Methinks Mr. Bushnell underestimates the collective capabilities of the net. CSS was supposed to be uncrackable...the HD-DVD/Blu-Ray mechanism was supposed to be uncrackable...the X360 was supposed to be uncrackable...
Alan, everything is crackable. Don't kid yourself. Whatever your top engineers create, the black hats will deconstruct.
Originally Posted by MasterKromm
It doesn't have to be eradicated, simply made so difficult/inconvenient that most will be unable to play the pirated games.
Exactly, and this is why the X360 protection is actually a success even though it's been cracked: it's just not as easy as it used to be with the old XBox, PS2, or PS1. It has reached a difficulty level that will turn most "casual pirates" away.
And this is where success in Asia can be found. People pirate there left and right because it's easy to do, so easy that it's become the cultural norm. They will have a steep hill to climb there though, because it is
the cultural norm; people will be pissed that they have to spend $20 for a DVD that they used to get (illegally) for $5.
Originally Posted by adam144
The only reason there is any piracy today is because, largely, the games out there right now suck, so people don't want to put their hard earned cash on the line for a piece of crap.
Oh, that's just crazy. Games out today are some of the highest calibre games ever made. 2008 was repeatedly called one of the best gaming years ever
, and I strongly agree. Saying that "games today suck" is just crazy.
And saying that piracy is high because
games suck doesn't even make sense. Unless you meant to trot out that tired lie that people pirate games to make sure they are good first, then buy them if they like them...which is still illegal even if it were true (which it isn't...pirates pirate, then they lie about it.)