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



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



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.


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


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: