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Recently there has been a lot of talk about how piracy affects PC gaming. And if you listen to game developers, it apparently is a foregone conclusion - if a high quality PC game doesn't sell as many copies as it should, it must be because of piracy.

Now, I don't like piracy at all. It really bugs me when I see my game up on some torrent site just on the principle of the matter. And piracy certainly does cost sales. But arguing that piracy is the primary factor in lower sales of well made games? I don't think so. People who never buy software aren't lost sales.

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The reason why we don't put CD copy protection on our games isn't because we're nice guys. We do it because the people who actually buy games don't like to mess with it. Our customers make the rules, not the pirates. Pirates don't count. We know our customers could pirate our games if they want but choose to support our efforts. So we return the favor - we make the games they want and deliver them how they want it. This is also known as operating like every other industry outside the PC game industry.
http://forums.sinsofasolarempire.com...?postid=303512

Quite a refreshing attitude from the smaller guys on the block, those who probably have more to lose from piracy than the big developing firms with lots of cash.

Overall, I'd say this little blog is a really interesting read on piracy from a dev's perspective.

With Mass Effect and Spore coming out with all the anti-piracy hullabaloo, I thought this would be an interesting read and contribution to that whole discussion.


If this doesn't belong in the news or there is some other discrepency, please let me know.. but if twenty people already did, build ya post count somewhere else and try to contribute, eh?
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http://forums.sinsofasolarempire.com...?postid=303512

Quite a refreshing attitude ...

Overall, I'd say this little blog is a really interesting read on piracy from a dev's perspective....

If this doesn't belong in the news or there is some other discrepency, please let me know.. but if twenty people already did, build ya post count somewhere else and try to contribute, eh?

I like boobs.
I completely agree.

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Oh, the "i like boobs" remark was for my personal amusement. sorry .

But seriously, i do agree with what you say, and i do like boobs.
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nothing wrong with a good pair of boobs.
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IIRC, they took out the copy protection stuff from Mass Effect. Not sure about Spore though.
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I agree...the people who pirate games most likely wouldn't buy it anyways.

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Oh, the "i like boobs" remark was for my personal amusement. sorry .
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IIRC, they took out the copy protection stuff from Mass Effect. Not sure about Spore though.
They retracted their statement on both games. None of them will have obnoxious 'phoning home' software.
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"Those games that have the Nazi anti-piracy measures... what happens if you aren't connected to the internet? Does that mean the game won't work?"

"Also, they are all just wasting their time/money. Pirates will find a way to get past any and all ways people find to stop them. They probably actually enjoy the challenge of cracking a new encryption or program. It gives them something to brag about to all their little pirate friends. So just stop doing it. Give up on anti-piracy because it will never work... Ever."

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This is a repost. Last time i saw this was about a month ago.
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I don't mind the security software for the most part. If it would help out then I am all for it. They can put on whatever security they want to but someone will create one of those no CD/DVD things to get around it. I feel bad for the artists that put some much time and energy into what they love only to read about the consumer complaining when they try to protect their hard work.
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This is a repost. Last time i saw this was about a month ago.
You didn't actually read the post though, did you?

I do wish there was a simple, unobtrusive way to defend against software dispersement.
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