Would Pirates Have Bought Crysis?

Edge Online has some quotes from Harald Seeley taken from an upcoming interview with the Engine Business Manager at Crytek about controversial remarks by Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli about the dire impact of PC piracy on sales of Crysis (story). Harald concedes that not everyone who pirated their first-person shooter would have bought it, but he thinks there is an argument to be made that those still playing the game and downloading patches (they apparently still have more active users than unit sales) could be considered lost customers: "I think we can safely say if they were still playing the game by the time our latest patch released, and if they were playing on a pirated copy, then they were a sale that didn’t happen but probably would have had it not been possible to obtain the game illegally." He also makes observations about DRM, saying: "For example, the consoles themselves are, in one sense, simply very good DRM technologies that consumers welcome and pay for, in order to receive the benefits that come with them…"
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Aug 29, 2008, 21:24
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Blame piracy all you want, the fact is that most PCs could'nt even run the damn game at an acceptable framerate, and I would guess the a lot of those downloading the patches or trying out the game are just benchmarking their pc and should not be counted as a lost sale. Some of them might even want to see if there is some magical patch that suddenly makes the game playable on a normal-level pc so they can go out an buy it.. assuming the game got rid of any copy restriction technologies infecting the title..

Anyone who still believes in Digital RESTRICTION Management technologies should be put in an lunatic asylum, or in the very least called a fucking moron and put in the corner of shame, with the funny hat on for good measure.



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If they wanted to make a benchmarking tool for PCs they should'nt have slapped a 70$ price tag on it and infected it with copy restriction malware.

In addition, a few probably bought a lot of new hardware to run the damn game, including some pirates.. so maybe Nvidia and AtI, whoever you partnered with to create this monstrosity should give them a little 'cut' of their profits for helping them sell 3D Toasters.
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