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Ubisoft DRM Analysis

A couple of recent articles highlight vastly different takes on Ubisoft's controversial "always on" DRM, which requires a constant internet connection to play games. On the one hand we have comments from Gamesbrief.com founder, analyst Nicholas Lovell, who calls the DRM "draconian" in speaking with Computer and Video Games and saying: "There is no doubt in my mind that pirates now have a better experience than legitimate consumers." On the other had there's outspoken Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter, who offers thoughts on the topic in his Pach-Attack videocast (thanks VG247), saying he likes the system, and if your opinion differs from his, you are a thief: "I think anything a publisher does to make sure you donít rip off their games is their right, and I think that people who steal should be in jail. I welcome the flamer comments on this one; if you think thatís right good for you; we have no interest in your business since you donít pay for stuff anyway."

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76. Re: Ubisoft DRM Analysis May 31, 2010, 15:22 Yosemite Sam
 
Is what Pachter said really that horrific? Blue's interpretation makes it sound worse than it is.

I think anything a publisher does to make sure you donít rip off their games if their right

Ok, so he thinks publishers have a right to do whatever they want to make sure you don't pirate their games. I think this isn't absolute, as I doubt he thinks they can put you in some SAW contraption, but is this such an unfair statement? Publishers definitely have a right to throw in DRM. And we have a right to completely ignore their releases for it.

Ya your right, I'd gone by Blue's interpretation "saying he likes the system, and if your opinion differs from his, you are a thief"
Thats not what Pachter said... but it is funny that he never answered the question posed to him, someone asked if he thought Ubies new DRM was a wise decision and Pachter went off on a rant about how hes old school and thinks if you steal games your a thief, totally side stepped the question asked, he should run for office.


 
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