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Op Ed

GameFront - SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem?
Game publishers are caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to battling piracy. If they do nothing, they are essentially ceding a good portion of their sales to pirates who have no intention of ever paying them a dime. If they institute a simple DRM scheme to try and protect their games, some gamers will get annoyed and others will get to work breaking the protection within days or even hours, making it worthless. If they institute a strong DRM scheme, such as Ubisoftís recent efforts to require a persistent Internet connection to constantly confirm the validity of a played game, it ends up negatively impacting a good many legitimate customers and also cause the esteemed, self-appointed ďInternet Representatives of GamingĒ to go into a collective hissy fit so large that it ends up costing more sales than it saves.

Raph Koster - Improving F2P. Thanks Ant via Boing Boing.
The thing to understand about the free-to-play market, and its best developers, is that F2P developers treat everything as science. Everything is subject to analysis, and everything is subject to proof, and the business process is about seeking what works. If what works happens to also be an original, innovative, interesting design that meets a checklist set of criteria for being art, well, all the better. But really, itís about what works.

We have to be honest with ourselves. There is an awful lot of stuff that we have cherished for a long time in the games business which turns out not to work. Sometimes it takes us years to shed the scales from our eyes about the fact that hoary conventions of yore are just that ó conventions, mutable and open to change.

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37. Re: Op Ed Jan 11, 2012, 18:24 theyarecomingforyou
 
Bodolza wrote on Jan 11, 2012, 15:37:
Society as a whole is generally OK with piracy right now, and a good deal of that attitude has to do with the adversarial posture that publishers have taken.
People are okay with the idea of taking for free what they would have otherwise had to pay for? Shocker. But just because something is commonplace does not meant that it is right, moral or justifiable.

Bodolza wrote on Jan 11, 2012, 15:37:
IMO, competitive pricing and availability in combination with social pressure against piracy is the best route.
That has never been in dispute. Steam has undoubtedly increased the number of people paying for PC games, in large part due to the sales and the convenience of the experience. And there is no doubt that the use of DRM and suing those people that pirate software have been counter-productive to stimulating demand. But we have seen a deliberate demonisation of copyright agencies and media producers, which gives people a justification for their piracy - "I would have bought it but they're ripping people off", "they are screwing over the artists/developers, so why should I support them?", "I can't afford it due to the economy", etc. There is no doubt they handled it badly but morally and legally the publishers are in the right to protect their property from illegal usage, so such a demonisation is very manipulative.

Creston wrote on Jan 11, 2012, 16:37:
And it fucking SHOULD be. The games industry is the only industry in the world that tries to prohibit family use of their product.
And Apple's iPad should support Flash. But it doesn't. You can't just pirate things because you believe it SHOULD be like that. You change things by supporting publishers that DO allow it. But I think you're slightly confused in your point. PC games don't stop other family members using them - a Steam account can be used by anyone, even on different computers. Just consider a magazine or a board game, for instance - anyone in the family use them but there is only one copy; they don't give you extra copies for free simply because you live with other people. In that respect gaming is EXACTLY THE SAME as every other industry.

The only difference, which I think you're referring to, relates to the ability to transfer ownership. But some digital distribution sites - like GreenManGaming - offer resale functionality. The problem with allowing you to freely transfer ownership is that, unlike physical products, a game could be shared amongst hundreds of people with a single copy. Allowing that would make the product unprofitable and then NOBODY would be able to use it.

Creston wrote on Jan 11, 2012, 16:37:
Yeah. And IF pigeons shat gold nuggets, we'd all be fucking rich and each of us would buy 20000000000000000000 games a year!
My point wasn't that piracy could be eliminated but that eliminating it would result in increased sales. It's a hypothetical scenario. I fully accept that that's not the reality and that publishers need to respond to the marketplace realities. That means early sales while a product is still perceived to have value (as we've seen with Steam); greater convenience (quicker to purchase and download that pirate, auto-updating); added value (social features, free DLC, decent post-release support). DRM is counterproductive. Suing people generates a lot of badwill. When everybody can pirate a game with minimal effort you have to create a product that makes people want to support the developer.

I'm not sure why my posts warranted such hostility. I'm not even sure we're actually disagreeing on anything.
 
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  64. Jan 12, 18:48       Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem Creston
  67. Jan 12, 20:17        Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem jdreyer
  61. Jan 12, 16:24      Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem theyarecomingforyou
  65. Jan 12, 18:53       Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem Creston
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  4. Jan 11, 10:36 Re: Op Ed theyarecomingforyou
  8. Jan 11, 10:51  Re: Op Ed Kajetan
  9. Jan 11, 11:13   gjbloom@yahoo.com ColBlister
  10. Jan 11, 11:15   Re: Op Ed Matshock
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  49. Jan 12, 00:39   Re: Op Ed PHJF
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  20. Jan 11, 12:42    Re: Op Ed theyarecomingforyou
  21. Jan 11, 12:47     Re: Op Ed Bodolza
  23. Jan 11, 14:30      Re: Op Ed Ruffiana
  24. Jan 11, 14:37       Re: Op Ed PHJF
  26. Jan 11, 14:54       Re: Op Ed Bodolza
  31. Jan 11, 15:43        Re: Op Ed jdreyer
  34. Jan 11, 16:26         Re: Op Ed WarpCrow
  36. Jan 11, 17:53         Re: Op Ed FloorPie
  29. Jan 11, 15:14      Re: Op Ed theyarecomingforyou
  30. Jan 11, 15:37       Re: Op Ed Bodolza
>> 37. Jan 11, 18:24        Re: Op Ed theyarecomingforyou
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  55. Jan 12, 13:31         Re: Op Ed Creston
  63. Jan 12, 16:46          Re: Op Ed theyarecomingforyou
  35. Jan 11, 16:37     Re: Op Ed Creston
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