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sheesh you need a degree to understand that article!

price elasticity! Discount rates?! factors?? who wants to explain?
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Originally Posted by OrangeBunnies View Post
Lol, that would be silly. That's exactly what economists try to avoid..

However, it would be great for laughs, with all the confusion and crazy price spikes.
Yeah, it would be more fun than useful.

The game theory or gambling aspect of it would make it difficult to tease out results.
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"Vavle" LOL!
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Okay, Origin. Let's see you throw some 75% sales out there. Verify that 4000% sales bump, I dare you.
    
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I would never pirate a valve game that i dont own. Its like a law.
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Originally Posted by SpuddGunn View Post
Theres no thinking about it, Steam is and always will be DRM. Just because its tarted up changes nothing, its DRM

And it is intrusive, you need it running for anything needing Steam
Guess what? Steam has DRM in it. But to call Steam DRM is to call an HDTV foam peanuts just because they come packaged with it.
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post #27 of 55
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Theres no thinking about it, Steam is and always will be DRM. Just because its tarted up changes nothing, its DRM

And it is intrusive, you need it running for anything needing Steam
Sure Steam is DRM, but it also is a valuable service. It's give and take. Other approaches to DRM are all take and no give. Steam has a cloud service, awesome deals on games I would never otherwise hear of, tons of indie support, unified server browsing outside of the game, social connections, ect. I could go on and on. It may be DRM, but it never gets in the way of the user.


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I would never pirate a valve game that i dont own. Its like a law.
Agreed. If Valve were a person, they would poop gold.
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post #28 of 55
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Why? This smells like an application of marginal utility on the consumer side accounting for monetary concerns, as well as, satisfaction of wants and game theory on the producer side weighing the gain of least intrusive DRM sales vs highly intrusive lost sales and no DRM rampant piracy. Assuming proper and safe support is worth the low intrusion, high intrusion causes lost sales and consumer dissatisfaction. All standard stuffs.
I'm a finance/econ student, and this post makes me sad.

Pretty sure he just flipped through his econ textbook and randomly strung together key words.

Gabe on the other hand, makes me very happy! Finally a dev/publisher takes economics (and their customers) seriously!
post #29 of 55
DRM can be good or bad, Steam (And to a much lesser extent, Origin) are examples of good DRM.
Ubisoft is an example of the wrong way to do it.
    
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Great read!
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