DRM Research Continues At Fubisot HQ

By John Walker on August 20th, 2011 at 1:28 pm.

Because sometimes you have time on a Saturday morning.

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  1. Forceflow says:

    Touché, my friends.

  2. Valvarexart says:

    Just posting a single image? Really?

    • Prime says:

      Sometimes a picture says more than a thousand words. :)

    • John Walker says:

      Huh – I don’t know why that’s wrong : (

    • DeanLearner says:

      and you never will John, you never will. You utter, UTTER, disappointment.

    • Mattressi says:

      I must concur with Valvarexart: I’m tired of seeing single images. Why will no one post the married images? Not even an engaged or de facto image couple?

      Thank you, I’m here all night.

    • Jim Rossignol says:

      John, we’ve told you about posting single images. You know how rude it is.

    • jokomul says:

      I for one think this image speaks for itself. No additional words are needed. I gotchur back John Walker.

      Also, fuck Ubi$uck. Gimme my money back.

    • Cooper says:

      A civil partnership with Strafe Left would have sufficed.

    • TsunamiWombat says:

      I support Johns right to post single images and I will fight any man* to the death to back him up.

      *who is smaller than me, white, and doesn’t mind me bringing a gun

    • theleif says:

      I am appalled by this senseless animosity for singles here. I myself are single, and firmly support Johns decision to post single pictures on this web site.

    • westyfield says:

      That John Walker – seeking every opportunity to remind us that he’s engaged, making us singles feel bad.

    • Solcry says:

      Clearly Valvarexart doesn’t frequent reddit.

    • dadioflex says:

      Ever since the blow to my head I’ve been cross-eyed. No single images for me! :(

    • Valvarexart says:

      Solcry, I try my best to avoid that site. It is enough already that there is a reddit symbol on ever post here, and that every time I load RPS it keeps telling me “waiting for reddit.com” for a few seconds before it loads anything else.

    • Pwnedge says:

      is this some sort of reference to me not being married?? http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/ef81ecf08b/me-not-being-married-big-train

  3. thepaleking says:

    Can you REALLY blame them for gassing people though; they ARE a business after all.

    • Valvarexart says:

      Just like *cough* Hitler was

    • johnpeat says:

      The “joke” would be that it’s clearly going to gas non-legitimate customers as well…

      I say “joke” in the loosest possible terms – certainly someone should not be giving up their regular employment just yet…

    • D3xter says:

      It wasn’t Degussa’s fault for making Zyklon B though, after all it was a PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANY, they needed to make money and we all know that everything goes as long as you make money!

    • mpk says:

      @johnpeat

      The best satire is never funny.

    • John Walker says:

      @johnpeat – I guess you can interpret how you wish, but that’s not what it was intended to mean. But you are in charge of what’s funny, so perhaps I’d better change my mind.

    • Xocrates says:

      Time to Godwin’s: 1 minute

      I believe we have a new record ladies and gentlemen.

    • Jim Rossignol says:

      Explaining the joke when the explanation is wrong is – i find – one of the best jokes.

    • Kollega says:

      Time to Godwin’s: 1 minute. I believe we have a new record ladies and gentlemen.

      Well, this is a joke about gassing people. Did you seriously expect the Nazi comparsions to be absent?

    • johnpeat says:

      @John Walker If you’re going to do comedy – you need to be better with hecklers…

    • Antsy says:

      I think we need a new law to demonstrate how long it takes for a smug reference to Godwin’s Law to appear once its applicable.

    • Xocrates says:

      @Antsy: I will be surprised if there isn’t one already.

    • TsunamiWombat says:

      “While falling foul of Godwin’s law tends to cause the individual making the comparison to lose their argument and/or credibility, Godwin’s law itself can be abused as a distraction, diversion or even as censorship, fallaciously miscasting an opponent’s argument as hyperbole when the comparisons made by the argument are actually appropriate.[9] Similar criticisms of the “law” (or “at least the distorted version which purports to prohibit all comparisons to German crimes”) have been made by Glenn Greenwald.[10]”

      If there isn’t there is now. We’ll call it “Greenwalds Objection”, wherein Godwyns Law is utilized as a strawman to portray anothers arguementation as hyperbolic.

    • Nick says:

      johnpeat – if you are going to be a dick about it you might at least want get the joke correct.

    • Belmondo says:

      I think the cartoon is amusing, but I think the joke would be stronger if the guy says something like “And you’re sure this will only gas people who try to play a pirated copy?” It would give a more Farside vibe to it.

    • Antsy says:

      For just £2 a month you too can adopt an irony impaired person. You’ll receive a certificate, photo’s and will receive regular postcards from your adopted irony impaired person letting you know how they are doing.

      Please, make a difference, for just £2 a month.

    • mod the world says:

      Making jokes about irony impaired persons is just tasteless. This discussion has just reached a new low.

    • Antsy says:

      You wrong me. These people really do need help!

  4. Fumarole says:

    Sounds about right for Ubi.

    At first glance I thought those guys had really short legs.

  5. Patches the Hyena says:

    Fabulous. This is not too far off.

  6. Teddy Leach says:

    I approve of your art department.

  7. westyfield says:

    Brian’s guide to DRM?

  8. Ricc says:

    Nicely done, Mr. Walker. Fubisot are just fubar…

  9. DeanLearner says:

    Since gassing was introduced, we have seen a steady decline in people not getting gassed.

  10. Out Reach says:

    About right. Now let’s move onto the DRM Germ Warfare devision.

  11. Soon says:

    “And they’ll still pre-order it, still buy it after knowing, still buy it after terrible reviews, complain about it, then buy our next game too?”

    • ArcaneSaint says:

      Yes, as long as we tell them that “we won’t be be using the fubi-gas in our next game, promise!

    • LionsPhil says:

      And dangle shiny objects in front of them.

    • liquidsoap89 says:

      We have to make sure they tell us that we shouldn’t be ungrateful though, at least we get the game at the same time as the console gamers.

      THEN they can lie to us!

    • povu says:

      It may be slightly delayed. Naturally we want to ensure that our PC customers are getting a proper gassing.

  12. GLSteve says:

    Best analogy ever.

    I’m just waiting on the day when Ubisoft games comes with a big bloke in a fedora, who stands behind you every time you play just to make sure you’re not trying anything funny…

    Lets see you crack that…. O_o

  13. CaspianRoach says:

    Fubisot is an anagram of “Bit of us”. Oh my.

  14. Lewie Procter says:

    Presumably the gas has a delayed release?

    • Bent Wooden Spoon says:

      Our new ‘Gas Pass’ service will only be available for PC releases. We are anticipating a same-day release across all systems, although the PC release will be the same day next year. This delay is for our PC customers’ benefit, enabling us to deliver the quality they have come to expect from us, and ensuring that users of unauthorised copies do not have unwarranted access to the service. We also haven’t managed to get the fragrant mix of month-old corpses, shit and butyric acid quite right yet.

    • theleif says:

      I am clicking my imaginary “Like” button.

    • Jason Moyer says:

      If you wanted, you could get the 360/PS3 version which doesn’t gas you. Frankly, I’m willing to wait for the PC version because, while it will kill you, it comes with a limited edition showercap that console users will have to pay extra for.

  15. Theoban says:

    PUT BRIAN IN IT

    So say I

  16. Po0py says:

    Absolutely love this. More please.

    Gaming needs more activism.

    • ArcaneSaint says:

      Or extremism. Feel the wrath of my TNT blocks! I am going to grief your buildings, fubisot! Prepare to be trolled!

    • G_Man_007 says:

      I haven’t seen such activism from gaming journalism since Steve Hill infiltrated the Greek Embassy. Or when Culky attacked EA’s offices with a Beetle…

  17. Eclipse says:

    RPS should have his own webcomic.
    With rock, paper and an helluva lot of shotguns.

  18. EhsanKia says:

    I would like to thank you guys for being one of the rare big gaming blogs really covering this. It’s horrible how such a big world-known gaming company can blatantly lie to get more pre-orders and get away with it like this.

    I know you guys reported about refunds, but they haven’t really provided it anyone else, and except the couple posts here and on Reddit, I really haven’t heard much noise about this at all. BF3 got everyone excited over a DLC, I don’t get why a company tricking people like this isn’t getting as much coverage. And of course, since everyone is just sitting back and has given up on the issue, they’ll think we’re just mindless sheeps and will keep pulling that shit again.

    Speaking of which, they’re also making Trackmania Canyon and announce that it too, would not have the DRM. I wonder what will happen there…

    • johnpeat says:

      Trackmania Canyon is available as a multiplayer Beta if you buy it for £20 RIGHT NOW – so you can find out for yourself, really…

      Ofc. being multiplayer only it’s going to NEED a connection :)

  19. Carra says:

    Noone would dare to gas a pirate. They’d be afraid of having to walk the plank.

    • johnpeat says:

      They don’t INTEND to do that tho – and accidentally gassing a pirate is surely ok?

  20. shoptroll says:

    New Ubi DRM slogan: It’s a Gas!

  21. Cooper says:

    Is this aimed at the extreme idiocy of targetting paying customers with DRM that inteferes with a smooth game experience.

    OR

    Is it aimed at those angry men on the interwebs who go overboard with the hperbole and righteous rage and end up comparing incredibly stupid DRM measures to something obscene and grotesque as the killing of really cute, fluffy bunnies. (And kiiling them just for sport, not even making cute bunny stew.)

    Or both!?

    John the LAYERS OF MEANING to this DECEPTIVELY SIMPLE CARTOON they BOGGLE MY MIND

    • stahlwerk says:

      mmmm

      cute bunny stew.

    • Kadayi says:

      I do love the raging of Angry Internet Men over relative non issues tbh.

    • nrvsNRG says:

      i was thinking this too.
      in the end i just took it at its most obvious simplest meaning.

    • Baines says:

      Seems pretty straightforward and obvious to me.

      I mean, this is Ubisoft, right? This is after all the company that, when acknowledging broken DRM caused problems in legal copies of one of their games, gave the official solution that people should do a Google search for a game crack. (They wouldn’t host or directly link the crack for legal reasons.) They know their DRM causes problems for legal customers, and don’t care. And they have to realize that their games still get cracked, so anyone using the piracy solutions aren’t inconvenienced.

      I’ve read From Dust was cracked at or before PC release?

      Of course it doesn’t help when they have such aggressive DRM failure stories, like the servers going down with Assassins Creed, or game cracks at release, or the online store version of one of their games using a piracy patch (until the news was made public and it was removed), or the game solution I mentioned above, or the broken promises, etc…

    • psyk says:

      “like the servers going down with Assassins Creed, or game cracks at release, or the online store version of one of their games using a piracy patch (until the news was made public and it was removed), or the game solution I mentioned above, or the broken promises, etc…”

      Severs got hit by a ddos
      Games have been cracked at release for a long time
      Scene cracks being used by companies isn’t strange either
      Broken promises…………. LMAO gamers have turned in to such little girls.

    • Ergates_Antius says:

      “Severs got hit by a ddos”
      Irrelevant – paying customers were unable play their game due to a problem with the Ubisoft servers. Pirates were unaffected.
      “Games have been cracked at release for a long time”
      Which just goes to show that DRM isn’t particularly effective at preventing piracy.

  22. killerkerara says:

    Now they are quoting random comments from OTHER articles! They are evolving!

  23. DeCi says:

    It is unfortnate that ubisoft is such a sucky publisher when it comes to customer service, because they publish quite alot of good/entertaining games.

    I for one Loved: From Dust. I got totally immersed in that game.
    It had a very Black n White feel to it. Very refreshing gameplay.
    DRM doesn’t really bother me because I have excellent internet here in the Netherlands.

    I can understand however that people who are more unfortunate with their internets can get screwed over by this.

    But im quite certain that in this day and age 2011 u can always pay more money for an internet upgrade. :)

    • ArcaneSaint says:

      But some people can’t afford a better internet connection. Or they live here in Belgium where most of the internet connections still have a capped limit to the data you can up/down-load, which means you don’t want to be sending little packets of data all the time while you’re playing.
      (I don’t know in which other countries this is also capped, but I do know that Belgium is one of the few)

    • Kadayi says:

      Personally if my internet was constantly going down, I’d contact my ISP and get them to fix it. After all I’m paying for a service, which they’re not providing. The notion that people happily tolerate having constant disconnects and do nothing about it, but are more than happy to lose their shit over games that require internet access is frankly farcical tbh.

      @ArcaneSaint

      The game requires initial launch access only. You can disconnect your internet if you wish after launch and save your precious packets.

    • Cooper says:

      2011: The year where just a bit of spare cash can buy you the internet on trains, planes, when moving house and in barracks around the world!

      Heard it here first people.

    • Kaira- says:

      Personally if my internet was constantly going down, I’d contact my ISP and get them to fix it. After all I’m paying for a service, which they’re not providing

      I did that once. They told me that it’s unfortunate, but nothing could be done about it, and as it happens, the contract had a clause with something to effect of “continuous service cannot be guaranteed” and so. That’s also why most connections have the speed they’re advertised as maximum speed, not average speed, my download is about 100kbs slower than the max and same with upload. Hence my dislikes to online-based DRMs and 3rd party clients.

    • malkav11 says:

      It must be nice to have more than two incredibly shitty companies providing internet access in…well, whereever it is the entitled folks live and assume that their plethora of high quality options exist ubiquitously. I used to have DSL, and my connection was choppy and error prone and would mysteriously reduce to half speed or drop intermittently at the drop of a hat. I wrangled with their “technical support” (read: people who are there to walk you through the mysteries of basic computer operation but can do nothing to solve actual technical problems) something like five or six fucking times, including them charging me over $80 for an interior service call that I did not authorize (another resident must have let them in despite my specific instructions against it) and that did not actually resolve the problem. It was never fixed. Finally I switched to cable, and though I’ve actually been pretty happy with it, it’s from a notoriously awful company so my experience seems to be a fluke (they’re also giving me twice the speed I’m paying for, which seems a bit odd but I’m not going to bring it up).

      Also, I have no control over Ubisoft’s servers, which are a required element of the equation. That’s -my- big problem with it, and why I kick up a fuss, and I’m a little frustrated that nearly everyone ignores that aspect.

    • Kadayi says:

      @malkav11

      IIRC, they only went down after some AIM weren’t going to buy the game anyway decided to take them down, therefore punishing those gamers who had bought the game.

      Also you play them off against each other till you get better service.

      @Kiara

      For someone with such terrible internet you sure seem to be on the internet a lot tbh (generally complaining about Steam and suchlike). Clearly you’re suffering. Also no one guarantees you an ‘X speed’ line, they always state up to X speed. Quit making out that your somehow hard done by up in Finland, it’s the same everywhere.

    • Kaira- says:

      You seem to love the argument “if you don’t suffer from it, don’t complain”.

      As said, my internet isn’t perfect. It still doesn’t cut off every five minutes, or every hour. But that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t wish that me, as a customer, to be treated respectfully and that I have access to product at times when I want to use it. Not movies, music or books have such limitations, so why should single player-games? If you treat me bad, I can take my money elsewhere. Simple as that.

      And yes, you apparently don’t have problems with it, but please, don’t try to push online-DRM as beneficial/non-intrusive to the majority. People can decide for themselves.

    • Kadayi says:

      @Kiara

      You seem to love the argument “if you don’t suffer from it, don’t complain”.

      Nope. I’ve not said that at all. My opinion is merely that people like yourself blow things entirely out of proportion. Let’s say that From Dust takes about 8 hours to play, let’s then say that in any given year you experience 1 hours worth of dis-connectivity a week from the internet (a more than generous figure I’d say given your posting regularity) now lets do the math: -

      Number of hours in a year : – 8760

      Number of hours of internet dis-connectivity in a year: – 52

      % of time not connected to the internet in a year: – 0.64388% (1/168)

      Now lets say that you play From Dust twice through so 16 hours in a year: -

      Number of hours in a year : – 8760

      Number of hours played of From Dust – 16

      % of time playing From Dust in a year: – 0.19811%(1/504)

      So the odds of you attempting to play From Dust and not having internet access at the same time are around = 1/68544 or roughly 0.0014589%.

      Sure higher than zero, but hardly worthy of the kind of outrage and protestations (as well as innumerable calls to arms for boycotts and mass piracy that are doing the rounds). Especially given the game doesn’t require always on internet to play (I’d break everything down into 30 second chunks, but it would get astronomical).

      I’m not a fan of DRM in any form, but plain truth of the matter is it really that big of an issue when you get down to the actual likelihood? Less that 0.001% .

    • SquidgyB says:

      @Kadayi

      Ooooh! Statistics! Yes. You can prove absolutely anything with statistics.

      And besides, this whole situation is not just about DRM – it’s about a company going back on what they initially said, changing what was said previously, acting with no remorse or apologies, delaying all recent PC releases with little to no explanation, releasing shoddy ports – get off your bloody high horse; you’re looking more and more like one of those “angry internet men” you like so much.

    • DeCi says:

      @Kaira-
      I’m not pushing anything here. I am just sick and tired of people all over the world complaining about Ubisofts DRM.
      Not only ubisoft practises it.
      Minecraft uses it.
      Any blizzard game uses it.
      Steam uses it.
      And those are just a few Mainstream examples of loved services and entertainment.
      Tbh It’s just hypocritical to complain about one single company.
      And please don’t give me that “i live in a 3rd world country” bullshit please. Make ur goverment build better internet infrastructure then. I assume u live in a democracy where the people decide?
      Or u know, Stop jumping on the “lets rage on this company this month” bandwagon.

    • Kadayi says:

      @SquidgyB

      They’re not statistics, they’re probabilities.

      “And besides, this whole situation is not just about DRM – it’s about a company going back on what they initially said, changing what was said previously, acting with no remorse or apologies, delaying all recent PC releases with little to no explanation, releasing shoddy ports – get off your bloody high horse; you’re looking more and more like one of those “angry internet men” you like so much.”

      What next ‘EA are Evil?’. Anthropmophizing entire organisations and assuming that they are somehow omnipotent and omniscient as to their every action and should be be judged accordingly flies in the face of reason.

    • v.dog says:

      @DeCi: It’s not that we’re against DRM per se, but Ubisoft’s implementation of it. It’s using a sledgehammer to crack a walnut. It’s a ham-fisted approach that does little to stop pirates while doing a lot to hurt customers.

      Minecraft allows you to start the game offline and doesn’t kick you out if your connection drops and neither does Steam. And while Steam is some of the stricter DRM around, at least it wraps it’s particular brand of stick in some very nice carrots- with the store, sales, match-making, trading, community support, games are better with it than without.

      That’s what Ubisoft (and others) don’t get; if you want people to stop pirating your games, make the legit version better.

      Think of it economically. Why would you pay for some thing crippled when you could get a working version for free? Pirated games are better value. The only way to get people to pay for something when there’s free alternatives is to improve the value of the ‘premium’ product. This is why Steam works so well, and why ‘free-to-play’ games are on the rise.

    • Kadayi says:

      @v.dog

      I think you’ll find Kiara hates Steamworks even more than Ubisoft.

    • psyk says:

      “And while Steam is some of the stricter DRM around, at least it wraps it’s particular brand of stick in some very nice carrots- with the store, sales, match-making, trading, community support, games are better with it than without.”

      So as long as they give out bribes you will just gloss the rest over.

    • malkav11 says:

      I’m not concerned about Ubisoft’s servers going down temporarily, anymore than I’m terribly concerned about my internet going down temporarily, though both are all by themselves perfectly sufficient reasons not to make a singleplayer game require a connection to Ubisoft’s servers. I’m concerned that Ubisoft will take them down permanently, or simply turn off the response to particular games’ DRM, thus effectively shutting off the game forever. (Except for pirates, of course.) It needn’t necessarily be out of malice or corporate fuckery (although, frankly, at this point I trust Ubisoft about as far as I could throw France), but it’s pretty much guaranteed to happen at some point, for some reason. Servers just don’t last forever, nor do gaming companies. Games, mostly, should be able to outlast both. Singleplayer games should be able to across the board.

    • Kaira- says:

      @Kadayi

      “My opinion is merely that people like yourself blow things entirely out of proportion”
      Maybe from your point of view. I, as a consumer, feel that I should get a product that I can use when I want (being single player game, multiplayer is always a different case). And yes, even though probability is losingly small, the one time it hits it hits me as a customer. With the limited time I have for gaming, I’d rather enjoy it with minimal hassle. Your statistics also disregard the fact that it is also possible that Ubisoft-servers themselves would be out of reach (rare occurence given this game, I believe, but still).
      And as it happens, right now I’m on such connection (not my home connection, mind you) that I can barely stay connected to my IRC-server via SSH and browsing internet. Should I try gaming with always online-DRM I’d have no hope of gaming. From Dust uses less severe form of DRM, but it doesn’t mean that I’d still like it.

      “I think you’ll find Kiara hates Steamworks even more than Ubisoft.”
      No actually, Ubisoft’s always-on DRM is way more bad than Steamworks. At least usually I can play Steamworks-games offline. It’s the thing that I have to tie my boxed game to a 3rd party client/account that irks me.

      And well, what Malkav said – ” I’m concerned that Ubisoft will take them down permanently, or simply turn off the response to particular games’ DRM, thus effectively shutting off the game forever. (Except for pirates, of course.) [...] Games, mostly, should be able to outlast both. Singleplayer games should be able to across the board.”. Why should I support practice, which puts me as a paying customer in way worse situation than those, who gain their games via questionable methods?

    • Kadayi says:

      @Kaira

      I appreciate your concerns about validation servers, however the likelihood of the company switching off game validation servers overnight without making some form of provision for customers is unlikely, especially given the negative impact it would incur from customers and the gaming press alike. Sure I’m aware that EA have turned off servers for certain games, however those were multi-player servers not validation servers.

    • malkav11 says:

      And yet, Microsoft turned off the validation servers for their digital music service and as far as I heard never made any restitution or provision for their customers. MMO servers have been shut down. EA shuts down multiplayer servers, as you’ve said. Perhaps Ubisoft won’t ever deliberately shut down their servers. Perhaps they’ll do something that turns off their horrid, useless DRM before they go out of business or otherwise are forced to shut them down by circumstances. Perhaps the threat of a hue and cry will induce them to behave reasonably. But I shouldn’t have to guess whether I’ll have access to a game I’ve purchased in the future, and if public sentiment is enough to get them to accomodate us years down the road, why not just accomodate us now and stop using the goddamn DRM to begin with?

  24. Anthile says:

    It’s been a quiet week for gassing.

  25. LGM says:

    I think it’s great RPS is not letting up on Ubisoft. They’re acting crazy these days, it’s like they don’t want our money!

    • liquidsoap89 says:

      No, no, no. You’ve got it all wrong! They WANT our money… They just don’t want to have to do anything in order to get it!

  26. AlonePlusEasyTarget says:

    You guys hate them so much because they are French?

    • westyfield says:

      Yes.

    • SquidgyB says:

      I was going to post something about “all the other shite French consumer tech companies” – until I realised Logitech are actually Swiss.

      ‘Suppose Blizzard are still annoying.

  27. ArcaneSaint says:

    Don’t worry guys, I noticed you can now download gasmasks at the Piratebay, so you’ve got a way to circumvent fix this annoying DRM and actually enjoy the game. I’ll be seeding for the rest of the week, have fun!

    • Kadayi says:

      Ooh a game piracy reference, you’re so edgy sir.

      Given a few posts above you’re selling a sob story about how your bandwidth is capped and all in Belgium. I find it kind of hilarious that your now all ‘I’ma gonna pirate the shit out of the game and seed it for the week’

      Guess those internet packets aren’t that significant after all. Or is it just that you like any excuse to not pay for them?

    • theleif says:

      Well, he didn’t say he would pirate the shit out of it, he simply stated that you could download a crack for the game so you can play it offline even if you bought it.
      And i can’t see anything morally wrong with downloading a no cd crack or any other DRM disabling program for a game you have bought. To me it’s like making a cd with your favourite music and giving it to a friend. I.e illegal but ok.

    • ArcaneSaint says:

      Oh, most of the internet connections in Belgium are capped. But it just so happens we have a (expensive) non-capped connection here at home. Theoretically at least, in practice our internet speed drops as we reach a certain point of data transfer. But most of the time we enjoy an uncapped high-speed internet connection, perfect for pir- watching youtube videos in maximum quality.

      Arr!

      Edit: @theleif: exactly, if companies are allowed to sell us games that do not work, then why is it so often seen as “immoral” when we try to make those games work? (Yes I’m looking at you always-on ubiDRM) Now, I am not really troubled by this whole always-on system, as my internet is quite reliable. But a lot of my friends do not have such an internet, and are often complaining about games that don’t work. Is it then illegal for me to send them a “crack” that allows them to play the games they bought?

    • Kadayi says:

      @theleif

      I’ve a bridge I’d like to sell you…..

    • John Walker says:

      Good grief, Kadayi, calm down.

    • westyfield says:

      @ Kadayi
      “I do love the raging of Angry Internet Men over relative non issues tbh.”
      Remember that?

      Yeah, thought not.

    • Kadayi says:

      @John Walker

      So you’re ok with people advocating games piracy then John?

      @westyfield

      My apologies for not subscribing to the RPS group think that Ubisoft are somehow the Devil. I thought this was a PC games discussion site. Clearly I was mistaken.

    • westyfield says:

      I’m not sure what your view of Ubisoft has to do with this, Kadayi. I was merely remarking on the fact that just a few minutes after commenting on the unjustified rage of angry internet men, you snapped at someone who made a joke, and described their legitimate complaint (have you tried gaming with capped internet? It sucks.) as a sob story.

    • Kadayi says:

      @westyfield

      WTF are you smoking there? I’m not snapping at anyone. The guy just freely admitted he doesn’t have capped internet. His earlier ‘sob story’ was BS.

      Also From Dust is not always on Internet. It’s internet at launch. It’s connecting, verifying and that’s it. If you lose your internet connection it doesn’t stop working or refuse to save or anything.

    • westyfield says:

      Aw crap, how did I miss that? Very well, I concede.
      I still think his piracy comment was a joke – it refers to gas masks – but perhaps it wasn’t.
      You win, sir. For now at least!

    • Wulf says:

      Silly Kadayi.

      Of course, there’s always the option of not buying and not pirating, that’s what I do.

      Still… that did strike me as a joke. There was a whole lot of whimsy in that post and not a whole lot of anger. Though in my experience it’s whimsy that seems to rub people the wrong way in regards to heated topics.

      Hope you cool off, Kadayi. But anyway, it’s easy to hate the actions of a person without hating the person, and if corporations continue to insist that they are persons, then I’ll hate the actions of Ubisoft for what they are. I remember the good times (Beyond Good & Evil) but their recent activity has a little suspicious. Because of their actions I can’t trust them. I don’t hate them but based upon their actions I cannot trust them.

      If you had someone whom was constantly going back on their word and pulling weird shit without adequate explanations as to why, you may not hate them but you probably wouldn’t trust them. And Ubisoft isn’t really fortunate enough to have the mystique of being enigmatic or charismatic.

      If corporations were .hack characters then Ubisoft would be a very boring version of Ovan.

    • ArcaneSaint says:

      @Kadayi: I never claimed *I* had a capped internet connection, only that the majority of individuals in Belgium have a capped connection, as this is still the standard here. Please do read the comment before you claim it’s BS. Thank you.

      @westyfield: No, I’m being dead serious about uploading gasmasks to the Piratebay*

      *Note, you’re actually right, it was indeed a joke.

  28. manveruppd says:

    Why all the hate? I thought it was funny! :D

  29. Novack says:

    Excellent vignette, thanks for fighting this idiocy of modern DRM for all of us guys!

  30. kyrieee says:

    I miss Strafe Left

  31. vee41 says:

    Looks like this fubisoft needs to learn few more tricks about pleasing their customers from fellow developers..

    http://files.g4tv.com/ImageDb3/276411_S/valve-vs-most-gaming-companies-nugget-from-the-net.jpg

  32. lijenstina says:

    Hehehe like Gubisoft got scientists working for them. They just fart into a plastic bag.

    • jay35 says:

      I don’t know why but that’s the funniest thing I’ve read all day.

  33. Colthor says:

    Hurrah!

  34. Bilbo says:

    Don’t quit your day job.

    No wait, I don’t wanna be on record saying that, because I don’t enjoy John’s writing much. Do what you feel, John.

    • Dozer says:

      How nice of you to log in to share that profound insight, Bilbo.

      Unfortunately you speak from ignorance. Mr Walker predominately works at night, in a windowless tower on a hill.

    • Dozer says:

      My other post seems to have been et. But this is as good a place to say as any: I really enjoyed this cartoon, I really enjoy the real-world investigative journalism side of RPS, I’d like to see more of all of it!

  35. aircool says:

    ¬_¬

  36. d3vilsadvocate says:

    I was just denied a refund for From Dust by the Steam Support team.

    I hereby solemnly swear that I will pirate every future Ubisoft game without exception. They will never ever see a dime from me again, EVER. I feel sorry for the dev teams, but it’s their bad they are teaming up with the devil.

    Go to hell UBI, rot in the f*cking hell.

    • Kadayi says:

      Oh the fucking tyranny of it all.

    • ArcaneSaint says:

      Why was your refund request denied? I heard that they are refunding all pre-orders because Ubisoft lied to their customers.

    • Kaira- says:

      It was apparently just one man’s site that said Steam would refund every copy of pre-ordered From Dust. However, Valve has (at least to my knowing) never said such thing, and Steam has this nasty “no refunds”-policy, except in cases when you cancel your pre-order.

    • JayG says:

      I’m in a similar situation with Deus ex, I do wonder why Steam seems to exist in this god like universe where u can never ever get your money back, no matter the circumstances where anything else I buy I can bring back unused. Going to court over this, see if they can actually force me to buy a key I will never use.

    • Kadayi says:

      “However, Valve has (at least to my knowing) never said such thing, and Steam has this nasty “no refunds”-policy, except in cases when you cancel your pre-order.”

      Yeah it was a complete fabrication by some dude to increase his sites page hits. Not a shred of truth to it at all. Still he’s not alone in making up BS for hits.

  37. Vinraith says:

    Nicely done, John. Your advocacy on this issue is genuinely appreciated. Any chance of reversing this idiotic trend depends on getting the word out, so it’s wonderful to see journalists like yourself taking an active and forceful stand on the matter. Thank you!

  38. Avish says:

    I think Ubisoft will upgrade it in the future to : “Gas mask always-on DRM”.

    With that kind of DRM people will not take the slightest chance with pirating the game.. or playing it…

  39. JohnH says:

    I approve of this picture!

  40. ChowTOdust says:

    More game news please. Less trying to be funny. Dont take it personally.

    • John Walker says:

      Yes, we’re posting far too little games news at the expense of cartoons. Sorry.

    • Navagon says:

      Hadn’t you heard? One joke is clearly one joke too many. RPS is famed for its stiff upper lip seriousness and you’re really letting the side down here.

  41. Navagon says:

    LOL

    So does this mean you’re behind the twitter account?

  42. majestyk says:

    Where’s the point in gassing legitimate customers? It’s not like they are planning to keep legitimate customers from playing, it’s just … collateral damage.