latest DRM packages. The developer buys in, feels the need to market the expensive DRM they just purchased, which then ultimatley seems to be an invitation or challenge to the hackers who eventually conquer said quest.
Dear Developer,
Please re-invest the money budgeted for DRM into the product. The usage statistics you see in a pirated game of any sort simply cannot reflect loss on your part because many in that usage statistic would have never bought the game anyway and only tried it because it was already cracked on release. I want you to be paid for your work and will continue to buy quality releases so long as my right to play the damn game still exists without being punished for my purchase.
Sincerely,
Gamer for life.
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April 24, 2010 12:28:36 AM

dannyaaAm I the only one who thinks it is inappropriate to report on illegal cracking? I can see a semi-legitimate reason to post something like this (tech news regarding the uncrackable being cracked); on the flip side, it only promotes piracy by informing someone who may not otherwise know. It even gives the cracking group name for easy searching.
By this logic we shouldn't report on murders or thefts either.
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April 24, 2010 12:32:49 AM

Lets sing the song:

Do what you want cause a pirate is free, game developers are retarded.

Honestly, game devi's hurt themselves more with ridiculous drm scemes like this.
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April 24, 2010 12:34:33 AM

IN UR FACE UBISOFT !! ... marcus have u contacted ubisoft for comment on the matter ? maybe they will release a patch to remove the DRM completely... any updates would be helpful :) 
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April 24, 2010 12:36:22 AM

what about Reloaded lol?
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April 24, 2010 12:36:22 AM

as much as I hated Ubisoft's DRM scheme in concept (i refuse to buy the game because of it), pirates/hacker cracking it screws us gamers. Its just more reason for developers to leave the PC. Pretty soon we will just have MMO games and nothing else.
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April 24, 2010 12:39:37 AM

wonder how much money was spent coming up with this DRM?

WELP!!! DOWN THE TOILET IT GOES!!!!!!
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April 24, 2010 12:42:14 AM

I am a lifetime gamer and will not purchase Assassin's creed because of the foul way this DRM is implemented. I do buy all of the games I play. I only buy PC games because I don't need different consoles (PC) to tie me down to their hardware.
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April 24, 2010 12:45:07 AM

Just goes to show,DRM ONLY stops those who don't think it's worth their effort to circumvent it.
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April 24, 2010 1:00:30 AM

as far as I know qwerty it's only skid row now. I think reloaded/razer had an emulated crack, but not ones like skid row. Not entirely sure though. As I don't like "emulations" when it can be advoided, and I had a feelingit was only a matter of time.
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April 24, 2010 1:05:40 AM

Took 'em almost a month to crack efficiently, so in a way they are making copy protections and DRM more difficult for those breaking it, but not making it efficient for people who actually BOUGHT the games with it.
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April 24, 2010 1:08:13 AM

This is retarded. Now it's been cracked, let's see how the AC2 sales dry up, and after that, do you really think Ubi is going to continue developing for PCs?

While they may be 'helping' people with 1 or 2 games, pirates in the end are just screwing everyone over (... Except console games, I s'pose, but I'm not really interested in their affairs).
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April 24, 2010 1:27:00 AM

I'm just going to go use google and download the DRM free version now thanks.
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April 24, 2010 1:28:42 AM

and on and on and on.... Piracy is on consoles too damn it, in matter of fact consoles games doesn't even need to be cracked to play, they modify the damn box and play fake copys of the games, downloaded ones, just like PC games.
Cut the BS, there is less piracy on consoles coz there are less console gamers than on PC.
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April 24, 2010 1:28:55 AM

yep, its cracked, works wonders....double click and play ... no friking DRM annoying checks....
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April 24, 2010 1:31:30 AM

@bison88: Yeah, except this was probably something they threw their entire team at for months. They were also most likely planning to reuse the same code in all of their games.

Problem is that now that a hack has been devised, the DRM will fall much, much faster in other games using the same scheme. If they wanted to stop pirates from cracking their games, they'd have to continuously invent more complex DRM which is of course unfeasible.
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April 24, 2010 1:46:20 AM


Dkzand on and on and on.... Piracy is on consoles too damn it, in matter of fact consoles games doesn't even need to be cracked to play, they modify the damn box and play fake copys of the games, downloaded ones, just like PC games.Cut the BS, there is less piracy on consoles coz there are less console gamers than on PC.


Good point. You don't have to crack a console game, just mod the DVD rom and firmware. I've fixed dozens of Xbox 360 RROD consoles that have been modded to play *ahem* backed up games.
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April 24, 2010 1:49:50 AM

Well, I have taken my stance and will never buy this game. But I do plan on playing it sometime in the future ;) 
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April 24, 2010 1:50:52 AM

I will not buy it because the internet connection in our country is suck, I would not finish a part without being disconnected, so I would opt for the pirated version then.
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April 24, 2010 2:08:59 AM

digi, just buy the game then use the crack is your that bent on it.
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April 24, 2010 2:10:48 AM

I don't see how using a crack will really help. After all, you are still sending a signal to the company that you will buy DRMed junk and help them make a profit. In the end, the legitimate user is still loosing.

Also, while there may be upstanding honest cracks put out there, the risk of getting extra little surprised with your work-around are present. Even if nothing is immediately apparent, your system could become the equivalent to a member in a sleeper cell.
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April 24, 2010 2:14:25 AM

An article I am interested in is how many CONSOLE games are pirated or is it impossible to tell?
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April 24, 2010 2:19:14 AM

Downloading this now.
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April 24, 2010 2:28:03 AM

Haha
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April 24, 2010 2:29:03 AM

This warms my heart. May all DRM ultimately continue to fall. It's been years since I bought a game straight up without checking for draconian DRM and such on the web first, and since it's gotten so bad, I refuse to buy any game that relies on such measures. I am not completely 'innocent', I have in my many years picked up a few games free, but only a few, most of which were old and not on sale anymore when I got them.

DRM drove me away from being a constant purchaser of games, (well, that and the 'consolitis' that has plagued games for years, largely gone are the real sims, and tactical games with tons of micromanagement options). The worse their DRM 'schemes' got, (depositing rootkits to your drive, and the like), the more inclined I was to just refuse to buy. If a game had such protection and I wanted to play it bad enough, well...let's just say there's no way I'll buy it under such a restrictive envelope. Screw Ubisoft, and all other game companies who put the screws to legitimate customers just to protect a game. Can't believe those suits sitting on top of the Ubi heap cannot see this is actually losing them money on DRM costs, as well as by driving away legitimate purchasers. Smooth moves, idiots.

They must all have college degrees ordered from the back of Boy's Life scouts magazine or something...
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April 24, 2010 2:54:54 AM

love skid row
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April 24, 2010 3:03:52 AM

This is not news not current anyways this games crack was out before game hot the shelf, what is big news about drm is that people that are buying Avatar on Blue-Ray the drm is so bad it won't play on any of my blu-ray players, its all over the boards just another case of drm gone bad.

Tom seems to have not posted anything about this yet.

http://gadgetsteria.com/2010/04/23/drm-at-its-finest-new-avatar-drm-causing-playback-woes-on-blu-ray-players-only-legal-purchases-affected/
http://www.amazon.com/Will-play-many-Ray-players/forum/Fx2NBHP9W1IZXFF/Tx2KGMUN91X6WP0/1/ref=cm_cd_ef_rt_tft_tp?_encoding=UTF8&asin=B002VPE1B6
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April 24, 2010 3:14:47 AM

otacon72"Ubisoft's DRM for Assassin's Creed II is Cracked"....until they released a *required* update to continue playing the game.



How would that work? You could just refuse to download the update they cant force a update on a copy of the game that's not connected to there servers. I mean I don't condone hacking but at the same time company's are getting out of hand with DRM and to tell ya the truth its only a matter of time before a company like Ubisoft gets sued by someone with loads of money and nothing better to do. Cause your still buying the rights to a game and if you cant use that product because of something on the manufactures end that sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen. You can tell me Terms of service and all that crap but remember its a piece of paper a Judge has the final say on if its valid or not. Its kinda like buying a car you own the rights to said car but lets say one day out of the blue your car will not start you come to learn the manufacture uses some kinda crazy system that has to connect to there home office to start and its down just think of the up roar and lawsuits from that and the investigations.
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April 24, 2010 3:43:46 AM

I bought, played and finished this game with no issues at all. I think alot of people are assuming a bit to much. I don't agree with their methods, but it wasn't as intrusive to me as some of you are making it out to be. So they want to protect their stuff. Let them. Protest it by no buying the game, once sales fall, they will do something about it. Just a reminder though, the work that these guys put into the game (fantastic game) I don't blame them from wanting to protect it. Wish they had gone another way about it, but obviously this has pissed alot of people off. And I would say that 3/4 of pissed off people wouldn't have bought it, or added another requirment before buying, such as its to expensive. Excuses most of it. If people didn't thieve, they wouldn't put drm into it. I will no doubt get blasted for this, bugger it. I paid for the game, I had no issues. I doubt most of you would either
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April 24, 2010 4:16:04 AM

ubisoft is obviously ridding this whole drm thing much harder than any other publisher out there. i do want to point that out to the a-holes that are talking bad about deveploers (i wont name any names but eys i include EVERY ONE of you that posted soem disparraging remark about developers) first of you are all total idiots and know absolutely nothing about the game industry , it is not developers that control rather or not DRM is put on a game , it is publishers that determine this. Granted ubisoft is a developer as well as a publisher , but i think with assassin creed 1 adn 2 they were just the publishers. secondly there is a grwoing number of developers that are angry over the Securom DRM adn others like it.

so in the future instead of showing every one how little you know about the game industry please consider the fact that publishers determine DRM not developers, before making your post.

in case youa re wondering I'm a game art design student, that is saying i wil be a developer when i finish school , not a publisher.

now on to my comment about this news tibit

i hoenstly think it is rather spiteful that these companies will put this drm on thier PC games and then turn around and admit that the PC is not a strong point in sales for them any way. first off thier schemes only hurt thier sales further. basically they are adding insult to injury. it's like they are saying

"hey you the smaller crowd, the minority , we are gonna bug the piss out of you if you try to play our game on your platform of choice. so you might as well buckle and go buy a console because until then we could care less about you or your miniscule dollars. Hell we even spent more on ensuring that you get bugged, than what this game will likely make off of you !"


seriously note how the strongest supporters of consoles are the companies that are hanging on to these horrible DRM schemes ( EA, Ubisoft, Atari) it's as if they are trying to get rid of PC's as a gaming platform.
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April 24, 2010 4:16:11 AM

DRM has always been a bane to the legitimate purchaser; I remember running Populous and MOO having to flip through the game manual to continue playing. I guess this means I can now buy ACII?... But then again Ubi might complain about me playing there game without having to run a 50' to my crappy router :\ Anyways sorry Ubi I love your games, but I hate your DRM, unless you are willing to pay for my internet access?
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April 24, 2010 4:27:48 AM

csimmoI bought, played and finished this game with no issues at all. I think alot of people are assuming a bit to much. I don't agree with their methods, but it wasn't as intrusive to me as some of you are making it out to be. So they want to protect their stuff. Let them. Protest it by no buying the game, once sales fall, they will do something about it. Just a reminder though, the work that these guys put into the game (fantastic game) I don't blame them from wanting to protect it. Wish they had gone another way about it, but obviously this has pissed alot of people off. And I would say that 3/4 of pissed off people wouldn't have bought it, or added another requirment before buying, such as its to expensive. Excuses most of it. If people didn't thieve, they wouldn't put drm into it. I will no doubt get blasted for this, bugger it. I paid for the game, I had no issues. I doubt most of you would either



you sir obviously have poor reading comprehension or like to purposefully ignore the facts.

sure the game plays great for you , you have a solid internet connection obviously. but not every one , does these are the folks that are having beef with ubisoft over this gmae , then ther are the folks that like to paly games while on the go via thier gaming laptop, but oh wait can't do internet when you are in a car , train, buss, or plane. i'm glad and im sure every one else here is glad the game works for you flawlessly. but the exception proves the rule.
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April 24, 2010 4:34:09 AM

"A lock only keeps out a poor thief"

These companies need to realize that they exist only because we are willing to spend our money on their entertainment, all this DRM just gets in the way of that and will push people to just get the free, cracked copies.

Also, they REALLY need to stop bragging about their new, "uncrackable" solution to piracy; some may see that as a challenge.
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April 24, 2010 4:41:17 AM

They will never protect hacking. I mean they should accept the truth. So they end up wasting funds on DRM and they charge more on customer. They are no real developer, they are the profit bastard.
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April 24, 2010 4:46:28 AM

I'm already thinking of buying this game.
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April 24, 2010 5:03:35 AM

The worst part is that ubisoft would never require this for the xbox version. if piracy is so bad on the console why dont they require the internet connection for the xbox too. they just want to treat pc players like crap, well i am glad that skid row didnt take it.
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April 24, 2010 5:14:16 AM

demonhorde665, I think you skimped over the bit where I said I didn't agree with there methods. What I said was I understand why they would and don't blame them. I blame the pirates. Wouldn't need DRM if there were no pirates
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April 24, 2010 5:17:45 AM

... old news...
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April 24, 2010 5:21:31 AM

dannyaaAm I the only one who thinks it is inappropriate to report on illegal cracking? I can see a semi-legitimate reason to post something like this (tech news regarding the uncrackable being cracked); on the flip side, it only promotes piracy by informing someone who may not otherwise know. It even gives the cracking group name for easy searching.


Ubisoft promoted this pira...fix to their broken game, they've no one to blame for it but themselves.
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