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Offline CaptainJester

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« Posted 2010-09-17 14:16:39 »

http://notch.tumblr.com/post/1121596044/how-piracy-works

Also got a mention on Techdirt. http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100914/23242711017.shtml

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« Reply #1 - Posted 2010-09-17 14:47:28 »

I agree with you. The author is quite lucid.

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« Reply #2 - Posted 2010-09-17 23:23:50 »

It is nice to just not worry about piracy, and that is right for most indie developers. There isn't much more you can really do anyway. However, not all games can easily make use of online added value (SingSong). In this case I would (and did) opt for some simplistic mechanism to make piracy more difficult.

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« Reply #3 - Posted 2010-09-19 19:56:15 »

It is nice to just not worry about piracy, and that is right for most indie developers. There isn't much more you can really do anyway. However, not all games can easily make use of online added value (SingSong). In this case I would (and did) opt for some simplistic mechanism to make piracy more difficult.

It's more about a point of diminishing returns.  Beyond simple measures it just costs more than it is worth to put DRM in software.  The last example was Ubisoft puting in a DRM that would require you be online at all times to play.  Well their paying customers played the game less than the pirates since they had problems with the DRM server and clients on WiFi would be kicked off every time the connection cycled.  Meanwhile the DRM was broken within a week. 

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« Reply #4 - Posted 2010-09-21 18:07:02 »

Spore had an incredibly restrictive DRM and that was broken before the game was even released!

But, I ended up buying Spore after pirating it because I wanted access to the online creature community. This is a good example of what Markus was talking about - you give people incentive to pay and they will.

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