Anonymous asked: what's the deal with ubisoft?
Mostly Uplay. Always-on DRM, you cannot play at all without a network connection. I’m sure they’ve backed down at least some from that, but that was just way too bad an idea. Also, shortly before that, I’d gotten a much-anticipated game (Heroes of Might & Magic V, I think?) from them, and it had a typo. Now, you might think that’s no big deal. But every single turn, when your movement runs out, you would get the message “Not enought movement points.” And I feel that if they can’t fix a glaring typo in what is probably the single-most-commonly-seen piece of text in the game, that really says something very negative about their attitude towards quality.
But mostly, the DRM thing. I have very low tolerance for DRM in general, and their complete lack of concern about a system which, in reality, really did lock out all the players whenever it had problems, was not something I was willing to support. That’s the sort of thing for which I will write a company off permanently.
Ooh, ooh, yes. Evil hated thing.
They have an offline mode now, I believe, but that doesn’t stop the game manager from always having to be on. My biggest complaint with it is that it takes up too much of the system resources for something that can never be shut down. When I installed HoM&M 6 (which takes insane system resources btw, roughly 65% of mine) if I had pandora running at the same time the ubisoft manager tipped it over into not working, and it will shut down the game if you end task on it.