Originally Posted by Fusion Racing
if someone wants to pirate a game, 90% of the time it will be because they wouldn't buy it anyway, so therefore whatever they do, the company wont get any money out of it. if anything, a lot of the latest games could well have lost sales due to all of the copy protection rubbish that is put on them, all you have to do is just mention Bioshock...
Fixed for you.
Yeah, Bioshock is one game I completely ignored. I don't need that crud on my PC.
Originally Posted by Sikozu
Although most games are released in many places around the same time a few arnt. If you put months between the release of a game in different countries of course people are gunna pirate. With todays infrastructure and production capabilities there is no excuse to not releasing everywhere within say a week or two.
Call of Juarez is the perfect example. They released it somewhere 9 months
before releasing it in Canada.
I was reading reviews about it in October
, and actually got to buy it in June
Originally Posted by ManicGenius
In some cases that isn't true. I remember reading an article
by a developer where they stated putting in special checks
mid-game. If the check failed, the game would crash, on
purpose. The pirates took this to mean the game was buggy,
and in return all the forums were filled with people warning
against the game.
Result: Game became a failure
(The pirates only removed the CD check and knew nothing of the
hidden checks within)
The problems with those games is often the idiot developers make mistakes, and the retail versions become unstable.
One example is Beyond Good & Evil. Really fun game, but if you have a VIA chipset, or an older chipset, or a newer chipset, then there's a 10% chance it screws up your saved games 8/10ths through the game. DAMN!
And worse yet, the patch(which addresses important issues) increases the chance to something like 60%.
About the only chipset that has a 100% chance of working fine is an nForce 2.
Anything else and you're out of luck.
Now luckily, some pirates wrote a saved-game fixer. Bless them...
I agree with the guy in the article. Pirates really aren't a problem if you have a quality