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Demigod & Piracy

There's a Demigod: Day 1 Status Report we missed between the day 0 update and the day 2 report with some details on how much piracy they saw after the street date was broken for Gas Powered Games' action/strategy game, which has no DRM protection (thanks GamesIndustry.biz). Some of the issues related to an influx of unauthorized users have been addressed, but the ratio of stolen to legitimate copies is pretty startling:

The system works pretty well if you have a few thousand people online at once. The system works…less well if there are tens of thousands of people online at once. And if there are over 100,000 people, well, you get horrific results such as the game being incredibly unresponsive due to simple web service calls that were considered pretty benign during the beta that suddenly start to bring down firewalls and such due to the sheer massive number of calls that are being made.

Sadly, most of the ~120,000 connections are not customers but via warez. About 18,000 are legitimate. So anyway, we spent a lot of time today trying to isolate out the warez users from the legitimate users (it would require a lot of surgery to actually break them and even if we did, there’d be no friendly “ha ha pirate” message which would result in people just saying the game is buggy). Mind you, the game makes relatively few server calls, it’s just the sheer number of people.

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44. Re: Demigod & Piracy Apr 17, 2009, 13:09 Paranoid Jack
 
"Way to go humanity, you continue to be as selfish and ignorant as I expect you to be."

I'm glad I wasn't the only one thinking those same thoughts.

Even with the sales model changing, less on disc DRM, more on-line verification, and authentication being used it's clear to see that the market has reached a new low point... when even WorstBuy has reduced their PC gaming section of their stores things are grim.

Hell, when I went into LameStop to reserve Alpha Protocol... not only were all the employees I've known for years gone but the PC shelves had been reduced to one side of a three and a half by three and a half foot rack. WTF? So much wall space was covered with redundant boxes for all the console titles they're pushing... it was just retarded. Those fucks even let go the thirty-ish female manager to replace her with some kid who doesn't even appear to be old enough to shave. I heard him bragging to a customer about how "his" store had the most sales in the area. Guess what? The manager you replaced was doing just as well... but she didn't call it her store. So much for sales numbers giving you some type of job security.

Oh, take a look at the PC game releases due this year. I can't remember such an abysmal offering. Scanning through the coming soon pages it appears most releases are the $30 straight to bargain bin games developed for casual gamers. Are those types of games still selling? Does Walmart sell enough of them to justify that a dozen are released every month?

So we're now left with the MMOs and a few PC only titles, games that don't/won't work on a console. Everything else is low budget or a console port. Yet people still say piracy isn't effecting the market and that piracy has always been there yet it didn't stop other games from reaching blockbuster sales.

There is no denying it. Piracy has grown beyond measure. When any twelve year old can get online and download movies/music/games before a paying customer can legally purchase those items the shit has gotten way out of hand. And then those same idiots that pirate these forms of media cry about how much they hate DRM. Get a clue.

I guess the digital distribution and online authentication model will take over far sooner than I thought. Way to go idiots.

This comment was edited on Apr 17, 2009, 13:24.
 
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