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Computer games experts have devised a way to beat the pirates who cost their industry a fortune.

Manufacturers plan to give away their games for free.

The scheme was revealed by one of the industry's leading entrepreneurs, Lisburn-born David Perry.

His best-known creations include Enter the Matrix, Earthworm Jim and Messiah.

"The next big thing will be free games," he said.

Mr Perry said the plan "sounds crazy" but it had already proved successful in Asia.

"They had so much piracy that they decided to stop charging for the games. Instead, there'll be a charge for things you might want to use in the game," he said.

"Your character might have a plain white T-shirt. If you wanted a nicer one you could have it for a dollar. Or perhaps you could buy a magic sword for a knight for a dollar."

He said this approach had already proved successful in Asia.

"It's going to turn our industry on its head and I want to see the same thing happening in the USA and Europe."

Mr Perry was speaking in Belfast after being awarded an honorary doctorate by Queen's University for his pioneering work in computer game development and design.

In 2002 his Shiny Entertainment company was sold to Atari for $47m.

Games piracy is a huge problem according to ELSPA, the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association.

A spokesman said: "It's estimated that over £2bn is lost every year by UK industry to games software counterfeiters."
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This will fail so miserably it will actually be funny.

And: Enter the Matrix, Earthworm Jim and Messiah. Just LOL!
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I dont like it, I would rather pay 50 dollars. Also i would imagine that the people would find a way aroudn this as well. People just need to stop stealing.
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It'll either be free games (with ad aupport) or they go the route of Steam.

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This will fail so miserably it will actually be funny.

And: Enter the Matrix, Earthworm Jim and Messiah. Just LOL!
Those arent the free ones, those are David Perry's best know creations.

And Earthworm Jim was awesome
    
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agreed earthworm jim was a awsome game for its time
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I dont like it, I would rather pay 50 dollars. Also i would imagine that the people would find a way aroudn this as well. People just need to stop stealing.
yes we all will stop stealing and after that we can start donating half our paychecks to the poor and stop doing drugs. People as a whole are evil its in our nature and its how we function, greed and hope are intertwined, the world would fall into chaos without these functions.
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yes we all will stop stealing and after that we can start donating half our paychecks to the poor and stop doing drugs. People as a whole are evil its in our nature and its how we function, greed and hope are intertwined, the world would fall into chaos without these functions.
Off topic but i dont think the world would fall into chaos without stealing. There will still be greed and plenty of other "evil" things out there.

On topic: This would be a pain becuase i would want to know everything thats available for purchase before i bought the game. So if its something like oblivion where there is like endless amounts of crap im not reading a list to 20 pages long of stuff ic an buy.
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This will fail so miserably it will actually be funny.

And: Enter the Matrix, Earthworm Jim and Messiah. Just LOL!
No it wont, some very popular free MMO's already use this an America, and they are successful.

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I dont like it, I would rather pay 50 dollars. Also i would imagine that the people would find a way aroudn this as well. People just need to stop stealing.
There isnt a way around it really. Not in any game that is currently released, because its all server-side.

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Off topic but i dont think the world would fall into chaos without stealing. There will still be greed and plenty of other "evil" things out there.

On topic: This would be a pain becuase i would want to know everything thats available for purchase before i bought the game. So if its something like oblivion where there is like endless amounts of crap im not reading a list to 20 pages long of stuff ic an buy.
It'll only be for certain items, not everything.
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I am waiting for them to implement something where you have to download something to "activate" your copy that uses a UNIQUE CD-Key much like alot of games use to sign into and play multiplayer (Company of Heroes and World in Conflict come to mind), that are basically uncrackable because they are exact matches for Keys in a database.
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Enter the matrix was ftw
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