Ubisoft DRM snafu reminds us what's wrong with PC gaming

vbimport

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The PC gaming industry likes to blame piracy for many of its ills, but it’s clear that no one has found a cure-all for this particular disease. Various forms of DRM added to the retail versions of PC games are—at the very least—annoying for the gamer who bought a boxed or digital copy of a game. At the very worst, some methods of DRM can make the game unplayable. Ubisoft ran into such a glitch with the CD-check built into the PC version of Rainbow Six Vegas 2; users who downloaded the game from an official source didn’t have a disc to pass the check, causing a new patch to break legally downloaded versions of the game. Ubisoft had a novel—not to mention cheap—way to fix this: a crack that allows the game to play without a disc in the drive. The issue? The crack came from the “warez” group Reloaded, with no attribution or notice that third-party code was used to fix the DRM issue.

Link: http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080720-ubisoft-drm-snafu-reminds-us-whats-wrong-with-pc-gaming.html

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#2

As complicated as it must be to design a PC game to just drop the ball on an issue so basic a 4th grader would have seen coming.


#3

Lol … so … you can legally apply the reloaded crack to your game, if you download it from the game provider’s website? :slight_smile:

Hahahha!

Are we allowed to discuss this on cdfreaks? Or is this just opening up a whole new can of worms …

You can discuss illegal cracks so long as they are officially approved? Or just if the DRM manufacturer is incompetent :stuck_out_tongue: