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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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52. Re: Quote of the  Day May 19, 2011, 06:05 DukeFNukem
 
To the bozo who is crying "troll". I'll let my posts speak for themselves as to whether or not Im trolling. Im expressing my opinions about a subject I have a strong opinion on. In fact, I could just as easily accuse you of 'trolling' by insinuating Im a troll. My arguments are logical and well stated.

To the other poster:
And as I said already in this thread. The developer never gets paid if I want a game and never purchase it because of high prices. In essence, having the same effect as piracy, right? So I have the same effects on a developer as a blatant pirate if I simply do not buy his software. Should I be prosecuted for not buying the game? No money in the developers pocket. Why even make silly statements like "second-hand sales have the same effects as piracy". Yeah, and how does it strengthen the argument to stop second hand sales? It just confuses the real points to be made.

Of course I wouldn't argue that a game that has been out 2-days on the retail market has lost any resell value at that point, other than the fact that the material CD or cartridge has a slight wear'n'tear. All that is irrelevant. What makes software better than almost any other used good?

Im curious if anyone defending the developers on this has the same perspective when it comes to the movie industry. It only takes 2 hours to watch a new movie release and then sell it on EBay. Why don't we just make it illegal in the United States of America to sell anything used(besides automobiles of course because thats 'eco friendly'? Would that make the developers happy? Why don't we make it illegal to rent movies. Every $4 rental at BlockBuster is a lost 'new' sale to another person, right? Why don't we make it illegal to rent a DVD and invite friends over? Because everyone who watches that $4 rental is a criminal, thats a lost sale, right? And of course, it should be illegal to show UFC PPV fights in public bars right? God only knows how many lost sales occur as a result of that. People have to be reasonable about their expectations of what can and cannot be done in the laws of the physical universe. There are some aspects of life you just cannot control and if you attempt to do so you look stupid.

If I buy a $60 XBOX 360 game and finish it two hours later and sell it back to a GAMESTOP the same day I bought it then I no longer have the game. I can never play the game again. People pay good money for games. If they want to play them over and over then the buy them. if they want to play them a few times or just once they rent. The did it legally, they paid a price however small it is. The developer sold one unique license in the physical universe for $60 and his ass did it willingly. And there is only one physical copy of that game that is playable at a given time in the universe. The developer agreed to that. Well, of course we see that changing now days with stupid ideas like putting a limit on the number of installs on a machine. That doesn't stop pirates, it infuriates people who purchase their software legally.

I guess my advice to the developers complaining about second-hand game sales is you can keep bitching and whining about it or you can say, "This is the world we live in, what can I do differently to maximize my profit margins that is reasonable." The keyword is reasonable expectations.

I think people get greedy and their expectations start to become unrealistic.


This comment was edited on May 19, 2011, 06:35.
 
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