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Op Ed

GamePro - The Cost of Piracy. Thanks Mike Martinez.
Indeed, while it may not always be the case for every new video game, it's hard to imagine that piracy does not result in a significant loss of revenue. Infinity Ward's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, which has recorded over 10 million copies sold, has been the target of piracy on the PC. In an online post, Infinity Ward Creative Strategist Robert Bowling ironically muses, "They wonder why people don't make PC games anymore." Bowling writes that while the number of PC gamers playing the last Call of Duty game was "fantastic," what wasn't fantastic was "the percentage of those numbers who were playing on stolen copies of the game." Piracy tends to be more rampant with PC games, and thus the platform serves as a cautionary tale for the rest of the industry.

Ars Technica - Why lack of StarCraft 2 LAN play still matters.
We'll see how many of those people break down and buy the game for the single-player campaign. What's clear is that a large part of gaming's past is being deemphasized. This story isn't over, but for now, LAN gamers are going to angrily shake our canes at the younger gamers and even—amazingly!—Blizzard, the company that used to be so welcome to frolic on our lawn.

BitMob - Badvertising: The Art of Abusive Marketing.
Both Blur and Saints Row 2 openly attack the games posing a threat to them. In both instances, the games they poke fun at happen to be obvious inspirations for their respective creation. Without the success of Mario Kart's power-up racing, Blur would likely have been a very different game. Without Grand Theft Auto, the similar Saints Row probably wouldn't exist. These commercials shouldn't be insulting their origins. They should be acknowledging them -- beyond saying "look how terrible this is" -- or simply ignoring them.

30. Re: Op Ed Jul 31, 2010, 20:58 ventry
If you want to make money with PC games, accept piracy. You cannot have the one without the other. And surprisingly enough, you CAN make a lot of money with PC games. Ask Blizzard, ask Valve. Every single one of their games is being pirated back and forth and they make millions, because people see worth in these games and therefore pay for them. Make your games worth enough in the eyes of the customer and he will pay. The customer matters. Nothing else.

Couldn't have said it better.
Piracy has been around since the before the Commodore 64 days.
Game devs were making good money back then and they make BETTER money now.
The piracy debate from the devs side is nothing but GREED.
If they make thousands they want to make tens of thousands.
If they make tens of thousands they want to make hundreds thousands.
If they make hundreds of thousands they want to make millions.
Etc. Etc.
Nothing but corporate greed. Whatever they make will NEVER be enough.
The MPAA bitches about piracy yet the movie industry can afford to pay Daniel Radcliffe 50 MILLION for the new Harry Potter movie. Imagine how much better their bottom line would be if everyone who earns more than 3 million on a particular movie took a 50% pay cut.
That includes the "fat cat" suits at the top of the movie industry.
I could share 50 million around my direct family and closest friends and we would ALL live financially comfortable for the rest of our lives.
Sorry got side tracked.
The bottom line is GREED.
They (the devs) are mostly well off but, it's never enough.
How many Ferrari's does John Carmack own yet Quake (and others) was pirated to hell and back.
nuff said.
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