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PC Super Street Fighter IV in Doubt Due to Piracy

4Gamer.net interviews Street Fighter series producer Yoshinori Ono in the site's native Japanese on the upcoming release of Super Street Fighter IV. Though Ono-san recently indicated they are still considering a PC edition of the upgraded fighting game, his answers now indicate severe doubts about a PC release. A Google translation of the interview is headache-inducing, but andriasang.com offers a more sensible interpretation of his comments, which say the PC edition will probably not be released due to piracy, in spite of the fact that a PC edition is basically complete, since that is the version found in arcades. He does say they will reconsider if they can come up with a proper way to combat illegal copies, though he rules out an exclusive release through Steam because that would be unfair to those unable to use the service. Thanks joao.

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52. Re: PC Super Street Fighter IV in Doubt Due to Piracy Sep 22, 2010, 03:09 Prez
 
Beamer wrote on Sep 22, 2010, 00:55:
No one in their right mind would turn down automatic cash for virtually no work. What QA is needed? It is already stated that the arcade version is running on standard PC hardware

Not exactly. What's "standard PC hardware?"

For all we know it's one CPU, one GPU, one motherboard, one sound device, one set of drivers for all of the above, one resolution, one set of graphics options, etc.
It needs to be tested to make certain it works with AMD and Intel, with nVidia and ATI, with the combinations between, with lower and and higher end, with outdated drivers, etc.


I mean to say, that if it works with one set of off the shelf PC parts, whatever they are, isn't it reasonable to expect that the work to make it work on others given the unified architecture (not sure if that's the right term) of PC parts nowadays would be minimal? I remember the good old days when buying a new game meant at the very least re-configuring your system settings to make the game work, memory allocation, sound card setup, the works. Then spending more time figuring out which part in your PC wasn't playing nice with the game code. Compare that with today - I can't remember the last time I bought games to install on all the computers in my home LAN (all self-built that run the entire gamut of PC hardware and software) and it didn't just work. I'm so good with computers because to be a gamer way back when, you needed to be. Not so anymore. My 10 year old just installed Global Agenda and Battlefield Bad Company 2 by herself this week. The computer parts today play very nicely together today by comparison. I can't believe this would be that big of a job for talented designers.

elefunk wrote on Sep 22, 2010, 03:06:
They say right in the article that the game sold well. A game doesn't "sell well" but in the end fail to return a profit.

This is the mindset of a petulant child. They don't care about profits. They care about attacking pirates who never would buy the game in any situation anyway.


They care more about lowering piracy than they care about essentially making free money by making a game available to ready and willing customers who want to plunk down money in a second's notice.

At the risk of being called ignorant and naive again, I completely agree with every point.
 
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