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Galactic Civilizations II versus the Space Pirates

An update to the Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords Website clarifies to Digg the illogic of their inference that Stardock wants Galactic Civilizations II pirated based on the decision to not include copy protection. They also bring to light a rather startling bit of tit-for-tat over all this on the GalCiv2 forums:

For example, we were quite disturbed to discover that the company that makes Starforce provided a working URL to a list of pirated GalCiv II torrents. I'm not sure whether what they did was illegal or not, but it's troubling nevertheless and was totally unnecessary.

All software is pirated, there's no way around it. We've been making software for over 10 years. We don't like our software being pirated. Like I said, every lost sales has an impact on us. But there are other ways to reduce it than through draconian copy protection systems.

Incidentally, the site that Starforce's forum admin linked to "prove" how much our software was being pirated we visited, followed the instructions on the site to get our game removed and the links were removed within a couple of hours. We'll continue to follow-up with them.

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79. Re: No subject Mar 13, 2006, 13:59 Prez
 
...why the hell should I give a damn about Starforce?

If you have had no problems, then of course you would have no reason to. I can't say for sure, but I have noticed that after every gaming session with a SF-protected game, if I don't run the SF driver removal tool, I experience lock-ups, crashes and stutters. Now, I have absolutely no way of knowing that these are indeed SF-related. But the problems seem to go away with driver removal and reboot.

The point is, people aren't going to like something that is cryptic, mysterious, and installed secretly, capable of doing God-knows-what without your knowing it. Maybe the drivers won't do anything... but how would you know?

Ultimately, like it or not, the SF people do not care about gamers' opinions -they don't have to. Their customers are developers, not gamers. Being mad at the SF people makes little sense. It is the developers' decision to foist this crapware on the consumer.

Of course, even if enough people DO stay away from the product because of SF to make the developer and or publisher notice, there is no guarantee that the thick-headed dev's and publishers would actually get the message. More likely, it would be interpreted as just another sign that PC gaming is dead, and future releases will suffer as a result.

Anyway you slice it, SF is terrible for gaming and gamers.


 
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