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Avalanche on Piracy, DRM, and Ports

Computer and Video Games has some thoughts on piracy and DRM from Christofer Sundberg, founder of Swedish developer Avalanche Studios. He admits piracy is as worrisome to them as it is to all other developers, but that 50% of his employees come from hacking background. He also once again explains his distain for DRM. "The DRM does not stop piracy," he said, "it just punishes the people who have actually paid for the game. It's completely useless. Forcing people to be online all the time and so on doesn't show respect to the people who actually buy PC games." To some degree he also blames PC piracy on bad PC games and console ports, saying: "I think piracy wouldn't be as much of an issue if there were better PC games out there. We could just scrap the whole concept of stupid DRM." Here's more:

I've always been of the opinion that we should design PC games for the PC players. PC players and console players are completely two different types of consumer. It's always unfair to not design the game for the consumer you're targeting. The PC version is always a second thought [for publishers], like: 'Oh, and we need a PC version too.'

You end up just doing a port, so there's not a lot of time, budget or creative thinking going into using the PC. I think that's quite sad. We [as an industry] should take the PC platform more seriously. Everyone is just complaining about piracy on the PC, but when it comes to in-game DLC or social connectivity, the options on PC compared to console are endless. I would like at some point to do a really good PC game designed specifically for PC players.

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20. Re: Avalanche on Piracy, DRM, and Ports Mar 26, 2011, 23:46 Slashman
 
Hump wrote on Mar 26, 2011, 23:02:
Much of the PC-vs-Console bullshit would be gone if MS would simply stop its fucking moronic ban on mouse/keyboard control scheme for the 360.

I honestly doubt that. Mouse and keyboard controls are not the main problem with Console-to-PC ports. Its all the other stuff that PC gamers don't get, which are integral to creating a good PC gaming experience.

Using Just Cause 2 again as an example, take a look at all the graphical options included with the game. Including properly implemented V-sync and Triple buffering support(true they patched this in a bit after launch). Also...the fact that the controls feel and perform just fine regardless of if you are using a controller or keyboard and mouse(all fully mappable). The fact that the game is modable, along with it running very well even on medium spec systems(which is incredible considering that the game looks so great).

This game did not make me feel like I do when playing most console ports. I just felt like I was playing a fun game on the platform of my choice, period. Hell...the menus didn't even have that consoly feel.

So back to your point, mouse and keyboard controls for consoles would not solve the console-vs-PC problem.

The console-to-PC port problem stems from publishers/developers essentially making PCs an afterthought. That, in itself, isn't what really annoys me though. Its when they turn around and expect stellar sales from the same customers they only see out of their peripheral vision.
 
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