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Submitted by mrcreosote 52d ago | article

The DRM Debacle

GR-UK writes: "Watch Dogs is the latest example of a botched release on PC. It's the most recent game that launched with huge anticipation and crumpled under a stampede of excitement. It wasn't broken, but was unplayable, and left huge numbers of customers disappointed after one of the most anticipated launches of the year. It wasn't bad coding, it wasn't incompatible with a huge number systems, it came down to one thing and one thing alone, DRM." (Diablo III, Dragon Age: Origins, Games for Windows - LIVE, PC, SimCity, Uplay, Watch Dogs)

aiBreeze  +   52d ago
It's Ubisoft, what do PC gamers expect? They have a long history of botched PC releases and don't know why anyone would expect this one to be any different.
Volkama  +   52d ago
If have not heard a single complaint about DRM in the PC release. People are too busy complaining about hitching and framerate problems.
brish  +   52d ago
google this: watch dogs pc drm problem
Volkama  +   52d ago
Mmmm yes you're right, quite a lot of hits on that :)

It's just that the noise about the poor performance seems to be louder. Maybe because U-Play being rubbish is a pretty well established fact already.
Cobra951  +   52d ago
"The ultimate irony is that while these paying customers are sitting at their desks, head in hands, dull eyes staring at their monitors, waiting to get online so they can authenticate their game and actually play the damn thing, the pirates, the people who these measures are in place to foil, are sitting at their respective desks, happily enjoying their ill-gotten gains, not a care in the world."

While this is the perfect argument against always-online DRM, does it have anything to do with Watch Dogs PC? I had not heard any such complaints before. This is a legitimate question. I don't play PC games, mostly because of Valve, Ubisoft, et al. So I don't know a thing about this game's DRM on PC. Are Ubi's server problems preventing people from playing the game altogether (because they can't authenticate it)?
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GuruMeditation  +   52d ago
Unfortunately so. The game needs online authentication to run, but many users have been running into issues doing so.
Robotronfiend  +   52d ago
I'm glad the pirates are out there. More than once I have purchased a PC game only to recieve a product I can't play. Sometimes it is DRM problems, other times the game is broken due to code issues. In those cases I usually can go torrent a working copy of the game without DRM.

I bought Fallout 3 and couldn't play it for days after release. Within 4 days an unofficial patch was released onto pirate bay and it actually fixed all my issues with the game. Ran really smooth after that. 6 months later I ended up re-installing the game and using the official patch, which again broke the game and made it unplayable.

Sometimes the hacks are better than the product, and without pirates and hackers, I would have not been able to play games I paid for.
KakashiHotake  +   52d ago
Yeah I'm pretty pissed. I'm seriously thinking about contacting ubi soft support and demanding a refund and just downloading a damn torrent. All this always online DRM crap is just in the way.

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