Wednesday, November 1st 2017

CPUs Bear Brunt of Ubisoft Deploying VMProtect Above Denuvo for AC:O

It's been extensively reported that Denuvo has failed as an effective DRM solution for games, as some of the newer releases such as "Assassin's Creed: Origins," were cracked by pirates less than 48 hours into the market release. For those who bought the game, Denuvo adds its own CPU and memory footprint. In an effort to stem further piracy of "Assassin's Creed: Origins" (because hey, there are limited stocks of pirated copies on the Internet), Ubisoft added an additional DRM layer on top of Denuvo, made by VMProtect. The implementation is so shoddy, that paying customers who didn't spend a fortune on their PC builds (most PC gamers) complain of abnormally high CPU usage, which is in some cases, even reducing performance to unplayable levels.

Ubisoft deployed VMProtect as a concentric DRM layer to Denuvo. Genuine user authentication has to now be performed by two separate pieces of software with their own PIDs, CPU-, and memory-footprints, not to mention user data falling into more hands. Gamers such as this one took to Steam Forums to complain about abnormally high CPU usage, which is traced back to VMProtect. Gamers complain that the game now hits 100% CPU usage, resulting in frame-drops, stuttering, and even unplayable frame-rates. As gaming prophet Gabe Newell once said, the only way to beat piracy is to offer a better service than the pirates. Right now the pirates offer better frame-rates, at an introductory price of $0, while stocks last.

Source: TorrentFreak
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82 Comments on CPUs Bear Brunt of Ubisoft Deploying VMProtect Above Denuvo for AC:O

#1
Steevo
FreedomEclipse said:
@btarunr

Its 'Bare Brunt of' not 'bear brunt of'. This is a 'Bear'.....


Strangely enough in the US Bear is also commonly used as the current tense of "bore" as in "The CPU bore a lot of load" for past tense, and "The CPU is bearing a lot of load". So the original usage seems grammatically correct to me, and to many US users. However this is becoming unbearable to continue to discuss, other than I would like to add, Fuck Ubisoft in their asses till they die.
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#2
BiggieShady
bug said:
Apparently not understanding how your stuff works, doesn't really hurt your business
Yeah, I'd still recommend to have someone down the line who does :)
newtekie1 said:
It isn't even that. The reality is, the issue would have to be so bad, that it would make people that pirate the game suddenly think it is worth buying the game to fix.
How about an incentive ... something like free DLC that works only with patched executable.
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#3
hat
Enthusiast
bug said:
Learn what? That the more DRM they put into their games, the more money they make?

They're not in the business of getting nice comments on random internet forums, they're in the business of making money. If people keep buying their stuff, they'll keep making it.
I'd imagine they make less actually because there are a lot of people getting frustrated with this DRM.
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#4
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
btarunr said:
Reverted, thanks.
My humblest of apologies dear sir :(

It seems i dont English too well as i thought i did, Delete my original comment.
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#5
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
FreedomEclipse said:
@btarunr

Its 'Bare Brunt of' not 'bear brunt of'. This is a 'Bear'.....

http://www.wikiality.com/file/2016/11/bears1.jpg
Actually it is in fact "bear", which means to carry, which is where "supply bearers" comes from. So in this case, it means all the market can carry, hold, or withstand.
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#6
LYCANTROATH
"As gaming prophet Gabe Newell once said, the only way to beat piracy is to offer a better service than the pirates. Right now the pirates offer better frame-rates, at an introductory price of $0, while stocks last."

so funny and sad but true.
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#7
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
BiggieShady said:
How about an incentive ... something like free DLC that works only with patched executable.
That can work, but it isn't likely to get pirates to spend $60 on a game, IMO. If they do something like Doom did, then there is a chance. They released all the DLC for free as well as all the modes, they basically just completely unlocked the game, and then started selling it for $30. That probably pulled a few pirates over to buying the game. Lowing the price to $20 during the Steam sales probably pulled a few more too.
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#8
blobster21
altcapwn said:
Why don't they follow CD RED philosophy (I imagine because their games suck so if you download it to try it, you won't buy it afterwards).

Anyway, I boycotted UBISOFT and EA GAMES long time ago.
There's no such thing as an Ubisoft game. Unless you refer to the usual Ubisoft mess ©®
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#9
BiggieShady
newtekie1 said:
They released all the DLC for free as well as all the modes, they basically just completely unlocked the game, and then started selling it for $30. That probably pulled a few pirates over to buying the game. Lowing the price to $20 during the Steam sales probably pulled a few more too.
Well that's really good example of sensible management, the one who understands they peddle goods that have no limit in stocking, so the unit price matter much less than with physical goods.
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#10
bug
hat said:
I'd imagine they make less actually because there are a lot of people getting frustrated with this DRM.
See the link in my previous post: sadly, they don't make less.
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#11
Red_Machine
I can't remember if the problem of my fans getting loud was before I bought AC:O or not. This might explain the excessive fan noise, but the fans would probably still spin down when I quit the game. I have noticed an awful lot of CPU usage, though.
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#12
GAR
Ubisoft is crap, pc gamers should boycott this crap company once and for all, I have a long time ago, non of their games appeal to me anyway.
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#13
Tomgang
Oh my god. How can this be happening... oh wait its ubisoft



Dropped Ubisoft back in 2014 after baying and heck preorder Far Cry 4 to much disapoint ment. Ran like shit. ghosting, lag spikes and at times crashed. And i can see that they havent change a dam bit since then. I am not gonna getting this game or Far Cry 5 for that matter. Ubisoft can suck it.




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#14
raptori
"as some of the newer releases such as "Assassin's Creed: Origins," were cracked by pirates less than 48 hours into the market release."

Just to clarify: Assassin's Creed: Origins isn't cracked yet !! also if it is cracked the frames will not be better as the crack only bypass the protection not remove it, in both cases the paying costumers are the ones that taking the hit and that's what you get for supporting such company .
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#15
silentbogo
Publishers are going crazy with DRM. Things are getting so complicated, I'm afraid we are gonna get another Starforce (meant as "you bought the game and it won't even launch").
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#16
etayorius
I own 380 games on Steam, 42 on Origin and 92 on GoG and i'm glad there is not a single title i am interested from Ubisoft for a Decade.

How can they get away with doing an ASSassin's Creed every year or two? don't people get tired of that franchise? they been doing the same crap with FarCry. Damn, i played the first and second and i can't go back for another, and Uplay bleh!!
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#17
Vayra86
Oh Wow Ubisoft, just when we thought you made every screwup in the world of PC gaming a reality, you pull this one. On AC, no less. Forgot the lessons taught by AC Unity so fast!

Another game to avoid, no problem, there's a crapton of good stuff coming out, DRM Free, and not touched by this arrogant publisher.
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#18
Red_Machine
I like the Assassin's Creed games primarily for the settings, not for the gameplay. I'm a big fan of pirate games, so Black Flag and Rogue are big winners for me; and I also love ancient Egypt, so Origins is also on my list of must-play titles.
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#19
bug
Red_Machine said:
I like the Assassin's Creed games primarily for the settings, not for the gameplay. I'm a bit fan of pirate games, so Black Flag and Rogue are big winners for me; and I also love ancient Egypt, so Origins is also on my list of must-play titles.
Then you'll love the Greek triremes they've apparently used all over the place :P
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#20
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
bug said:
Then you'll love the Greek triremes they've apparently used all over the place :p
Actually, it being at the time of Julius Caesar, the Egyptians were still using Greek tactics, Greek weaponry, and Greek Naval ships and tactics. Roman biremes and trireme were only slightly improved versions of the excellent Greek design.

Egypt at this time was at the end of the house of Ptolemy. Ptolemaic Egypt was founded by Ptolemy as part of the 3 way split hundreds of years prior of Alexander's empire.
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#21
Red_Machine
Your avatar is all the convincing I need that you speak the truth. Forgetting the fact I've studied both Rome and Egypt. :P
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#22
lexluthermiester
altcapwn said:
Why don't they follow CD RED philosophy (I imagine because their games suck so if you download it to try it, you won't buy it afterwards).
Couldn't agree more. Pirates are going to pirate. No one can ever completely stop it. But you can make your paying customers happy by not irritating, annoying them, or making them feel like criminals.
altcapwn said:
Anyway, I boycotted UBISOFT and EA GAMES long time ago.
Same here, unless it's on GOG. And to be fair, there are a few really good EA games there, like Crysis and it's addons. Now if they'd only do the Command & Conquer series..
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#23
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
BiggieShady said:
Well that's really good example of sensible management, the one who understands they peddle goods that have no limit in stocking, so the unit price matter much less than with physical goods.
Yep, it certainly got me to finally buy the game.
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#24
bug
rtwjunkie said:
Actually, it being at the time of Julius Caesar, the Egyptians were still using Greek tactics, Greek weaponry, and Greek Naval ships and tactics. Roman biremes and trireme were only slightly improved versions of the excellent Greek design.

Egypt at this time was at the end of the house of Ptolemy. Ptolemaic Egypt was founded by Ptolemy as part of the 3 way split hundreds of years prior of Alexander's empire.
Ah, it's that age of Egypt. I didn't know that, my bad.
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#25
Upgrayedd
btarunr said:
Yeah, AC:O DRM right now is like a matroshka doll with a little turd after the 4th doll.
Idk if I should be laughing at or feeling sad for the industry right now
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