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Far Cry 2: It should have been good.
Friday, 24 October 2008

I was excited. There was a lot of hype, and the teaser videos looked promising.

Far Cry 2, judging by the short length of time I managed to play it, has been good. SecuROM is not. SecuROM is a piece of flaky arse droppings, and is preventing me from playing the game that I paid for.

OH NOES - IT LOOKS LIKE YOU'RE USING A COPY OF THE DVD - USE THE REAL ONE PLEASE. The thing is, I was using the real disc. I should have twigged when it took a system restart to get my machine to recognise the DVD in my drive during installation. I should have known that there's no point paying for games these days, because the rights holders hold the consumer in such contempt that they don't care whether you manage to play the game once you've paid for it. Good luck finding a store that will take back an opened PC game, by the way.

I should have pirated Far Cry 2. At least then I would be playing it now, rather than venting my frustration here.

I can't even get into the UbiSoft portal to submit a support request, and the only telephone support they have is at 30p/minute; there's no way that I'm going to pay that for the privilege of struggling through a standard script, with some telephone jockey in another country. No thanks.

Perhaps I'll buy the game on Steam, and send the DVD to UbiSoft's UK offices in a ziplock bag, along with a fresh turd. That might go some way towards expressing my displeasure.

Truth be told though, all I want to do is play the game that I paid for. I don't want to buy it twice. Is that unreasonable of me? I suspect that another system restart will allow the DVD to be recognised again, but why should I reboot every time I want to launch a game?

AHA! There's a tiny disclaimer in almost illegible text on the back of the packaging:

"NOTICE: This game contains technology intended to prevent copying that may conflict with some DVD-RW and virtual drives."

Well that's OK then. At least they're honest about it. So which drives does it conflict with? Which drives are safe? Do you want me to buy a new DVD drive? What kind should I buy? How will I know that your game will work with it?

I can honestly say that I've lost my enthusiasm for the game - it's not worth the effort.

Comments
Steve said:
on Friday, 24 October 2008 at 11:27 am
http://xkcd.com/488/