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Gamers Stung by Ubisoft DRM Offered Free Stuff

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Have you been having problems with the Ubisoft DRM? You could get free stuff!

There's been a number of problems surrounding Ubisoft's latest DRM scheme, which requires gamers to be online constantly in order to progress through even the single player mode.

Flaws in the system due to internet connection stability aside, Ubisoft's master servers also fell under attack, which prevented paying customers from playing their rightfully owned games.

Ubisoft is now trying to soften the hardships through freebies. The game company is notifying its customers: "Following the recent temporary game server outages which may have caused disruption to some Assassin's Creed 2 players on PC only, we would like to reward your patience if you have experienced any problems by offering you some additional content - previously only available with special editions."

That special content was previously exclusive to those who bought the Black Edition of Assassin's Creed 2. Now those who forked over the premium for the special edition aren't feeling so special anymore.

According to Bit-tech and Eurogamer, some gamers on the forums have even reported that Ubisoft is offering a free game for the troubles. Such games include Hawx, Heroes Over Europe, EndWar, Shaun White's Snowboarding and Prince of Persia.

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    el33t , March 27, 2010 6:05 AM
    It's absolutely no use. The DRM is just unacceptable [Though it is a smart way to tackle piracy, but the 'side-effects' are a bit too annoying]

    Ubisoft will understand this when they see their sales drop down steeply with their next big release.
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    flea420 , March 27, 2010 6:28 AM
    It's really sad when DRM causes headaches for legit buyers and is not an issue at all for the Pirates.

    I thought game companys learned this years ago?
  • 20 Hide
    Sythix , March 27, 2010 5:35 AM
    Lol, more fail.
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  • 20 Hide
    Sythix , March 27, 2010 5:35 AM
    Lol, more fail.
  • 24 Hide
    el33t , March 27, 2010 6:05 AM
    It's absolutely no use. The DRM is just unacceptable [Though it is a smart way to tackle piracy, but the 'side-effects' are a bit too annoying]

    Ubisoft will understand this when they see their sales drop down steeply with their next big release.
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    maigo , March 27, 2010 6:06 AM
    Oh boy! Free bad games!
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    z0d , March 27, 2010 6:09 AM
    Could those freebies now have DRM protection as well?
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    dtm4trix , March 27, 2010 6:23 AM
    there is no way in hell I would evar fork over my hard earned money for a game I can not play uninterrupted. Ubisoft wants us to give them our money for this shyte? While I don't agree with piracy, I don't agree with big corporations trying to pirate my money for half baked idea that they think would be acceptable to the consumer either./end rant
  • 21 Hide
    flea420 , March 27, 2010 6:28 AM
    It's really sad when DRM causes headaches for legit buyers and is not an issue at all for the Pirates.

    I thought game companys learned this years ago?
  • 7 Hide
    flea420 , March 27, 2010 6:29 AM
    Make a good game, people WILL buy it.
    Otherwise, you deserve to loose revenue and go bankrupt!
  • 10 Hide
    Anonymous , March 27, 2010 6:43 AM
    People need to STOP buying games that use these kinds of intrusive protection.
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    turtlespeed , March 27, 2010 7:09 AM
    LOL. How can they 'soften' the pain if people can't play because their dsl is not up to it?! Some people live in areas where the dsl is not perfect..
    Did you thought about that mister/misses Ubisoft?!
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    False_Dmitry_II , March 27, 2010 7:18 AM
    There's a reason I have the xbox 360 version of this game.
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    r0x0r , March 27, 2010 10:03 AM
    You know, I'd like to play games nowdays, but restrictive DRM is just making it too annoying to have fun.

    At least I can thank EA and Ubisoft for getting me back into books and going outside :) 
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    Kryan , March 27, 2010 10:26 AM
    lol @ r0x0r's comment. yeah, recent WoW server crashes (EU servers) have made me start cycling a lot more! :) 

    on the DRM note...i would be up in arms if i HAD bought a special edition copy...it's like: 1) i paid more to get exclusive content, 2) i ALSO couldn't play while the servers were down 3) what do i get? Exclusive, exclusive content? ... words fail me with Ubisoft's DRM... any news on the cracking front :D 
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    jsc , March 27, 2010 11:10 AM
    I wait 6 months to a year before I buy a game. Less expensive or the game includes expansion packs. And I can avoid really intrusive DRM.

    I won't be buying anything from Ubisoft.
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    ivaroeines , March 27, 2010 2:29 PM
    When do they learn, its impossible to come up with a thing that prevent piracy completely, piracy is something multimedia companies will have to live with. The only way forward is to educate people about the negative sides of piracy, with drm and dragging people to court you only aggrivate people and make more likely to pirate stuff.

    They should have said something like this: " We need to earn money on our products, for that to happen we need to make products that isnt pirated so much, with much piracy going on our music will be in large part made for old people as they tend to buy their music and not pirate it "
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    ctmk , March 27, 2010 2:29 PM
    i2010People need to STOP buying games that use these kinds of intrusive protection.


    but don't forget countries that have lower income. :)  games still sell the same price as US there. it motivates piracy even the game is at their best.
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    ivaroeines , March 27, 2010 2:47 PM
    Follow up to my previous post.

    Gaming and movie companies could go: " Piracy causes us to cut budgets on our upcomming games/ movies and we can not make titles that may not sell, the innovation within our business will stop or slow down as innovation is too risky and will cause us to lose money."
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    JohnnyLucky , March 27, 2010 3:05 PM
    Did someone say free stuff?
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    christop , March 27, 2010 3:47 PM
    well I just wont buy it. Why pay for something just to be treated like you stole it.
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    matt314 , March 27, 2010 6:27 PM
    Man I bought this stupid game and I still had to torrent it to play! WTF is up with that!
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    builderbobftw , March 27, 2010 7:10 PM
    Yeh, If you had DRM troubles with Ubisoft before, they're gonna make it better by giving you more broken garbage!
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