Ubisoft server transition will make always-on DRM games unplayable

Many of Assassin’s Creed publisher Ubisoft’s online services will be offline starting Feb. 7 as it moves its servers from a third-party data center to a new facility. During this time, Ubisoft says the online features of some of its games will be affected by the transition, while some of its games will be completely unplayable, including a number of single-player games that use the publisher’s unpopular “always-on” digital rights management system (DRM).

Best video games so far in 2010: some aren't bestsellers, some aren't games at all

The year is almost halfway done, and video game publishers will be announcing a whole new slate of games at the E3 Expo starting June 13. So this is a good time to assess the best games of the year so far. We’re lucky to have such a great slate of titles to choose from, since game publishers are finally catching on to the strategy of releasing games in off season. As usual, the bestseller lists don’t tell the whole story about innovation in video games.