It is amazing that in our modern times that more and more companies are trying to stop people from copying their games and software and yes that is totally fine and I support them with that but when is it time to say enough is enough and just start focusing on actually making good games again.
You may have heard of DRM (digital rights management) which basically finds a way to stop the game from being copied. Originally we had CD keys, having to sign up online and so fore but once again one company has went a step even further – Ubisoft.
Ubisoft are the makers of quite a good game called Assassin Creed which as the name says, you are an assassin. Skipping the whole story, the second game is based after the first one but many years in the future. This time however, Ubisoft has decided to install yet a new DRM system which needs an always online Internet connection.
Some of you may think this is not a bad thing at all but basically with this game that if your Internet connection drops that the game will pause and after a few seconds or so that if you reconnect it will restart back at the last checkpoint rather then just un-pausing it from where you was.
To be honest, Ubisoft has shot themselves in the foot. Think about it and let’s be honest. No one in the United Kingdom actually has a good Internet connection – Mine even keeps randomly disconnects for seconds every hour. If I was playing this game it would go like this.
Me: Oh cool, just got to kill this one person and then go in there and finish of my target and mission done.
Disconnects for one second.
AC2: O NO UR INTARNET CON3CTION AS S2P!!11!1 WTF LOL THES SI S2LAN THES SI S2LEN!11!!!111 LETS S2P TEH GM3 AND FUK U OVAR!111! LOL
Me: WHAT THE FUCK.
AC2: U HAEV 2 START AGANE AT LAST CHEKPOINT!1!!1111 WTF LOL
Me: Oh what the fuck.
Pulls the game out of my computer
Throws the games into the fire and laugh
In fact thinking about it, what happens if Unisoft master servers goes offline. The game would then stop working and it would not even be for fault. I wonder if Ubisoft thought about all the people that play games on the go and not just in their house as those people wo not be able to play the game as we do not live in a world in which we have a 24/7 wireless Internet connection.
I can even see Ubisoft then charging you a monthly fee to keep these servers online as I do not know how they are going to keep funding this with just a one off payment. Personally I would not even get this game for the PC just for the fact that their DRM has went to far and I would not even be able to pay it. Well done Ubisoft for making offline game mode just as hard as online gaming.
I would not buy it, but if you want to – Click here to preorder Assassin Creed 2 PC.
Need to reference?
Ellis, M. (2010). Pay to be a Criminal. [online] Snat's Narratives & Tales. Available at: https://snat.co.uk/rants/pay-to-be-a-criminal.html [Accessed 07 Dec 2023].
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