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Styphelus
03-23-2010, 06:19 AM
Before I go out and buy the game, I have a question - will I still be able to play this game 10 years from now?

I'm the kind of guy who has a job and a familly and sometimes I will buy a game and will not finish it for quite some time. I just got around to finishing Baldur's Gate 2 and still have Fallout 2 and Starcraft installed on my laptop.

I have an extensive game collection so what that means is that sometimes they will sit on the shelf for a long time.

I really enjoyed the first AC, but I'm worried that if I buy AC2 and don't get around to playing it right away, that Ubisoft might stop supporting this game. What happens than?

Will all copies be rendered useless?

Should I wait and hope the DRM gets removed eventually? How does it work? Sorry for asking, but I'm not on top of these issues as some of you might be. I just keep reading about how bad this DRM is.

And more importantly, what does this mean for game collectors? Does it mean that no one will ever be able to play this game (and others that require online activation) if the company that made it goes bust?

Mercenary1
03-23-2010, 06:33 AM
Originally posted by Styphelus:
Before I go out and buy the game, I have a question - will I still be able to play this game 10 years from now?

You should be asking if you will be able to play the game right now. Maybe find out if others in your region are able to play.

check this link for some questions and answers:

http://www.computerandvideogam...p?id=235596&site=pcg (http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=235596&site=pcg)

What happens when it becomes economically inefficient to run the servers for these games? Will Ubisoft take the servers down? And will that mean we can't play the games we bought?

The first point Ubi makes is that they intend for the servers to stay up. "Say in 5 years someone who bought Assassin's Creed 2 wants to go back and play it, the hope is, the plan is that we'll be on Assassin's Creed, I dunno, 3, 4, 5, and the servers will still be there to serve those new games," explains their spokesperson. "They'll also be able to serve the old games." But Ubisoft have the ability to patch the DRM out of their games. "If for some reason, and this is not in the plan, but if for some reason all of the servers someday go away, then we can release a patch so that the game can be played in single-player without an online connection. But that's if all of the servers are gone."

Don't support this bull****. You should have the freedom to play the games you've purchased on your own terms. This is an expensive rental.

itsamea-mario
03-23-2010, 12:46 PM
destroy the servers then ubi will be forced to patch the drm out muahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Sypron
03-24-2010, 08:01 AM
It's worth noting that Valve is under no contractual obligation to support any of the games distributed on the Steam platform in the event that the Steam service goes down. So if both Steam and Ubisoft's servers went down tomorrow, your entire Steam library would be unplayable and Ubisoft would be obligated to release a patch to ensure you can keep playing AC2.

Just an observation.

obliviondoll
03-24-2010, 11:12 AM
Originally posted by itsamea-mario:
destroy the servers then ubi will be forced to patch the drm out muahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Funny... I was thinking the same thing.

AJ_Rimmer_Bsc
03-24-2010, 11:31 AM
Originally posted by itsamea-mario:
destroy the servers then ubi will be forced to patch the drm out muahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

the funniest part of that is you can say it on thier official boards and nothing happens,but if i now argue it,we`ll get a warning http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

obliviondoll
03-24-2010, 11:48 AM
Originally posted by AJ_Rimmer_Bsc:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by itsamea-mario:
destroy the servers then ubi will be forced to patch the drm out muahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

the funniest part of that is you can say it on thier official boards and nothing happens,but if i now argue it,we`ll get a warning http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Of course if someone DOES blow the servers up, they'll legally be able to look up the (logged) IP addresses of people who thought it was a good idea and trace back to narrow down the number of suspects. They'll at the very least be able to see which ISP you're with from that info.

AJ_Rimmer_Bsc
03-24-2010, 11:50 AM
Originally posted by obliviondoll:
Of course if someone DOES blow the servers up, they'll legally be able to look up the (logged) IP addresses of people who thought it was a good idea and trace back to narrow down the number of suspects. They'll at the very least be able to see which ISP you're with from that info.

many moons ago this was the case,these days,its not that easy.

ps..in case this reply gets seen as another arguement http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
the drm will be removed when Ubisoft sees it as uneconomical.
it depends on how successful this drm ver is.

pps..we could be looking at the future of Ubisoft permanent DRM.
so they would just invest in them more and more.

Xanatos2007
03-24-2010, 11:51 AM
Which is why you do it from a seperate address - such as an internet cafe or a library - instead of your own computer. Either that or physically infiltrate and destroy the servers using conventional means.

Hypothetically speaking, of course. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif