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283. Re: @Jerykk May 8, 2008, 21:26 Tigger
So stick that in your fucking pipe and smoke it. Dickheads like you are what ruin PC gaming, not pirates. Fuck off.

First, I'm sorry that you feel that way. I don't think you really need to write such filth, but if you feel like thats the best way to express yourself, then OK.

Second, I don't develop games, I develop business software. If YOUR job, house, car payment, health insurance depended on whether people buy your software, you might feel differently. I suspect that most of the people that work in software development understand the position EA has taken, even if they don't agree with it.

Third, the writing is on the wall. 'People like me' aren't killing PC gaming, low sales is killing PC sales. What I haven't seen is any really good *supported* analysis that shows that customer dissatisfaction is the reason why PC gaming isn't doing quite as well as it used to do.

Fourth, all of this said, I wish there was a better solution and I wish people were honest. The sad reality is that quite a few people posting in this thread HAVE stolen software (including myself). I know this makes me a hypocrite, but working in the industry has changed my view on it - so I went from an attitude like yours to an understanding of why software companies do this. Are all people thieves, certainly not. What you are seeing here with EA's decision to force activation in this way is a company first and foremost,to make money and secondly, try to prevent the dishonest people from stealing from them. This ruins the fun for everyone else - but thats the way it is. Maybe if more people bought software way back in the beginning, we wouldn't be where we are today.

Last, at the end, fighting piracy is not a winnable battle. Even when a company owns the platform (Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo), there are always loopholes to be exploited. I had a good teacher in college a number of years ago who said something to the effect of "If it was designed by a human, a human will eventually figure out how to crack it."

Vic Fontaine for President
Edit: Spelling and grammer
This comment was edited on May 8, 23:20.
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