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From Dust DRM Dust Up - Refunds Offered? [Updated]

Rock, Paper, Shotgun has word that From Dust does indeed require a constant internet connection to play, in spite of assurances from Ubisoft directly to us and VG247 that the god game would not use this form of DRM (we were told "You will not need to be connected online when playing From Dust's single player campaign and challenge modes"). requires connecting to the internet every time the game is launched, and there are comments on RPS from readers who claim they've been able to get refunds for the game through Steam based on the misrepresentation of the game's DRM. Updated: Apologies for the initial misinterpretation of this, as the game does not require a constant internet connection. The uproar is actually over the game needing to validate over the internet to launch each time it plays. This is apparently a contradiction to some previous forum posts, but is not necessarily inconsistent with what we were told about the game's DRM. Our sincere apologies for the error, and its unnecessary contribution to the uproar over this.

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40. Re: From Dust DRM Dust Up - Refunds Offered? [Updated] Aug 19, 2011, 13:26 Creston
 
Rockn-Roll wrote on Aug 19, 2011, 12:56:
In the vast majority of livable areas in the world an internet connection is available and affordable (though about 1/2 of those connections don't have high speed yet) and sometimes cheaper than a phone.


Ehh, you might want to go have a look at the Broadband census data, and you'll rapidly reconsider that statement. Not only is it not widely available (not counting beyond-shitty satellite connections that are worse than dial-up) but it is FAR from affordable. In most areas, the CHEAPEST plans are 50 bucks a month. That may not be a lot of money to you, but to quite a lot of people 600 bucks a year is a significant investment.

It's great that you have affordable internet where you live. That doesn't somehow then translate to "Hell, the whole world has cheap, affordable internet!"

Requiring people to always be online for a single player game is fucking horseshit.

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