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Post by trog @ 11:37am 26/03/10 | 17 Comments
Blue's News notes that some owners of Silent Hunter 5 (and apparently Aassassin's Creed 2) on PC have been sent an email offering a free game to compensate them for the problems experienced in playing their game.
"Following the recent temporary game server outages which may have caused disruption to some Silent Hunter 5 players on PC only, we would like to reward your patience if you have experienced any problems by offerring [sic] you a full downloadable game from the list provided below, completely free of charge."
Due to the (some would say 'draconian') DRM system in place, the game requires a constant connection to their authentication servers. This system has been subject to several failures since launch (some as the result of concentrated DDOS attacks) which has meant many people have had serious problems trying to play the game at all.

If you're an owner of Silent Hunter 5, make sure you're correctly registered with Ubisoft and keep an eye on your email to see if you're eligible for a free game - and drop us a line in the comments to let us know if you think this is a fair trade.

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Latest Comments
Posted 11:41am 26/3/10
I wonder if they'll get another free game to compensate them for problems experienced in their first free game?
Posted 11:41am 26/3/10
I would have preferred my money back in all seriousness, that kind of DRM is just not the way to do things
it's only ever going to piss off your customers
Posted 11:43am 26/3/10
It's this s*** that turns people to piracy. A pirated copy of their games would run alot more stable and without as many issues than that s***** DRM.
Posted 12:02pm 26/3/10
This news story also applies to the PC version of Assassin's Creed 2: http://www.kotaku.com.au/2010/03/ubi-apologises-for-assassins-creed-2-pc-downtime-with-free-games/
Posted 12:50pm 26/3/10
Cool, so you get another potentially DRM'd game as compensation for catastrophic DRM failure ...
Posted 02:19pm 26/3/10
Stop buying their titles in future. It's the only way to influence their policy.
Posted 03:31pm 26/3/10
but then they will just blame poor sales on piracy.
Posted 05:17pm 26/3/10
ravn0s, you're exactly right, that's just how they'd justify it. They'll never admit that they were wrong. Also, I didn't consider the free games to be even slightly compensatory.
Posted 05:19pm 26/3/10
Get a console, noobs.
Posted 06:19pm 26/3/10
Get a console, noobs.

What a shame there isn't an ignore function on this forum...
Posted 06:33pm 26/3/10
What a shame there isn't a sarcasm detector button, cause clearly you need one.
Posted 07:33pm 26/3/10
Ok, so I'm one of the Silent Hunter 5 customers that after weeks have only just been able to get into the multiplayer side of the game which is the only reason I purchased it. I had to practically tell them what to do in order to allow me to play the bloody game. Ie, connect my game key to the multiplayer database noobs!

As per my previous thread about these issues, I cant see a future for this kind of DRM.

I'll be keeping an eye on my email, nothing has arrived yet.

Posted 10:05pm 26/3/10
Not Ubisoft, but reports are coming in that the DRM in C&C4 published by EA is just as bad here and here. What a joke.
Posted 10:52pm 26/3/10
DRM, the death of PC gaming. The rise of the console...
Posted 01:33am 27/3/10
Ubisoft's DRM is s***. I just installed the Settlers 7 Demo and it claims I am not on the internet so cannot play.
Posted 02:20am 27/3/10
Everyone I knew who got it on PC played it, got s***ted off with not being able to played it, and warez it.

When everyone complains that they had to wares a game to be able to play what they legitimately bought, you know there's a problem.

This isn't the first time this has happened, where a system designed to prevent copyright theft has encouraged it.

Most PC gamers are aware of how to pirate a game, don't piss them off.
Posted 10:04am 27/3/10
Ubisoft are going to down the path of EA here for me. It is a shame....I really wanted to see what happened in AC3 :(
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