Gamers Turn to Piracy Because of DRM — GOG

Good Old Games may have just opened a little can of worms with this latest statement about Digital Rights Management (DRM). It’s no secret that if you screw up DRM, and force gamers to do something they don’t like, they let people know about it, like Ubisoft and their DRM.

The people over at Good Old Games had this statement about DRM and how they feel about it.

What I will say isn’t popular in the gaming industry, but in my opinion DRM drives people to pirate games rather than prevent them from doing that. Would you rather spend $50 on a game that requires installing malware on your system, or to stay online all the time and crashes every time the connection goes down, or would you rather download a cracked version without all that hassle?

They have a very good point, if pirating games in order to actually play them is easier to install and play then the official release of the game. Of course people are going to go the easier road, even if it is not the most legal way of doing it.

If you see the news on gaming portals that a highly anticipated title has leaked before the release date, and you can download it from torrents without any copy protection because it has been already cracked, how can you possibly believe that DRM works in any way to reduce piracy?

DRM can be a double edged sword, on one hand companies want to protect their product, but if they go way overboard with the DRM system, people simply don’t buy the game. They go to the many places where they know they can get the game with no DRM, and actually play the game. Either way, DRM can be done right, and more companies need to find the right way to do DRM.

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  1. By Techi on 04-13-2011 11:17

    That's the whole problem with DRM. It is a double edge sword. As much as I love games, I really cannot afford to buy new games at $50-$60 a pop. And the point of paying that amount of money only to have the game crash or this problem or that, it sucks.

    But Pirating isn't right either. People do spend hours upon hours creating these games for our enjoyment and for us to do that is just not right. If you spent weeks making something and someone comes and steals it, you are going to be pissed off too.

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  2. By junxtown on 04-13-2011 12:08

    arrrrgh! i'm a pirate too

    yeah usually people pirate games due to financial situation, i mean why pay 50-60 dollars every game they release??!

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  3. By astonman247 on 04-13-2011 12:36

    I Agree Games being 60 bucks (close to 70 with HST where i am) its just to much and most people pirate because of the cost's the Fix keep games at around 30 bucks to 40 that's a lot better than 70 dollars.

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  4. By dragonquestking on 04-13-2011 14:19

    Originally Posted by Techi:
    Quote That's the whole problem with DRM. It is a double edge sword. As much as I love games, I really cannot afford to buy new games at $50-$60 a pop. And the point of paying that amount of money only to have the game crash or this problem or that, it sucks.

    But Pirating isn't right either. People do spend hours upon hours creating these games for our enjoyment and for us to do that is just not right. If you spent weeks making something and someone comes and steals it, you are going to be pissed off too.

    Not all games are made hour and hours on end. Games like anything made by activision seems like there is no heart or soul to their game. they just want money.

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  5. By MSgtGunny on 04-13-2011 14:27

    But the real question is, whether downloading the cracked version of a game you bought legally and still legally own is pirating, or merely circumventing annoying DRM

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  6. By JustAndrew on 04-13-2011 15:01

    Originally Posted by dragonquestking:
    Quote Not all games are made hour and hours on end. Games like anything made by activision seems like there is no heart or soul to their game. they just want money.

    I agree. There are too many companies out there that don't care one bit about us, they just want our money. Especially Activision. Every time I see Kotick's face I wish it would be blown off by a shotgun. These guys insult gamers everywhere and then have the audacity to bitch when people don't want to spend insane amounts of money on the monkey shit they pour out.

    And DRM is definitely a big factor. DRM hinders the paying customer badly. Meanwhile, a pirate doesn't get bothered by it at all, it doesn't affect them in any way. Yet companies continue to do it and screw over the people giving them money to live on, and continue working on.

    And MSgtGunny, using a crack on a legal game is still illegal, I believe.

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  7. By Ra:1337 on 04-13-2011 17:30

    Originally Posted by Techi:
    Quote That's the whole problem with DRM. It is a double edge sword. As much as I love games, I really cannot afford to buy new games at $50-$60 a pop. And the point of paying that amount of money only to have the game crash or this problem or that, it sucks.

    But Pirating isn't right either. People do spend hours upon hours creating these games for our enjoyment and for us to do that is just not right. If you spent weeks making something and someone comes and steals it, you are going to be pissed off too.

    I agree 100% I usually will pirate a game just to test it out and make sure I can play it fully.

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  8. By FreeMuffins on 04-13-2011 17:33

    I don't agree with this at all. Buying a 50 dollar PC game from steam WILL NOT put malware on your PC. I have no idea where these guys were coming from when they said that.

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  9. By Techi on 04-13-2011 18:31

    Originally Posted by dragonquestking:
    Quote Not all games are made hour and hours on end. Games like anything made by activision seems like there is no heart or soul to their game. they just want money.

    Well, that may be the company. I'm sure theres a couple of people there who actually do put there heart and soul into games. Either way, piracy is wrong.

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  10. By outroxx on 04-13-2011 18:43

    I never pirate games because I think it's a disrespect for those who make them, but I feel like the price we pay is WAAAY to high

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