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43. Re: Steam From Dust Refunds Aug 24, 2011, 16:43 Creston
Ruffiana wrote on Aug 24, 2011, 13:39:

Common sense says if you lock something up, it's less likely to be stolen.

That same common sense would say that if you lock something up with a lock that simply doesn't work, it's not going to have a fuck's worth of effect.

Otherwise, you have no proof that it doesn't stop piracy, so your statement is an arguement from ignorance.

You sound like a toddler at a playground. "NO, YOU NEED TO PROVE IT FIRST!!!!!"

Unarguably, it probably does to some degree

Those two things contradict each other. And there's no probably about it, it most assuredly affects sales, because I refuse to buy From Dust solely and alone because of the DRM crap.

Now, are the piracy numbers that are being reduced through DRM (and that actually lead to would-be pirates going out and buying the game) enough to offset the lost sales? We don't really know. But seeing as how DRM rarely works (it's usually cracked before the game is even out), I'm going to say that, no, it doesn't.

I would argue that that's a smaller demographic than people who might be casual pirates.

It's possible. I think there's no such thing as a "casual pirate" anymore, however. If someone wants to pirate something, it literally takes 3 minutes to figure out how to do so. So the few utter Luddites who would have copied a game from a friend that are being thwarted by the DRM and then can't figure how to still get it for free anyways, are not very likely to offset the fairly widestream negative backlash that DRM has. Several thousand negative reviews on Amazon tend to get the word out fairly well.

but ultimately DRM is not there to help make more money through inconveniencing legitimate customers

I don't really give a flying frak if DRM is there to offer free blowjobs to the entire continental USA. The EFFECT of DRM is that all it fucking does is to inconvenience customers, all because dipshit investors think that it helps combat piracy.

it's a genuine concern for capital investmeent in an industry that needs a lot of capital to operate.

And it's a genuine fucking nuisance to legitimate customers, who are being declared pirates before they've even had the damn game in their hands.

Hey, to each their own. I refuse to buy games with bullshit DRM on them. The rest of the entire argument is just speculation on BOTH SIDES.

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