The problem publishers like Ubisoft, who are notorious for their restrictive DRM, is that they punish legitimate users while doing nothing or at least very little to actually beat the pirates. I've said this all before, also in relation to music, and it's getting sort of old, but it's also so obvious. Services like Steam work because they make it easier to be a legitimate user than a pirate - or at least not more difficult. I think what they need to do is see piracy as capitalist competition.
That's why CD Projekt, the makers of the Witcher, have the right idea. I mean, aside from that one time they tried to sue individual pirates. They've created a magnificent game, one that's well worth owning, and then, in an age where a lot of developers/publishers are pushing DLC that in the most extreme cases doesn't even offer any new content ( Here, have a shiny new texture! Only $2! ), they're handing out an enhanced edition of their product for free.
It's possible that's what happens when you don't have EA or Ubisoft breathing down your neck.
I'm not trying to make a moral argument here. I think it's pretty clear by now that the legality of piracy is not what's in question.
In slightly related discussion, though only because Double Fine's latest venture is a great example of how to do it right ( if you haven't heard, they managed to raise something like $1.6 million for a new adventure game, and anyone who donates at least $15 gets the game for free when it's done - now that's a product made for the consumers ), Obsidian seem to be considering raising money for a new project, too. From the consumers. So that they won't have EA breathing down their necks. Hell, it could be the first time ever Obsidian produces a game that's not brilliant but bugged, but simply brilliant.
Which is a good thing, because frankly, I'm losing faith in my old favorites. I absolutely hate admitting this, but Bethesda has gone from producing brilliant games to making utterly bland, cookie-cutter games aimed at the mainstream. And increasingly, or so I fear, BioWare is doing the same. All hope isn't lost for BioWare yet, far from it. I still think Mass Effect is one of the most brilliant games ever - if not the most brilliant. But that's partly because we haven't had a decent sci-fi game in about a decade. But compared to their older titles, it seems to me that BioWare games are starting to follow a pretty simple formula, too ( and I'm not just talking about the way the characters and plots are similar ). I don't know. In my opinion, they haven't started to deteriorate in quality yet, the way Bethesda games have, but .. I'm worried. I'm worried, is all.
Meanwhile, Obsidian have produced some incredible games. Their games are usually flawed in some way, but their consistently good. I'm one of those people who liked Alpha Protocol, and New Vegas was far superior to Fallout 3.