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On Take On Helicopters DRM; Demo Plans

A post on the Bohemia Interactive Forums asks for help with a problem causing a watery image degradation in Take On Helicopters, Bohemia's new flight simulator. As it turns out this can be the result of using a pirated edition of the game, as Bohemia explains this comes from their "unique anti-piracy countermeasures," also noting a demo for the game is in the works. Here's word:

Bohemia Interactive deploys various antipiracy countermeasures in its titles and Take On Helicopters is no exception, some users have reported morphed/watery image degradation (see http://forums.bistudio.com/showthread.php?t=126991 ). The original version of Take On Helicopters does not suffer from this degradation of visual quality. Piracy is a big problem for Bohemia Interactive, as an independent PC developer, and we're trying to focus our support as much as possible towards users of legitimate copies. Counterfeit copies of our games may degrade and, moral aspects aside, we certainly recommend only playing the original version. We have a free public demo version of Take On Helicopters in the development pipeline for those that prefer to test it before buying.

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53. Re: On Take On Helicopters DRM; Demo Plans Nov 10, 2011, 15:23 Verno
 
Or, you can read this thread on blues where a user had experience with their games DRM giving them problems as legit customers. Again, just because YOUR experience is different, it doesn't invalidate all others.

I've always been a fan of more practical DRM. The kind that turns your pirated release effectively into a demo and potentially into some sales is probably a better idea than goading users onto a forum where you can mock them and ensure they will never become a customer. Many indies upload their own games to torrent trackers, they're effectively demo builds designed to get eyeballs. That's a very smart way of handling it, the game will be cracked no matter what and you might as well get the potential to make money out of it.
 
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