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Op Ed

The Armchair Empire - An Open Letter to Mike Morhaime.
Ubisoft may have set the precedent, but there is a rather different set of factors involved with Diablo III. The most obvious is that the community was not strictly locked into the PC as the platform for titles like Assassin's Creed II, and public comments in the past from Yves Guillemot and other executives at Ubisoft have expressed a strong desire to divest of themselves of any presence in the PC market. Blizzard does not have that degree of flexibility. The days of The Lost Vikings and Blackthorne are long gone. The PC is the only platform you have invested in, whether that's Windows or Mac, and there is no other place to go. For better or worse, you've tied yourself to a single platform, and forcing this scheme onto the community without the benefit of alternate platforms will not result in millions of fans falling in line like good little sheep to be fleeced. You may get some, but nowhere near what you were expecting. The rest will either forsake the game, and Blizzard by extension, or they will turn pirate.

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6. Re: Op Ed Aug 12, 2011, 11:54 Bhruic
 
It's interesting, while I've been a fairly outspoken opponent of the "always connected" concept, I have to say that I think this guy is overstating the impact that it's going to have on Diablo III sales. As well as overstating the abilities and motivation of pirates.

I think they'll get the number of sales they are expecting. I don't think they'll get as many as they potentially could, but it'll be a relatively high fraction. And I don't think it'll get cracked, at least not in the first year or so of operation - after that point cracking it would be technologically noteworthy, but the people who wanted to buy it will have bought it.

So while I hope that this open letter has some effect, I don't really have much faith in it accomplishing anything. Especially as the assumptions it's making don't seem grounded in reality.
 
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  1. Aug 12, 11:07 Re: Op Ed MajorD
  2. Aug 12, 11:14  Re: Op Ed Mist
  3. Aug 12, 11:29   Re: Op Ed Kajetan
  21. Aug 12, 12:36  Re: Op Ed Dagnamit
  4. Aug 12, 11:33 Re: Op Ed Verno
  5. Aug 12, 11:51  Re: Op Ed Dirwulf
>> 6. Aug 12, 11:54 Re: Op Ed Bhruic
  7. Aug 12, 12:00 Re: Op Ed Verno
  11. Aug 12, 12:16  Re: Op Ed Bhruic
  8. Aug 12, 12:04 Re: Op Ed Avecrien
  9. Aug 12, 12:07  Re: Op Ed Verno
  29. Aug 12, 13:54  Re: Op Ed Creston
  10. Aug 12, 12:07 Re: Op Ed Ruffiana
  12. Aug 12, 12:22  Re: Op Ed PropheT
  14. Aug 12, 12:22  Re: Op Ed Dirwulf
  18. Aug 12, 12:25   Re: Op Ed Bhruic
  19. Aug 12, 12:30    Re: Op Ed Dirwulf
  13. Aug 12, 12:22 Re: Op Ed Verno
  15. Aug 12, 12:24 Re: Op Ed Verno
  16. Aug 12, 12:24 Re: Op Ed avianflu
  17. Aug 12, 12:25 Re: Op Ed mag
  20. Aug 12, 12:32 Re: Op Ed Verno
  22. Aug 12, 12:37  Re: Op Ed Dirwulf
  23. Aug 12, 12:42   Re: Op Ed Verno
  24. Aug 12, 12:48   Re: Op Ed Bhruic
  25. Aug 12, 12:53 Re: Op Ed avianflu
  26. Aug 12, 13:13  Re: Op Ed ASeven
  28. Aug 12, 13:51   Re: Op Ed PHJF
  34. Aug 12, 14:38    Re: Op Ed ASeven
  30. Aug 12, 14:01  Re: Op Ed Beamer
  33. Aug 12, 14:21   Re: Op Ed Bhruic
  43. Aug 12, 18:26    Re: Op Ed MajorD
  46. Aug 12, 19:28     Re: Op Ed Bhruic
  47. Aug 12, 19:58      Re: Op Ed MajorD
  35. Aug 12, 14:49   Re: Op Ed avianflu
  37. Aug 12, 15:14    Re: Op Ed Creston
  42. Aug 12, 16:59    Re: Op Ed Beamer
  44. Aug 12, 18:41     Re: Op Ed Creston
  41. Aug 12, 16:38   Re: Op Ed Warskull
  27. Aug 12, 13:51 Re: Op Ed Creston
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  32. Aug 12, 14:20  Re: Op Ed Prez
  36. Aug 12, 15:12   Re: Op Ed Creston
  38. Aug 12, 15:24 Re: Op Ed avianflu
  39. Aug 12, 15:31  Re: Op Ed Prez
  40. Aug 12, 15:46   Re: Op Ed Bhruic
  45. Aug 12, 18:51 Re: Op Ed Cutter


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