On Piracy and Prices

One question that often gets raised in debates over the touchy topic of piracy is the impact of game pricing on the situation. Now VideoGamer.com has quotes from Miles Jacobson, as the studio director at Sports Interactive chimes in on the topic, saying he's not sure there's a cure for piracy, but that he feels it leads to higher prices, not vice versa: "I don't know whether there is a proper cure for piracy without a change in society, to be honest," going on to say: "I don't think it will ever be fixed and it is a shame because the price of games would go down if the issue was fixed and we'd be able to have more people working on the titles." He also discusses estimates of piracy rate that go as high as 90%, saying, "So 90 per cent could actually be quite low," and touches on the authentication issues that hit Football Manager 2009, saying the problem was cleared up relatively quickly. He also states they do not have much choice but to use DRM: "There needs to be some kind of copy protection in your product otherwise retail aren't going to stock your product, so we do have to take some measures."
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Miles Jacobson is an idiot. Companies will always charge what they think people are willing to pay. Norton Antivirus 2003 was the same price of Norton Antivirus 2004, yet the 2004 version brought in a registration code system and Internet activation. Console games charge more than their PC counterparts, yet piracy on the PC is way higher than consoles.

Look at the pricing of the Xbox Originals - original Xbox 1 games that are a turned into a digital download and have ZERO piracy. They honestly expect you to pay $20 for a game you can buy used on a disc for $5-$10. Not only are the prices terrible, you loose the benefits of physically owning the disc, case, and usually the manual - that being you can lend it to a friend or sell it when you're done. Which offers the better value?

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