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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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41. Re: Op Ed Jan 11, 2012, 20:38 Doombringer
 
Something needs to be done, that I agree with.

Right now, you are looking at developers who begin to greatly prefer console development not simply for the ease of development or expanding their market... but because the pirating scene is far less prevalent (but not entirely absent) with consoles compared to PC games.

This leads to a general decline in feature-rich PC gaming, as games become "simplified" (dumbed down) for console controller interfaces and the sort of "pick up, put down" gameplay associated with switching on a console for a quick game. Games may also be console-exclusives, eschewing the pirate-rich PC market altogether if devs/publishers feel the profit won't outweigh the piracy.

And really, pirates are scum. Devs work hard to create these games, and pirates literally pluck the profits from their pockets with each hack and torrent they release. I really don't blame any developer for saying "persistent internet connection or no-go" at this point. It's become a matter of protecting their investment (triple-A game titles require a great deal of time, money and manpower to produce).
 
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