Nice article only dissapointed that he didn't mention that most pirates will instead of pirating actually buy from small companies who don't use cd-protection on principle and pirate games from companies like EA. So actually having no "protection" on your software lessens the effect of pirates on your sales. I know I will never buy games like spore now that I know of the 3 times per use crap even though I do have respect for maxis, sad really .
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I swear this thread has already been on this forum, just under a different link. Anyway, what do I care.
I don't think that simply because a game has CD protection, it gets pirated. You have to look at how good it is and whether or not the casual gamer will like it (the person who does like games, but doesn't know enough about the internet to just go to a torrent). Annoying CD protection is shit, but it isn't likely to inspire a load of people to simply download it instead of buying it.
it's the stuff that isn't good enough to pay money for that gets pirated the most. a friend of mine *cough* will usually buy anything he really wants, but if it isn't worth the money he'll just download it. i would imagine it's the same way with a lot of people, although i know some people who just don't think anything is worth the money if you can get it free.
Doesn't Spore have some insane protection that will only inconvinience people who pay for it? I've bought games and then bypassed copy protection because it is a pain in the ass. If I have to do the same for Spore I will probably just avoid it.
I was looking forward to it too.