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Just curious, if game developers are able to lock out piracy from multiplayer game modes, why can't they use those same tactics for locking out piracy from single player game modes? Wouldn't this help them to sell more copies?

I don't really understand what goes on behind the scenes, so this is why I am asking. smile.gif

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Ummm they try and they always screw it up and everyone hates it.

for example
http://www.tweakguides.com/AC2_1.html
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Because IIRC the only way to feasibly find out if someone's game is invalid is through the Internet. I think making every single-player game require an Internet connection would lose manufacturers a large audience and also be unreasonable.

Long story short, it's near impossible to enforce game validity offline.
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Pirated games are blocked when trying to connect to a genuine server. It costs a bomb for a company to connect to everyones copy of the game and verify that its genuine. Ubisoft tried it with Splinter cell conviction, but crackers found a way around it so company's just see it no as a waste of time. It's the same for programs people crack company's software such as adobe, but they still keep making it because they still get people buying it. The PC game industry will do the same, because people will keep buying their games.
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You don't lose a sale to piracy. They were never gonna buy it anyway. All you do is increase your chances of converting that Pirate into a Customer.
    
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Originally Posted by SS_Patrick;13207004 
You don't lose a sale to piracy. They were never gonna buy it anyway. All you do is increase your chances of converting that Pirate into a Customer.

This is exactly it.

I'd be surprised if many people here haven't ever played a pirated game. Everyone has their reasons, and people have their reasons to buy a legit copy.

BF3, who is going to download a pirated copy of that?

Make a good enough game the consumers are going to enjoy and respect - the only way of keeping piracy low.
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post #7 of 21
Quote:
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You don't lose a sale to piracy. They were never gonna buy it anyway. All you do is increase your chances of converting that Pirate into a Customer.

That is such BS.
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My saying is....
DRM only punishes the people that buy it.
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Originally Posted by SS_Patrick;13207004 
You don't lose a sale to piracy. They were never gonna buy it anyway. All you do is increase your chances of converting that Pirate into a Customer.

That's the part no one knows and is what makes it impossible to see the real impact of piracy. Anyway, I think mostly because people hate the idea of activating a single player game over the internet.
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post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by t3lancer2006;13207035 
That is such BS.

Care to explain further?

Even drm that uses online protection gets cracked anyway so there isn't really a lot these companies can do other then remove all DRM and trust their game is of good quality.

If your game is complete crap people who read reviews and such won't buy it anyway but if your game gets good reviews and has no drm people will start talking about the game and a few who would never purchase it might.
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