Originally Posted by CorporalAris
I think you need to rethink your, "Updated Business Model."
Think about this: Rockstar North sold 3.6 Million copies on opening day, correct? 3.6 times 60 dollars is 216 Million dollars. The game took 100 Million to create, correct? So day 1 profit is down to $116 Million. Then lets think advertising. Anywhere between 1 - 15 Million there. So, possibly, Rockstar North broke even on day one, give or take.
Now, lets lower that price: What do you suggest? Half? Lets try: 3.6 Million * 30 Dollars = 108 Million Dollars. Let's subtract the cost of the game: 108 Million - 100 Million = 8 Million. Well... That sucks. That doesn't even take into consideration advertising.
So, at what price do you think people would stop Pirating and actually stop breaking the law and go BUY THE DANG GAME?! Seriously? People don't pirate because they can't afford it. (Well, not games, or for that matter, music.) They pirate because they CAN.
Think about it, if you pirate, that means you don't care about stealing too much. Plus, with that whole, "Internet Anonymity Phenomenon," people think that they can get away with it, scot-free.
Think about it this way: If there was a way to get a new car for free and you thought that you could do it without anyone knowing, would you do it, or go shell out 30,000 DOLLARS for the thing?
Boo-hoo, Rockstar get a little less money. Come on, you honestly believe Rockstar have a *right* to sell their games for that much? It is supply and demand, and the demand is falling because they are selling it for too much and people can get what they want from another source.
Originally Posted by SgtSpike
Agree 100% with you CorporalAris, thanks for posting. People aren't going to stop pirating games just because the price is low. There's plenty of games out there that are only $10 now, and I guarantee there's still plenty of people pirating them instead of buying them! Changing the price point may change ~5% of pirater's minds, if even that.
People pirate because they can, and because they're greedy and don't care who else they hurt in the process, and unfortunately, that's not going to change. Our world has become increasingly immoral, and a lack of good PC games is one of the prices we are now paying for it.
The fact is, that a lot of piraters will go to certain lengths to get something, it's about ease. Torrenting is not really the easiest thing to set up (for the average person (idiot)), and if you give someone the choice between hard and expensive, they will usually not bother with hard, but games are expensive enough they are torrenting them instead.
Look, I'm obviously not going to be able to persuade you my way of thinking is right, and visa-versa, so I won't restate stuff again and again.