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Op Ed If You Want To Fight Piracy, Make Better Games. Thanks nin.
Ubisoftís plan isnít working. Even after taking these drastic steps, the company says that 90 percent of the people who play its games are playing them illegally, according to Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter.

But how many people only used piracy as a way to bypass the DRM? How many of those pirates might have purchased PC copies of games like Assassinís Creed II if they could be played without an internet connection?

9. Re: Op Ed Oct 26, 2011, 15:08 Draugr
what's so funny is that article that they reference pachters "90%" they also have this statement

"We looked at quantifying what the real losses are," says Christian Svensson of the PC Gaming Alliance and Capcom, "and it's incredibly hard to do, because you end up having to do a set of cascading assumptions that you have no real ability to validate in any meaningful away."

Which basically proves hes just talking out of his ass. Certainly piracy is an issue but for him to pretend like he can quanitify it is disingenuous at best. Are we really going to pretend that of the 4.5 million copies of starcraft 2 sold they really missed out on around 45 million sales? If that sounds absurd, it's because it is.
If pachter didn't basically potray himself as a shill for MS, and wasn't so anti-PC gaming he might have a leg to stand on, but every time he gets the chance he basically pretend like PC's are the red headed step child of gaming so his opinion on the matter really doesn't mean much to me. Why wouldnt they ask someone who was actually involved in the industry as opposed to someone who just bags on it whenever he is asked his opinion (which is wrong most of the time)

They did ask securom too, but that's like asking McDonald's about health concerns with fast food. They have a horse in the race, and they certainly aren't going to do themselves any favors by not pretending the issue isn't of epidemic proportions. I think it is obvious that if things were as bad as they say then the PC gaming market wouldn't exist. At least for this op-ed piece they actually ask someone about it who involved in developing and publishing in the industry (gabe,) not some jackass with his crystal ball of failure and some company whose existence is reliant on piracy being a huge issue.

edit: According to this article, SC2 was pirated of 2.1 million times...
While I'm sure its not entirely accurate, but at least there are some numbers involved instead of throwing things at a dart board. Looking at it I don't know how it works out to 90% of 45 million, but I'm sure pachter is willing to show his maths and methodology for how he came up with that 90% figure. oh, we also need to pretend those 2.1 million were all going to be sales if piracy wasn't an option, and that they were all downloaded by unique individuals!

This comment was edited on Oct 26, 2011, 15:47.
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