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On Piracy and Prices

One question that often gets raised in debates over the touchy topic of piracy is the impact of game pricing on the situation. Now VideoGamer.com has quotes from Miles Jacobson, as the studio director at Sports Interactive chimes in on the topic, saying he's not sure there's a cure for piracy, but that he feels it leads to higher prices, not vice versa: "I don't know whether there is a proper cure for piracy without a change in society, to be honest," going on to say: "I don't think it will ever be fixed and it is a shame because the price of games would go down if the issue was fixed and we'd be able to have more people working on the titles." He also discusses estimates of piracy rate that go as high as 90%, saying, "So 90 per cent could actually be quite low," and touches on the authentication issues that hit Football Manager 2009, saying the problem was cleared up relatively quickly. He also states they do not have much choice but to use DRM: "There needs to be some kind of copy protection in your product otherwise retail aren't going to stock your product, so we do have to take some measures."

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14. Re: On Piracy and Prices Jan 20, 2009, 10:43 Lord Tea
 
wow! The thoughts and views of Mr. Jacobson are shockingly limited. Obviously, this man has NEVER had to deal with a DRM infested game himself. A little hint for you Mr. Jacobson: LOWER the prices and hands OFF of DRM....

This comment was edited on Jan 20, 2009, 23:38.
 
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