Quoteworthy - Paradox on DRM

"No one should have to purchase a product that they’re unable to install because of the DRM. There might be other reasons, like the compatibility isn’t correct, or whatever. But people who purchase a game should have just as easy a time as those who pirate the game, otherwise it’s a negative incentive to buy a legal copy. And I just can’t see why people are using DRM still. If you take something like Sony’s DRM, SecuROM -- it’s a waste of money," says Paradox CEO Fred Wester. "It will keep you protected for three days, it will create a lot of technical support, and it will not increase sales. And I know this for a fact, because we tried it eight years ago, and it never worked for us. Two major reasons: it costs money and it makes you lose money, and the other is that it’s so inconvenient to customers."
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SimplyMonk wrote on Jan 25, 2012, 15:42:
It doesn't matter. Without region locking, those products wouldn't be sold in those regions. It's not like the publishers would be willing to drop their worldwide MSRP by $50 just so they can sell a game in the Philippines for $10. Getting rid of region locking 100% screws poor regions and gains you squat. You wouldn't be able to buy the game in a cheaper region because the publisher wouldn't sell it there.

Then they need to manage the shity DRM better so they don't hurt customers that are willing to pay more than retail cost for the game!

1. There's no reason to put region locking on us/uk versions of the game at all as those regions are the most expensive. If someone from Russia wants to buy the UK version for $50 more than what's in Russia, then he should fuckin be able to.

2. If they want to dick the Asian/Russian market with that DRM, then make it so if someone actually does buy that version and gets screwed with it, then give them their money back or give them a option to be able to get the correct edition. At least paradox gave me that option which I am happy for, rather than pull the typical Bobby Cocktick "I got your money fuck you" response.

It's perfectly legitimate, and should be allowed, if someone in the USA visits Russia, walks into a shop and sees Stalker Clear Sky Russian CE (yes the one that has the lighter and the swag in it) and buys it for $80. They should be able to play it back in the USA.
It is also legitimate and should be allowed for someone to go to the UK, or go to game.co.uk, buy that awesome deus ex HR CE that's only available to the UK, and take it to the USA and be able to play it.
(I know deus ex CE doesn't have it, thanks to outcry from the deus ex community, but im just proving a point here.)


Don't hurt customers who are willing to pay you above the market price for your game idiots! Yes there's a few of us collectors out there that's willing to do this.
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