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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:13am 01/04/10 | 24 Comments
Games.On.Net points out that DRM issues have made Ubisoft's latest PC release, The Settlers 7, virtually unplayable, specifically in Australia where we appear to be hit the worst by the problem.
Apparently this problem is especially common in Australia - we will try to get to the bottom of this.
This has come directly from the Ubi forums regarding the lack of play for the Settlers 7, and just about anything else Ubisoft DRM'd.

The 'always online' DRM security measures put in place by Ubisoft have had nothing but flak follow because of issues with being unable to connect, verify or even play. Moreover, there's also the issue of those without an internet connection (and yes, those people do exist), making Ubi's decision to maintain their DRM stance, trivial and annoying.

According to the report, Ubi aren't really broaching the issue, barring a redirection to 'Support' to help work you through it.

AusGamers is contacting the French publishing giant for comment, so stay tuned. But in the meantime, share your DRM woes in our Comments section below.












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taggs
Posted 11:15am 01/4/10
wow, i was going to buy this game until i heard about the DRM.

glad i didn't now :O
tfacter2
Posted 11:23am 01/4/10
god damn i hate the french
Dazhel
Posted 11:59am 01/4/10
Wow. Ubisoft should surely have run out of feet to aim at by now.
parabol
Posted 12:31pm 01/4/10
Moreover, there's also the issue of those without an internet connection

Not even that. I'm house-sitting at my parents' (took my PC with me) and they are on a congested RIM. Implications? Variable speed (10 to 700kB/s), random disconnections, random packet loss. Just on a technical basis I wouldn't even dream of purchasing their new nazi DRM infested games (despite loving Assassin's Creed and wanting to play the sequel) to play on such a connection.

last edited by parabol at 12:31:58 01/Apr/10
kettels
Posted 12:58pm 01/4/10
I was so tempted to buy this even with the DRM for the easter holidays. Boy am i glad i didnt
Hogfather
Posted 12:59pm 01/4/10
wow, i was going to buy this game until i heard about the DRM.

glad i didn't now :O
Carson
Posted 01:04pm 01/4/10
Don't they understand that DRM like this is generally what drives people to piracy?

Hopefully this whole stupid DRM thing that Ubisoft is forcing on everyone continues to blow up on their face.
tequila
Posted 01:07pm 01/4/10
this is actually good news, the more often this s*** causes public rage, the less likely companies will be to DRM the f*** out of new releases
Trauma
Posted 01:56pm 01/4/10
I hope they drop it by the time Splinter Cell 5 comes out, cuz I'm not canceling my pre-order on account of not yet having any issues with their DRM personally but things don't look good for this waste of time.
Mr.Bumpy
Posted 02:02pm 01/4/10
Kinda makes you wish this whole debacle and Ubisoft DRM was an April Fools joke.
Nerfbringer
Posted 05:44pm 01/4/10
I still can't even get the damn demo to start...
fpot
Posted 06:05pm 01/4/10
Think of all the games you have pirated over the years.

DRM like this is the penalty you pay.

For those of you who didn't pirate a game?

Blame the piraters.

/faceman
Twinsen
Posted 06:26pm 01/4/10
My mate brought this game a week ago, hasn't been able to play it once, he can't return the game because it's already registered to him... bad f*****g luck!!!!
iWhoop
Posted 06:51pm 01/4/10
Think of all the games you have pirated over the years.
I only ever play online so piracy was never an option for me
Blame the piraters.
YARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! Scurvy bastards.
he can't return the game because it's already registered to him... bad f*****g luck!!!!
I wouldn't stand for that s***. I'd kick up so much of a fuss they'd have no option but to give me my money back. You've bought something that doesn't work as advertised, tell your friend to grow a pair, unless it's Tina in which case hers are probably already bigger than yours :p

last edited by iWhoop at 18:51:07 01/Apr/10
Dazhel
Posted 07:09pm 01/4/10
Think of all the games you have pirated over the years. DRM like this is the penalty you pay.

Piraters are just gonna pirate this one anyway. DRM schemes don't stop piracy.

For those of you who didn't pirate a game? Blame the piraters.

This one makes some sense, but Ubisoft/EA etc should be first in line for blame as they should recognise the fact above.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 04:55am 02/4/10

My mate brought this game a week ago, hasn't been able to play it once, he can't return the game because it's already registered to him... bad f*****g luck!!!!


He can get his money back, the product does not function correctly. There are laws that cover this, find it. Then go to the store with a print out of the laws hand it to the dude behind the counter and walk out with your money.
Deegee
Posted 03:52pm 03/4/10
I agree with parabol. I am student-just-moved-out-of-home which means i have very little excess money. Ive got 3g internet cuz its cheaper and where I moved does not have good internet hardlines. I dont want to waste my little bandwidth just to play games. I agree I might be of a small majority with pretty unreliable internet but it shouldn't stop me from playing games I have paid for.
BiOvOrE
Posted 04:55pm 05/4/10
I bought this game a coupla days after launch. Played it for he last four days straight, up to the 10th or so campaign mission. Hasn't missed a beat once. No disconnects or trouble connecting to their DRM server. I'm not a fan of this type of DRM at all, but, at least in my experience, it hasn't impacted on me playing hard one bit.
CHUB
Posted 05:34pm 05/4/10
I bought this game a coupla days after launch. Played it for he last four days straight, up to the 10th or so campaign mission. Hasn't missed a beat once. No disconnects or trouble connecting to their DRM server. I'm not a fan of this type of DRM at all, but, at least in my experience, it hasn't impacted on me playing hard one bit.


^^^ Ubisoft spy!
Nerfbringer
Posted 05:58pm 05/4/10
Yeah I still haven't gotten it working since pre-launch, don't know if BiOvOrE could be legit unless there are some people who can.
BiOvOrE
Posted 07:57pm 05/4/10
Ubi Spy!! Unfortunately no...

Like I said it works fine for me. Bought it on Steam and it's been flawless, apart from the slowass download speed (from Steam) of the massive patch on Saturday night.

BTW, I'm on TPG's 24/7 Unlimited plan since Thursday, but this is obviously not a local ISP problem.
trog
Posted 01:41pm 08/4/10
Our review copy just arrived. I was interested to note the box:



The "permanent Internet connection" thing in the top right isn't on any of the box shot assets I've seen online.

It's pretty prominently positioned, but I think it needs more of a Surgeon-General's-warning feel to it to make it clear what everyone is getting into.
DM
Posted 01:51pm 08/4/10
Yeah...

Warning: Game may not work
Dazhel
Posted 02:23pm 08/4/10
Warning: Ubisoft hates their customers
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