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Steam From Dust Refunds

Valve has been sending notifications to customers who purchased From Dust on Steam offering refunds on the god game over its DRM requiring online authentication, reports Rock, Paper, Shotgun. This follows indications last week that some customers were able to get such refunds which were not confirmed at the time, and Monday's announcement that this aspect of the game's DRM will be removed by a patch within a couple of weeks. Here's the email reproduced on RPS:

Ubisoft has just announced that they are working on a patch that will eliminate the need for any online authentication for From Dust. The patch will release in approximately two weeks.

If you don't want to wait or the patch or if you haven't played the game, per Ubisoft's request, we will issue refunds for this title.

If you would still like your purchase of From Dust to be refunded, please reply to this ticket.

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39. Re: Steam From Dust Refunds Aug 24, 2011, 15:44 Verno
Darks wrote on Aug 24, 2011, 15:39:

Iím not buttheurt, Iím just saying that until thereís an actual crack for the game. Then itís designated uncrackable. Whether they are trying to crack it or wanting to is no different. Itís still a game thatís sitting there uncracked. So explain to me the difference? All Iím pointing out is that Ubi can use this to gage their reasoning into their DRM success even though we all disagree with their doing it.

First off, you said unbreakable, not "uncrackable". Second just because it's currently uncracked doesn't mean it cannot be cracked. If you can't understand the fundamental difference between those two concepts I don't know what more to say to you. If Ubisoft wants to look at HAWX2 as a DRM success then who cares? They will release a game people care about with the same DRM and it'll be cracked anyway.

There are few methods of protection that are truly unbreakable and most involve removing product ownership in a literal sense and delivering the product(usually via stream) to your customer. I mean, the whole industry excuse about DRM for the past two years has been preventing zero day piracy so even the industry assumes that things will be cracked and that it's a matter of time.
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