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EA on "Pirates As A Marketplace"

"I Think Of Pirates As A Marketplace" is the grabber headline of an interview with John Riccitiello on Kotaku, where the EA CEO discusses the growing trend of using DLC as a fulcrum to prevent piracy and curtail used-game sales. He says "They can steal the disc, but they can't steal the DLC," though a later update acknowledges that piracy of DLC is not actually unheard of. "I don't think anybody should pirate anything," Riccitiello clarifies. "I believe in the artistry of the people who build [the games industry.] I profoundly believe that. And when you steal from us, you steal from them. Having said that, there's a lot of people who do."

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136. Re: Pirates Dec 14, 2009, 18:19 shponglefan
 
I'm not sure why you keep calling this a strawman.

Because it is.

Your logic is flawed. You assume that most people use the money they get from selling used games in order to purchase new games.

The argument was never all or most, it was some. Some people do use money from used sales to purchase new games. I've done it and I've seen others do it as well. It's a fact.

The point is that you equate used sales and piracy based on the idea that no money is flowing to developers. But in the case of a used sale financing a new sale, money is flowing to developers from that used sale. It's just flowing through an intermediary (which is really no different than money flowing from customers through retailers to publishers to developers).

At this point I think I'll need to draw a picture with crayons if you still aren't understanding this.
 
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