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"Piracy these days on PC is probably less problematic than second-hand sales on the Xbox," says lead Fable III combat designer Mike West. "I've been working on PC games for many years and piracy is always a problem. There are a lot of honest people out there as well, and if they like your game they'll buy it." Thanks joao.

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19. Re: Quote of the  Day May 18, 2011, 14:15 Creston
 
Verno wrote on May 18, 2011, 13:28:
What you're proposing would literally destroy the industry if they tried it now. There is a huge amount of entrenched retail competition that the industry depends on to survive in the first place and the industry can't very well price itself out of business either.

It was an example taken to an extreme for the sake of argument. As if Gamestop is going to drop its prices from 55 for a used copy to 15 dollars overnight. They'd drop it to 53 and offer 2 bucks more for a trade-in, at most. So then if you, as a publisher, offer that used copy for 49 bucks, that's a pretty attractive price point. Especially since you've ALREADY made all your profits off of it (in the initial sale), as opposed to Gamestop who might have lost 25 dollars so far, since the copy they buy used might not have been sold through them to begin with.

NOT doing anything is never going to get rid of Gamestop and its used sales. Becoming competition to Gamestop might at least mitigate its (stupidly overblown) "damages" to the industry as a whole.

As for the entrenched retail "competition", what competition? They all have the same price on new games, barring 1 or 2 bucks. That's like saying all the gas companies and gas stations are in competition with each other, when everyone knows it's simply a price-fixed cartel.


I get what you mean about the industry whining, I really do. As if some guy who crapped out the turd that is Fable III deserves sympathy in the first place. There are a lot of honest, hardworking people in the gaming industry who care very much about consumers however, it isn't all Bobby Kotick and whiners.

Oh, the Indies do, and I'm sure some of the devs still do. Unfortunately, those devs are also the ones that inevitably sell their company to some fucked up place like EA, knowing full well that their passion for making games will get turned into churning out safe, soulless clone after clone after clone of whatever is currently making money.

Those aren't the kind of guys I feel sorry for.

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