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From Softcore Porn Denial to More Ubisoft DRM - News Roundup 27th February 2010

Jonathan Lester
DRM, Naughty Dog, News, Splinter Cell, Ubisoft

DOA Paradise is not Softcore Porn, says Director

From Softcore Porn Denial to More Ubisoft DRM - News Roundup 27th February 2010

The Home Office may believe that the upcoming Dead or Alive Paradise is nothing short of dangerous pornography designed to corrupt our rosy-cheeked children, but its product director would beg to differ. In an interview with Eurogamer, Yoshinori Ueda stated:

"We're certainly not trying to degrade women. They have beautiful bodies. We're trying to show off the beauty of their bodies but we're not trying to be degrading about it - we're trying to show that they are beautiful characters."

"It's not that we were trying to make softcore porn, that's definitely not the goal."

Wow, well that's us told. This creepy and slightly worrying well-reasoned and persuasive argument will be sure to sway the overprotective, biased critics that want to remove all violence, sex and good gameplay from our favourite entertainment medium. Good one, Ueda.

Personally, I couldn't care less about whether or not DOA: Paradise objectifies women or not. So long as it's a good game, it deserves to be played. If it isn't, it deserves to be judged on its own merits without petty scapegoating and political point-scoring getting in the way. [via 1UP]

Naughty Dog Moves to Bigger Kennel

From Softcore Porn Denial to More Ubisoft DRM - News Roundup 27th February 2010

Naughty Dog, the developer behind the fantastically successful Uncharted series, is moving studios to accommodate for their burgeoning workforce.

"We’ve built out our new studio from a raw and open floorplan to a killer new studio that provides us with more flexibility in space, layout and adjusting to fluctuating staffing needs – not to mention there are some significant upgrades to help us keep developing cutting-edge, award-winning games."- Naughty Dog Official Blog

To be honest, they're probably moving to a studio with a bigger mantelpiece- there probably isn't room for all their AIAS awards!

Future Ubisoft PC titles to contain 'evil' DRM

From Softcore Porn Denial to More Ubisoft DRM - News Roundup 27th February 2010

As we've reported in an earlier bulletin, the PC version of Assassin's Creed 2 contains a nasty piece of DRM that forces you to maintain a constant connection to the Ubisoft servers. If the connection is interrupted in any way (even for a second) the game quits back to the menu and loses any progress you may have made since the last checkpoint. There's been a huge gamer backlash against Ubisoft for instigating such a draconian anti-piracy measure, but this hasn't stopped them from announcing that all the upcoming new PC releases will also use the same system.

Splinter Cell Conviction, Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier will all contain this DRM.

“It’s hard for us to say, yes, from now until the day that we all die all of our games are going to include this but most will.” - Ubisoft announcement to PC Gamer.

Don't get me wrong: I'm not a fan of this new DRM at all. But think about this: it's got to be better than Starforce, right? This style of DRM could be a lot less invasive than spyware and actually provide the way forward for rights management as a whole... if Ubisoft sort out a way of allowing small lapses in internet connection without raping player progress. [VG247]

Disagree? Want to vent about DRM? Leave a comment!

Add a comment5 comments
EndlessWaves  Feb. 27, 2010 at 15:14

DRM that makes a game unplayable from a significant number of people vs. one that causes some rare technical problems that'll eventually be ironed out? I've got a rock solid internet connection but give me Starforce any day.

Hoo haaaa  Feb. 27, 2010 at 16:21

'raping the players progress' what an excellent piece of writing......... no wonder you dont have any paid work.

matt bee  Feb. 27, 2010 at 17:12

"This style of DRM could be a lot less invasive than spyware"

This *is* the most invasive form of spyware I've ever seen bundled officially with a game.

Now Ubisoft know exactly when you're playing, exactly how long for, which games you play most often, whether you prefer single player or multiplayer...

Do you believe for a second they're not tracking that information?

Jonathan Lester  Feb. 27, 2010 at 20:02

All valid points!

Note that I made it clear that I don't like this 'evil' DRM one bit. However, I reckon that the basic concept could be drastically improved to allow for slow/patchy connections and might provide a viable alternative to spyware-style DRM programs in the future.

It might be more appropriate for digitally downloaded games rather than physical copies, since it's likely that you'll have a decent internet connection in order to obtain the game in the first place.

Jonathan  Feb. 27, 2010 at 20:43

DOA Paradise is not Softcore Porn... it's just a strikingly accurate simulation of softcore porn...

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