I've just had a quick read of the Rock, Paper, Shotgun article detailing Anno 2070's DRM. I'm having a bit of a problem understanding this. Not only do people who actually BUY the legitimate version get a limit on how many times they can install the game they legally purchased, if they change something as minor as their graphics card, the DRM says 'yup, there's another one gone!'. I'm seriously considering returning the collector's edition of 2070. I just don't see that paying customers should be shafted so violently in the name of anti-piracy, when someone could simply download a torrent, install it as many times as they liked, and not have to go through the headache of contacting Ubisoft JUST to install a game they bought legally! Not to mention, you have to be online at all times just to play the single-player campaign.
It's obvious: DRM doesn't work. You can almost always find pirated copies available within a day or two (sometimes before) of official releases... so the paying customer gets more and more nonsense DRM piled on them whilst pirates get the experience *I* should be getting, i.e. hassle-free, DRM-free. If Ubisoft hates PC gamers this much, couldn't they just say so, and stop making games? What a load of twaddle.