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Ubisoft's DRM Currently Winning Against Pirates

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Ubisoft currently having the latest laugh in the Assassin's Creed II pirate wars.

Earlier this week we learned that pirates have already packaged and released a version of Silent Hunter 5 that supposedly found its way around Ubisoft's new Internet-required DRM scheme.

It turns out that the pirates may have jumped the gun on their victory cries, as there are now reports that players are unable to play Silent Hunter 5 past the first mission. It seems that the game may be making repeated requests for authentication between levels before allowing the player to continue.

An early crack was also released for Assassin's Creed II (which hits Australia and Europe before North America's March 9 release), but those who have tried it say that they are unable to advance very far into the game without being sent back to the menu screen.

In an Ubisoft statement reported by Rock, Paper, Shotgun, the game company said: "You have probably seen rumors on the web that Assassin’s Creed II and Silent Hunter 5 have been cracked. Please know that this rumor is false and while a pirated version may seem to be complete at start up, any gamer who downloads and plays a cracked version will find that their version is not complete."

In the early hours of the fight, it seems that Ubisoft is one up on the pirates. Thankfully, Ubisoft appears to be making it a little easier on paying customers.

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    N19h7M4r3 , 6 March 2010 07:08
    good for you ubisoft, you think you've won while the people wh actually buy the game are suffering from your stupidity and the ones who wont buy your game will just play it any way, be it yesterday or in 2 weeks time... do you think they care? Chances are people who play the cracked version where never gona buy it in the first place, and the people who buy it, probably never contemplated the idea of downloading it... you best chance with "pirates" is that in a few months/years someone downloads it, plays it, likes it and the next day he goes to the store and: "hey look whats this on the discount bin for 5$, sweet!!!" this is a war you wont win... the best thing you can do is leave them be... just sell games cheaper... so more people can buy it...
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    Pailin , 6 March 2010 07:38
    I didn't buy BioShock because of its DRM limited installs...

    I also wouldn't buy a game that cannot be played offline in singleplayer mode...
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    knightofdames , 6 March 2010 13:27
    keep your smirk when you see the Sales Chart Ubi..
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    Silmarunya , 6 March 2010 13:39
    Okay, viable criticism can be given of DRM. But it turns out it works. Even if it requires unpleasant measures, I still support publishers in weeding out pirates.
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    mactronix , 6 March 2010 14:35
    Well thats Ubisoft off my shoping list.There should be a big warning sticker about this sort of DRM, any DRM come to that. People should know exactly what they are getting for the money they are spending.

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    Skid , 6 March 2010 15:37
    It won't last, they already proved it was possible to bypass the DRM, now they just need to find all the areas that need bypassing. Its not even been a week yet its far to early to by advertising their winning, don't they know boasting about it will only make the crackers try harder?
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    flaminggerbil , 6 March 2010 18:29
    I'd give it a week before they come up with a fully functional hack.
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    deathmustard , 7 March 2010 05:09
    Making this hackers mad is only going to get there game cracked that much faster. This guys will always find a way around DRM.
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    Anonymous , 7 March 2010 08:01
    Sorry, mine works... no glitches so far. Been playing most of the missions and a bit of the campaign
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    tethoma , 8 March 2010 00:56
    Assasins Creed II had a working crack a month ago. I saw a friend beat the game.
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    MAC_HATER , 8 March 2010 01:43
    damn, i was real keen on buying SH5 and ACII - right up to the point the DRM got mentioned - so now i WONT be buying the games and i WONT be pirating it - id love to play the games but its no longer worth the hassle - ill go spend the money i would have otherwise spent on the games on registration for my car - lesser of 2 evils ;) 
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    codefuapprentice , 8 March 2010 03:54
    they should sell the game over steam without the DRM, and marry the license to the steam account that purchased the game, and provide some kind of encrypted authentication everytime the player logs into the game.
    No disc checks, no fuss, just similar to how Xbox live does checking.
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    waxdart , 8 March 2010 17:09
    @codefuapprentice. How evil are you? I don't want to rent the game (at full price). I want to be able to buy it and sell it should I need to. Steam is an awful form of DRM and if you do not see it as DRM. That makes it more insipid. It is a right to be able to buy and sell. I’ll count you as one of the fallen of the cause.

    These companies want to give the government more laws and they then use the new powers in ways they never said they would for uses the companies never intended.

    To all those I say,
    "My civil liberty is worth more than all copyright law and the content it fails to protect combined."
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    Anonymous , 8 March 2010 17:51
    Another developer to my Boycott list, problem its getting bigger, thank god for Indie games scene!!
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    neils_den , 8 March 2010 17:57

    Let's say I produce a widget that I want to sell - that's how I make my living, support my family, etc. Is it fair if others copy the widget or should I try to protect it?

    Expand that to a small company, with a few people working hard to produce widgets. Should they lose income just because a bunch of people want these widgets but don't want to pay for them?

    Ok. How about a corporation? Faceless and powerful (I'm thinking Activision at the moment with the Infinity Ward situation).

    At what point does it become acceptable to use something you haven't paid for?

    Or perhaps if you want to play with widgets, should you have to pay for them and accept the restrictions that widget makers decide to put on them?

    Maybe these widgets get produced in a way that makes them only usable by one customer. Is that fair?

    I don't know the answers. But liberties aren't just infringed by corporations.
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    waxdart , 8 March 2010 18:09
    moriconAnother developer to my Boycott list, problem its getting bigger, thank god for Indie games scene!!

    I've not too sure if this is all of them; but yes the list if getting bigger.

    If anyone know of any other DRM list please link it here and or PM me.
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    swamprat , 8 March 2010 18:24
    If the complaint against Steam that it makes things too hard to resell etc is particularly valid then surely that should just drive a bit of a price distinction between the online purchase and a resellable one (assuming you aren't allowed to sell a Steam account including game).
    Currently for new games Steam doesn't ever seem particularly competitive (in GBP anyway)

    It's different arguing over the price of something than saying it ought to be free to take.
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    waxdart , 8 March 2010 18:49
    neils_denBut liberties aren't just infringed by corporations.

    Well, for a “Ubisoft game crack DRM” story you could call off topic.

    First up, I do not download. I am not a criminal and do not want to pay for a product and be treated like one.

    To quote this guy off of Slashdot.
    Why do artists get to control their creation after they sell it? Manufacturers don't. Crafts makers don't. If I sell you a car I can't tell you how fast to drive it, where to drive it, or what brand of oil you can use for oil changes. Just because something is "artistic" or "creative" (a property that is ill defined and could apply to anything) should not give you special rights. You made something, you sold it, they can now do whatever they want with it.

    All copyright things for games , dvds, CDs aside. In the UK the laws that are being passed for corporate protection that will be used to undermine basic freedom.
    Also things like deep packet inspection on your data is unwarranted surveillance.

    Its not about the games you play it's the laws they will misuse to control you.
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    excalibur1814 , 8 March 2010 19:15
    If you want the damn game, then just buy the damn game. I purchased Bioshock and really, really don't give a crap about the DRM. We know it's there, we know what it does and it's hardly hidden.

    By the same level we should all ditch Google products and kick iTunes out of our pc's but we don't. JUST BUY the game.

    P.s. Currently playing Supreme Commander 2 and I have no idea if it has DRM as I'm too busy PLAYING it.
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    mactronix , 8 March 2010 19:26
    That's your opinion excalibur1814, and you are of course entitled to it.
    Some of us can see the principle here though, and it matters to us.
    You may as well tell a vegitarian to just eat the meat as they know they like it.
    There shouldnt be terms and conditions set as to how and when you can use a product you have purchased, regardless of what that product is.
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