nin wrote on Apr 12, 2011, 10:35:
DRM is generally the first thing I check before a purchase. And if it's not something I like, I find something else to play...
This is increasingly my stance as well. I have a pretty solid internet connection and could probably play "always on" games like the Ubisoft releases. But just the idea that it could crap out at any minute and I'd be locked out of my purchased single-player game is enough to turn me away.
I was very interested in Dawn of Discovery (Anno 1404), but skipped it due to the invasive DRM. I hear they might have removed it in a patch but I've long since moved on to other games and it's off my radar. Too bad they didn't just skip it in the first place. AC2 as well. Both are Ubisoft's loss.
I do buy Steam games on sale due to the convenience, but it always irritates me that I might not be able to play if the my net connection goes down (I love how "offline mode" requires you to go online first to set it up, like I'm supposed to know when I'm going to need it!). If I ever did pirate or download a crack it would be to ensure I could keep playing a Steam game in case of internet loss.