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4. Re: Op Ed Jul 14, 2009, 12:16 Jerykk
Indeed, pirates will only crack games they are interested in or which are popular.

Everything gets cracked, including niche and indie games. The big groups stick with the high profile releases while the small groups stick with the small releases. If you want to find a pirated game online, no matter how obscure, you can do it.

Also, finding cracks online is not as easy - or safe - as it used to be because some wankers are using fake cracks to spread botnets, malware, peddle p0rn etc.

The same applies to full releases, not just cracks. Whether or not you use DRM doesn't change the fact that people will put out fake releases filled with viruses and malware. Piracy has always been risky to the inexperienced and DRM doesn't change this a bit.

Let's be realistic here. You make niche, obscure games with basically no hype or marketing. If a pirate finds out about your games and then realizes that they aren't cracked, he's probably not going to say "OHNOES!!! I HAVE TO BUY IT NOW!!!" No, he'll just download something else. You're fooling yourself if you think DRM is necessary.
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