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Piracy is a problem of 'global pricing,' not enforcement, claims new report

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Originally Posted by Vlad Savov
The major theme of the report is that ever more stringent enforcement of IP rights has proven ineffective in countering the growing tide of content piracy, and it is instead a problem of "global pricing" that needs to be tackled first.
Another big shocker today on the way to solve internet piracy. Cheaper prices, who'd have thunk?
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Maybe this will make publishers wisen up a bit and stop ripping us off. The only pirates they'll have left to deal with are the hardcore "I pirate because it's free and I don't give a rat's ass" crowd, and you aren't going to change their minds on the matter.
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I don't get it.

Homefront just got released, its on steam for some $50

But you can get it on other sites for $28

Pricing definitely needs to get fixed.
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I think the evidence behind the steam sales is the best information to back this up. When a game goes on midweek madness or on weekend sale the thing sells like no tomorrow. The developers of Amnesia The Dark Decent said that pricing their already 20 dollar game at half price on a steam sale literally saved them from closing shop. When things are cheap there is no reason to not buy them.

When EA released Bulletstorm and Crysis 2 at 60 dollars it makes me WANT to pirate the games even though I am not a pirate just because asking that much for a game is ridiculous. If they asked 40 bucks for those games I would have bought them in a heart beat, both of them! How many other people would have bought them too... steam has the information to show developers and publishers that lower prices and sales actually give higher revenue than sticking to high prices.

It really comes down to the people on the business side of games, music, programs and anything else in that realm needing to take their heads out of their rear ends and look at the numbers.

/rant
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How about a reduced price for people that are disabled and are on a small fixed income that are physically unable to leave home much.
Such as like the Lifeline telephone plans that cost a dollar a month.
Give those type folks a big discount, because they don't have many things to be able to have fun with, being shut in, limited income and such.
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Originally Posted by Mr_Torch View Post
How about a reduced price for people that are disabled and are on a small fixed income that are physically unable to leave home much.
Such as like the Lifeline telephone plans that cost a dollar a month.
Give those type folks a big discount, because they don't have many things to be able to have fun with, being shut in, limited income and such.
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To make a straw man, are you against helping the crippled and disabled and want to throw them under the bus for your own gain? Or do you have an actual argument for that no?
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Woot!

The reason I don't have a ginormous library is because i hate spending over 40 on games lol
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Maybe this will make publishers wisen up a bit and stop ripping us off.
I wouldn't hold my breath on that.

All these invasive IP laws in Western countries do nothing to address the real problem, which is that most piracy occurs in the 2nd & 3rd world countries.

http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cr...re-piracy-rate
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When a game goes on midweek madness or on weekend sale the thing sells like no tomorrow.

If they asked 40 bucks for those games I would have bought them in a heart beat, both of them!
I couldn't agree more with these statements.
I have so many games I have bought on midweek madness it would take me months to play them all. They are just such good deals! But fat chance I pay $60 for Dragon Age 2. I'll buy Braid for $3 and Amnesia for $10 as soon as I see them. Even if I don't play them right away.

...I'll get around to them eventually.

It's great to see DS2 for $40
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