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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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39. Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem Jan 11, 2012, 19:49 Parallax Abstraction
 
Kajetan wrote on Jan 11, 2012, 09:50:
No. Because there is no actual problem. Only a percieved problem.

"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."

There is no proof that DRM increases sales, there is no proof that the lack of DRM decreases sales. For DECADES, since the early days of tapes and video cassettes the fear of loosing sales is based on assumptions, not actual, proven facts.

Cripes, lot of TechDirt readers here. While there is no proof that DRM increases sales, there is lots of proof of entitled douchebags who expect to be able to get whatever they want for free (so long as they don't have to look the person they're ripping off in the face of course) are stealing plenty of stuff they have no right to be playing. It is ridiculous to claim that no one who pirates a game wouldn't buy it if that was their only choice. This isn't stealing a loaf of bread to feed your starving family, this is a completely 100% optional entertainment product and if you're being asked to pay a price for it and don't want to then that's perfectly fine but it also means you don't get to play it. You don't get to have it both ways. Either pay the price being asked, wait for the price to get cheaper and if it doesn't, don't play. Much as many claim otherwise, the game makers owe you nothing when you give them nothing.

As I said in my comment on the story, the AAA industry is in free fall right now. Everyone who isn't Activision is bleeding to death, established studios can be taken out by one minor failed title and in the next generation, costs will only go up. Everyone who loses their job in the AAA industry is going into mobile and Facebook games because there's less risk and a lot less piracy so a lot lower barriers to success. All these AAA titles that we all enjoy so much, who do you think is going to keep making those if more and more people keep ripping them off? The Internet Entitlement Syndrome among the gaming community is unlike any other community anywhere. We all want new games and innovation but so many of us think they just fall out of the sky for free and that's simply how the world works. DRM is stupid, suing fans is stupid, the ways the industry is trying to fight this is largely stupid. But none of that means the pirates are right.
 
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  1. Jan 11, 09:50 Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem Kajetan
  2. Jan 11, 10:10  Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem nin
  44. Jan 11, 21:51   Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem Sepharo
  3. Jan 11, 10:12  Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem ldonyo
  13. Jan 11, 11:45  Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem PropheT
  16. Jan 11, 11:58   Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem Beamer
  27. Jan 11, 14:59    Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem jdreyer
>> 39. Jan 11, 19:49  Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem Parallax Abstraction
  40. Jan 11, 20:29   Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem Cutter
  42. Jan 11, 21:14    Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem theyarecomingforyou
  46. Jan 11, 23:18     Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem Bhruic
  45. Jan 11, 22:11    Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem Lokust
  52. Jan 12, 05:09     Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem FloorPie
  56. Jan 12, 13:33     Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem Creston
  57. Jan 12, 15:34      Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem Beamer
  59. Jan 12, 15:45       Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem jdreyer
  60. Jan 12, 15:52        Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem nin
  62. Jan 12, 16:30         Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem Beamer
  66. Jan 12, 19:40          Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem Prez
  68. Jan 12, 20:47           Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem Beamer
  69. Jan 12, 23:44          Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem Bhruic
  70. Jan 13, 02:24           Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem Jerykk
  71. Jan 13, 08:18            Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem Beamer
  73. Jan 14, 06:48             Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem Jerykk
  58. Jan 12, 15:44      Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem jdreyer
  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
  72. Jan 13, 14:59        Re: SOPA Isnít the Solution, But Can We At Least Agree Thereís A Problem theyarecomingforyou
  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
  11. Jan 11, 11:15   Re: Op Ed eRe4s3r
  12. Jan 11, 11:26    Re: Op Ed Kajetan
  14. Jan 11, 11:55     Re: Op Ed eRe4s3r
  25. Jan 11, 14:48    Re: Op Ed Ruffiana
  5. Jan 11, 10:46 Re: Op Ed Verno
  19. Jan 11, 12:35  Re: Op Ed theyarecomingforyou
  6. Jan 11, 10:47 Re: Op Ed Silicon Avatar
  22. Jan 11, 12:56  Re: Op Ed Cutter
  7. Jan 11, 10:48 Re: Op Ed Creston
  48. Jan 12, 00:00  Re: Op Ed Prez
  49. Jan 12, 00:39   Re: Op Ed PHJF
  50. Jan 12, 01:13    Re: Op Ed Jerykk
  51. Jan 12, 01:41     Re: Op Ed PHJF
  54. Jan 12, 12:25      Re: Op Ed Jerykk
  53. Jan 12, 12:20    Re: Op Ed Bhruic
  15. Jan 11, 11:57 Re: Op Ed space captain
  17. Jan 11, 12:07  Re: Op Ed eRe4s3r
  18. Jan 11, 12:26   Re: Op Ed Jerykk
  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
  38. Jan 11, 19:34         Re: Op Ed Cutter
  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
  28. Jan 11, 15:06    Re: Op Ed jdreyer
  33. Jan 11, 16:16    Re: Op Ed PropheT
  47. Jan 11, 23:20     Re: Op Ed Jerykk
  32. Jan 11, 15:47 Re: Op Ed avianflu
  41. Jan 11, 20:38 Re: Op Ed Doombringer
  43. Jan 11, 21:21  Re: Op Ed theyarecomingforyou


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