Game educates players on what happens when people pirate games

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Game educates players on what happens when people pirate games

Although we at BolehVPN are a big supporter of P2P, we always believe that good game developers should be rewarded and that their games should be bought! Gone are the days where digital distribution was not as widespread and games won’t be available via the legal channels. Now, as someone who is earning a decent income, it is only fair that I put my dollars to where I think they are deserving.

Game Dev Tycoon,  had an interesting way to educate players on this by sneaking into the pirated version of the game, a message:

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Slowly their in-game funds dwindle, and new games they create have a high chance to be pirated until their virtual game development company goes bankrupt.

In fact, the real life company that released this game showed that over 90% of people who played this game had pirated it!

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If you liked to read their official post on this, continue on here. I haven’t personally had the chance to try this game out but just maybe I’ll give it a go :D. Pretty ingenious marketing on their part!

3 Comments

  1. ZackleR says:

    LoLx, ill buy the game and download the pirate game for funz 😀

  2. Noodles says:

    It seems that content producers don’t understand piracy and have a very wrong attitude towards it. Piracy is caused by bad service, DRM and overpriced products. Instead of blaming pirates and begging people for money (by asking people to ‘support’ them), content producers should learn from pirates.

    Pirates are not criminals. They are businessmen who know how to compete and innovate without relying on the government’s help. They are successful because they can give consumers what they want, 24 hours a day, internationally, at a cheap price (or for free), with no DRM.

    DVDs of a typical television series are released long after the series finished airing. Pirates can give you DRM-free digital files of a show’s episodes almost immediately after they air on television. If an episode airs on Monday, pirates can give it to you on Tuesday or even earlier.

    If you are a PC user, it is impossible for you to play console games without buying expensive consoles or resorting to piracy. Not all PC users can (or want to) buy a Playstation 3 just to play a few games. Pirates can give you free ISO (or ROM) files and emulators that allow you to play console games on your PC.

    Pricing is another important factor. Half-life 2, one of the best FPS games ever made, costs 9.99$ on Steam. If you want to sell an FPS game that costs 59.99$, you should be very sure that your game is much better than Half-life 2. As of 2013, I do not know any 59.99$ FPS game that is superior to HL2 in terms of gameplay and story.

    If content producers improve their services, make their products available on all devices and platforms, and lower their prices, maybe they won’t have to endure so much pointless suffering.

    When you ask people to ‘support’ you and buy your games (whether you deserve the money or not), you are asking them to do charity. Charity is a good thing, but not all consumers can (or want to) do charity. If you want people to do something for you, then you must give them things that they want in return. People are willing to spend money on things that they value.

    There is no such thing as a ‘lost sale’. There is only ‘failure to sell’.

  3. Blabber says:

    Noodles. I have never read anything so so spectacularly ignorant. Crack dealers must rank very highly in your business model, (although they have to pay for their product). Perhaps we need a new constitutional amendment that include the right to get everything free, at all times. It seem like there is a generation that’s ready to rally to that.

    Sad.

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