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Op Ed

All Aspect Warfare developer blog #14 - The DRM Minefield.
The key to DRM for developers/publishers is that the longer it takes for hackers to break the game, the more chances you have of actually making some additional money on the game. There is no such thing as a casual pirate anymore. At least not since everyone discovered the Internet and Google. So DRM implementation is not about preventing uncle Tom from making a copy of your game for your cousin Harry. Tom doesn’t need to crack your game in order to make that copy for Harry when he can just go online and get it from someone who already has done the job for him. Heck, Harry can probably do it all by himself. Casual piracy is no farther than a trip to a search engine.

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9. Re: Op Ed Jul 14, 2009, 14:10 eRe4s3r
 
I take you are the main developer of AAW ?

Well, i checked the only trustworthy sources for cracks (gcw/gf/megag....) and could not find a single crack for any of your games. Excluding Universal Combat - and patch 2.030 cracked. Now maybe they are still flying around but it seems your DRM efforts paid off decently. There are no legit scene torrents of any of your latest games around either, according to nforce

Steam however - is not an alternative at all, while it takes distribution and sales off your hands (i guess), its also extremely simple to crack (or rather, emulate) - so you will always need additional Online Auth DRM if you don't want 0-day spread of your steam games. So instead of giving Valve money it seems better to handle it yourself. You are doing so already anyway i guess.

Now probably this is not gonna get an answer from you/here but are there any plans for a fully mouse driven interface in AAW ? So will it be possible to do anything not directly related flight and fight (yaw/pitch/speed/afterburner etc.) via a mouse driven menu ? Like Crew Management orders and things ? ... - Without having to actually go into separate management screens? (So for example - readying all fighter craft for a patrol and sending them on a standard patrol pattern around your ship straight from the flight screen?)

prolly a weird question .. maybe the game is already complete different from Universal Combat Free Version ...
 
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