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Ubisoft Breaks Steam's TOS With From Dust DRM; Valve Offers Refunds

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"Ubisoft Breaks Steam's ToS With From Dust DRM; Valve Offers Refunds"

Author: William Usher
published: 2011-08-18 18:27:44

Big publishers never cease to amaze me how far they will go to screw gamers over for a quick buck, even at the expense of business integrity and consumer trust. Well, Ubisoft proves they’re no less evil than Activision or EA by breaking Steam’s terms of service agreement and forcing DRM into the PC version of From Dust after they said they wouldn’t.

It seems like lately publishers have been proving time and time over again that maybe Valve and the Steam powered digital distribution service really are the champions of the people.

In an article on Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Ubisoft has changed their tuned about only requiring gamers to log-in once via a standard issue DRM security measure for their recent god-game, From Dust. Supposedly, after the one-time log-in gamers would be free to use the game from then on without requiring to be online to play the single-player game. Unfortunately, that’s not true anymore. Ubisoft has changed their tune and you will now always be required to be online each and every time you plan to log-in and play the game.

According to Lo-Ping, Valve is offering refunds to anyone who purchased the game. You’ll have to hop through a few loops and sign a ticket but I think the hassle would be well worth it in this case.

Take note that Ubisoft recently announced that they would be scaling back on the DRM for Driver San Francisco, which is a little scary because the same thing they said that wouldn't be included in From Dust WAS in fact included in From Dust in a backdoor manner. Does this mean that gamers can potentially expect the same fate from Driver San Francisco when it launches for PC in late September? If Ubisoft lied once about their inclusion of DRM I don't see why they wouldn't lie about it again.

Without a shadow of a doubt I’m now convinced that Valve removing those EA games from the Steam service and preventing the likes of Battlefield 3 from appearing on the service due to a breach in terms of service was actually for the betterment of the PC gaming community.

Time and time over it looks like one of the few e-tailers out there with consumers' interest in mind is Steam, and despite some people not being entirely fond of the service, you at least have to tip your hat off to them for not screwing gamers over and for looking out for gamer interests when it comes to software purchases.

Sadly, I doubt Activision, EA or Ubisoft will alter their ways to become more consumer friendly and it probably means we won’t be seeing a lot of PC ports appear on Steam in the future for the same reasons listed above.

You can get the full low-down on Ubisoft’s underhanded tactics over at Rock, Paper, Shotgun. And I’ll go ahead and say it for the readers…Ubisoft, that was a real douche-bag move right there. [/quote]

http://www.cinemablend.com/games/Ubisoft-Breaks-Steam-ToS-With-From-Dust-DRM-Valve-Offers-Refunds-34397.html

EDIT: Apparently people on reddit are saying that they are NOT offering refunds, but that Ubisoft is asking customers to go directly to them instead.

http://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/jnefp/valve_is_not_honoring_refund_requests_for_the/

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  • @Elvenmonk said: ...then when you load game you have to have all the game overlay UI and all those extra annoying crap running in the background further increasing the RAM usage.



    Steam overlay's worth every megabyte it uses up if you ask me.

  • It's easy to turn off the in game features. Just uncheck the appropriate box in the settings. As for resource hogging, never had a problem with it. Steam usually uses around 10 to 15 MB while idling, and about 50 MB when opened. Far less than the 400 MB that my Firefox is using right now.

  • @Chyron8472 said: idk where your problems are coming from with hogging resources. Even my old laptop has no problems with Steam.



    I know where some of it's going. When you browse anything int he steam s hop and when it's loaded it seems to store it constantly. Since I browse around on STEAM's shop frequently apparently STEAM seems tohog up massive ammounts of resources for me. Watching it now, and then playing the waiting game, after browsing 4 games I managed to get it up quite a bit. When I went to go view my steam community it shot up about the times of viewing 2 to 3 game pages. So played the waiting game and steam seemed to never let go of the resources. Ofcourse this is all cleared out when you close all of your steam windows. Why when I idle it shoots up to 256 MB I don't know.

    With my fiance's comp I've no idea why it does nothing but murder her comp. Infact it even overheats her comp running STEAM. She's so happy with Origin because her comp doesn'tdie by Origin running and she can atleast play a few games.

    @Corrupt I actually didn't know about that and I just turne dit off. Going to see if it helps out with some loading issues I've had with a few games that I've played through disc and through Steam. Crysis, most notably, took a dip when running in Steam.

    Honestly if I could buy games from Steam like D2D I'd personallly be happy. Or be able to go back to the old Steam system I'd be even more happy. I know this'll never happen, so I'm slowly shifting away from Steam(which isn't much really since I've always liked hard copies over digital more so). I'd also like a damn 64bit version.

  • No way does Steam take up 250+ MB of memory. And you can turn the in-game UI off.

  • If it's your perception that Steam is causing system crashes, then I would bet real money that what you really have is some sort of resource conflict, driver imcompatability or something else.

    People have a tendency not to pay attention to the amount of crap running in the background. It would be my suggestion that you should check your services and startup programs with MSCONFIG and turn a bunch of it off. Seriously, who needs Adobe to run stuff in the background for the sole purpose of loading Acrobat four seconds faster?

  • @Chyron8472 said: If it's your perception that Steam is causing system crashes, then I would bet real money that what you really have is some sort of resource conflict, driver imcompatability or something else.

    People have a tendency not to pay attention to the amount of crap running in the background. It would be my suggestion that you should check your services and startup programs with MSCONFIG and turn a bunch of it off. Seriously, who needs Adobe to run stuff in the background for the sole purpose of loading Acrobat four seconds faster?



    You don't need to tell me that. I make sure only processes I'm actually using are running at all times. I watch my resources carefully. This is how I know for some odd reason STEAM will randomly climb up in resources. Like when I found out that the Win 7 64bit version of the media center for some reason would eat up all your RAM even if nothing was using your computer for streaming, so I disabled it. Same for when it was known that nVidia's auto updater would randmonly eat 2 GB of RAM for Win7 64bit. I tend to stay top notch on that because I'm the type of person who likes my computer to be always within safe limitations.

    With my fiance's computer with steam constantly crashing her laptop we can't find any reason. All her drivers are upto date. Her laptop can obviously handle steam, her OS is uptodate, and all her parts are in healthy condition. For some reason when she loads STEAM 45 minutes later it blue screens with a memory(RAM) error.

  • http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2011/08/22/ubisoft-u-turn-on-from-dust-drm/#comments

    You see! They do it every time.

    Ubisoft: Oh lets put in always online DRM.

    Gamers: WE HATE YOUR DRM! WE WILL NOT BUY THIS GAME!

    After a week or two of no-one buying

    Ubisoft: Alright you win! But next time Gamers! NEXT TIIIIMMMMEEEE!!!!

  • And this is why I refused to buy Assassin's Creed on PC, instead waiting until I managed to pick up an Xbox.

  • As long as you buy it why should Ubisoft care?
    All this does is give them a reason to stop doing PC versions of their games. So thanks for boycotting the game. It just makes things harder for people like me, that have no console but still would like to play their games and that don't care about the DRM since they are online all the time anyways. Just like >90% of the people that are actually complaining just because it's cool and hip at the moment.

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