PC Upgrades Trigger Ubisoft Activation Limits

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And once again the actual pirates are the only ones who can enjoy the game without any hassles.

It's a shame, because Anno 2070 is a graphically beautiful and at the same time, demanding game. Sadly, there'll most likely be more people who will run into this issue.

Kmadden2004:
Does this explain why I haven't been able to play Splinter Cell: Conviction on Steam for the last three weeks?

You're not missing much, it's the worst game in the franchise. Worse than the XBOX 360/PlayStation 3 version of Double Agent.

jurnag12:
And once again the actual pirates are the only ones who can enjoy the game without any hassles.

Not really. The game requires you to be logged in and connected to the servers to gain diplomacy bonuses and Ark upgrades. Dunno if the pirates have gotten around it, though.

drkchmst:
Here is an honest question I have for PC enthusiasts. I built my PC 3 years ago and have been slowly upgrading it to meet my growing gaming needs. At what point does it become a new computer? (This specifically got me thinking when I downgraded from XP to Win7Pro64 with their activation nonsense). Obviously Ubisoft think's changing a mouse makes it a new system. I would probably reluctantly set my bar at the MoBo although I don't think there should be a bar)

Typically, when replacing the mobo (and usually getting a new chipset and socket) will require a CPU change and sometimes also a RAM upgrade, as many newer processors don't support DDR/2.

With that many critical components upgraded, plus a fresh Windows install required, you may as well be getting a new computer anyway.

Andy Chalk:
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That conclusion was later confirmed by Ubisoft's marketing team in the Netherlands, where Guru3D is based. "Sorry to disappoint you - the game is indeed restricted to three hardware changes and there is simply no way to bypass that," it said in response to an inquiry. It also declined to give the site seven copies of the game to work with.

There's a reasonably happy ending to the story, at least for Guru3D: Ubisoft Blue Byte, which actually created the game, "unlocked" the key so the site could use the game in future tests without a lot of horsing around. The rest of us, however, remain pretty much hosed - a sadly common situation when it comes to Ubisoft DRM.

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Uh, Andy? You may need to give the article formatting a once over. Just pointing it out.

When Anno 2070 first came out on Steam, I noticed on the Store page that it did mention a 3 machine activation limit. I fired off an email to Steam asking why is Steam, the "install your games on as many machines as you want" service, only allowing me to install this game 3 times.
After several weeks, I got a reply...saying that I should contact Ubisoft.
At that point, I gave up on the game entirely. Didn't buy it. Didn't even download a demo, just dropped it entirely.
Steam, Ubisoft is a different company than you. I asked YOU, Steam, not Ubisoft.

Cyrus Hanley:

Kmadden2004:
Does this explain why I haven't been able to play Splinter Cell: Conviction on Steam for the last three weeks?

You're not missing much, it's the worst game in the franchise. Worse than the XBOX 360/PlayStation 3 version of Double Agent.

Well, i like it... well, I liked it when I was actually able to play it...

A dark room somewhere in America, has gathered the most suspicious Guests:

??? - Finnaly... it appears you have joined us in the Screwing loyal fans and b.s. providing to the world.

*Everyone rises from the chair giving warm-welcomes*

Ubisoft - Thank you guys... May we ruin our name in the goal of screwing people up with idiots systems and useless services!!!

*The main director of the organisation reveals himself*

EA - No my dear friend... Thank YOU.... Activision... show our guest the ropes of the place...

*Everyone bursts in laughter, has the Corrupted Capitalist Legion Strikes again!!*

EA - Now also on the matter.... how can we support SOPA, withouth giving our direct presence or contribution....

blalien:

drkchmst:
Here is an honest question I have for PC enthusiasts. I built my PC 3 years ago and have been slowly upgrading it to meet my growing gaming needs. At what point does it become a new computer? (This specifically got me thinking when I downgraded from XP to Win7Pro64 with their activation nonsense). Obviously Ubisoft think's changing a mouse makes it a new system. I would probably reluctantly set my bar at the MoBo although I don't think there should be a bar)

A modern version of the Ship of Theseus problem? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship_of_Theseus

Indeed.
I'd say it becomes a new computer as soon as you change the mobo and CPU. because that requires a fresh install of your operating system (well, for windows at least).

Kmadden2004:

Cyrus Hanley:

Kmadden2004:
Does this explain why I haven't been able to play Splinter Cell: Conviction on Steam for the last three weeks?

You're not missing much, it's the worst game in the franchise. Worse than the XBOX 360/PlayStation 3 version of Double Agent.

Well, i like it... well, I liked it when I was actually able to play it...

Which means you'll love Chaos Theory.

drkchmst:
Here is an honest question I have for PC enthusiasts. I built my PC 3 years ago and have been slowly upgrading it to meet my growing gaming needs. At what point does it become a new computer? (This specifically got me thinking when I downgraded from XP to Win7Pro64 with their activation nonsense). Obviously Ubisoft think's changing a mouse makes it a new system. I would probably reluctantly set my bar at the MoBo although I don't think there should be a bar)

I suppose the statistician's answer would be when you arrive at 51% new parts.

And yet WE'RE the bad guys when we try to find ways to bypass a system that's horribly broken.

Andy Chalk:
there is simply no way to bypass that

Yup, there's is absolutely no way that this DRM could possibly be bypassed.
Shitting on customers is such good business!

I stated this many times already, any changes to hardware count as installs under their dumbass DRM claims. I think I even argued about this with someone here...hm, well here's your defining proof if you're reading.

Akimoto:
I call shotgun when they do the same for consoles!

That might be a good move on our behalf. Console gamers will start complaining as loud, if not louder, than the PC gamers (and I assume there are more console gamers than PC) hopefully forcing Ubisoft's hand to let up. [1]
Also, my asshat friend might stop calling me an idiot for not buying Ubisoft products.

Captcha: cowardice ofoundsc
Yep, thanks.

[1] Am I too optimistic?

Hurray for not being able to use the software you paid for!

One word, crack. As in ass crack. The drug crack. The famous crack in a America called the grand canyon. Cracked.com, Edgar Crackington, Cracking cheese gromit and holy crack, it's a Krakon!

Because for it to work with all Guru3d's hardware... Thats $420. For one game... That isn't even that graphically impressive either... Now, I don't know about you, but I wouldn't even pay that much for a console to run that shit on... I wouldn't pay that much for 4 of those fucking hypothetical consoles... It's an absolutely brain dead DRM. Guru, if you're reading this, you may as well give it lots of shit scores or something. Hurt their sales a bit.

So their DRM plan is to make it unplayable and as hard as possible for honest and paying customers to enjoy the game? Sounds like a good plan to me, I don't have any intentions of ever buying OR pirating the game.

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