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Ubisoft abandons always-on DRM in PC titles

Ubisoft abandons always-on DRM in PC titles

Ubisoft has made a rather huge announcement, saying that it will no longer implement its much-hated always-on DRM in its PC games. Ubisoft's worldwide director for online games Stephanie Perotti announced the big news in a particularly hard-hitting interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun, saying that the company has been listening to feedback from players and has decided to ditch the controversial form of digital rights management. Hopefully this decision sticks, because while always-on DRM may make investors happy, it certainly has the opposite effect on paying customers.

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Hearthfire DLC for Skyrim available on Xbox 360 now

Hearthfire DLC for Skyrim available on Xbox 360 now

Skyrim's latest DLC, Hearthfire, launches on Xbox 360 today, and it seems to pack a lot into a tiny download. The DLC, which lets you collect raw materials to build your dream home and adopt children (among other things), weighs in at only 75MB, meaning that it should be a pretty quick download for most folks. The pack is budget-priced too as it costs a mere 400 MSP, leading us to believe that this is a tiny DLC bonus meant to tide us over while we wait for the next expansion-like Skyrim DLC pack.

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Borderlands 2 Mechromancer DLC release date outed by Gearbox

Borderlands 2 Mechromancer DLC release date outed by Gearbox

The release of the highly-anticipated Borderlands 2 is just two short weeks away, and it won't be long after that September 18 release that the game gets its first DLC. We've known for a while that this DLC will add a new class - the Mechromancer - but what we didn't know is when it will launch. This weekend at PAX Prime, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford finally gave an actual date, saying that the pack will be available "by October 16."

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Valve looking to enter PC hardware business

Valve looking to enter PC hardware business

Well, this is pretty interesting: a new Valve job ad pegs the Half-Life developer with an interest in jumping into the PC hardware business. The job ad calls for an Industrial Designer who will be "defining new entertainment experiences through both hardware and software." Even more interesting is what the company has to say about the current state of the PC hardware industry.

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Steam Greenlight launches with hundreds of games to vote for

Steam Greenlight launches with hundreds of games to vote for

After hearing about it for the past few weeks, Steam Greenlight has finally launched. As many of you already know, Steam Greenlight is a new system that allows developers to submit their game to the community for approval. Should the Steam community welcome the game with open arms (or, in this case, up-votes), then it stands a good chance at being added to the Steam catalog.

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Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes revealed, hints at open-world elements

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes revealed, hints at open-world elements

As many of you already know, the Metal Gear franchise is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. What better way to celebrate than with a new game in the series? At the Metal Gear 25th Anniversary event in Tokyo, Konami and Kojima Productions announced the latest installment in the series, and they're calling it Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes.

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Dawnguard PS3 wasn’t delayed because of Hearthfire, Bethesda assures

Dawnguard PS3 wasn’t delayed because of Hearthfire, Bethesda assures

Yesterday, Bethesda announced Hearthfire, the latest DLC for Skyrim. It looks to be a charming little DLC pack, but there's just one problem: Xbox 360 owners will be getting Hearthfire next week, but PS3 owners are still without Dawnguard, Skyrim's first DLC. This understandably has some PS3 players wondering if Bethesda delayed Dawnguard on PS3 so it could finish up work on Hearthfire and get it out the door quickly.

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Activision details three Black Ops II special editions

Activision details three Black Ops II special editions

With all of the hype surrounding Black Ops II, a collector's edition was inevitable. Activision has done us one better, though, and announced a total of three collector's editions for the game. The expected Hardened Edition and PC Digital Deluxe edition are present, along with the Care Package Edition, which comes packed full of goodies for the die-hard Call of Duty fan.

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Electronic Arts reveals release date for Battlefield 3: Armored Kill

Electronic Arts reveals release date for Battlefield 3: Armored Kill

After weeks of teasing, Battlefield 3's latest DLC pack, Armored Kill, finally has a release date. Actually, Armored Kill has a total of four release dates, with PlayStation 3 players getting it before everyone else. PlayStation 3 players who are also subscribed to Battlefield Premium will be the very first to get Armored Kill, with the DLC launching for them on September 4th.

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Even more Grand Theft Auto V screenshots released by Rockstar

Even more Grand Theft Auto V screenshots released by Rockstar

Like clockwork, Rockstar has released another round of Grand Theft Auto V screenshots. The developer has been slowly releasing these screenshots throughout the week, starting with three on Monday and another three on Wednesday. By the time Wednesday's screenshots had hit, we assumed that Rockstar would release another batch today, and it turns out we were right.

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Visceral shares new Dead Space 3 screenshots

Visceral shares new Dead Space 3 screenshots

We still have about five months to wait until Dead Space 3 finally arrives (yes, it's still that far off), but Visceral Games and Electronic Arts been kind enough to share a collection of brand new screenshots to help tide us over. There are 10 in all, and they give glimpse at a variety of different things including Necromorphs, space, and even a couple new weapons. There are also some images of Isaac himself in his new armor, and we have to say he's looking pretty good for a person who has been through two horrific encounters with the Necromorphs.

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Ubisoft claims 93-95% piracy rate on its PC games

Ubisoft claims 93-95% piracy rate on its PC games

Piracy on PC is a big deal for publishers, but Ubisoft always seems to be in the spotlight when there's a new story on piracy or DRM. It's hardly a secret that Ubisoft has major issues with piracy, but before it's never really gotten down to hard numbers. Today, that changed in an interview with GamesIndustry International, in which Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that Ubisoft experiences a piracy rate of 93-95% on its PC games.

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