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    Phoronix: LGP Gets Into Game Downloading, Rentals

    Last year Linux Game Publishing launched their own game copy protection system to combat pirating of the games they port to Linux and now they have announced another fundamental change. At last, Linux Game Publishing will be making their games available by electronic download and they are also launching a game rental service. LGP's download service is not being offered directly to gamers but instead to their resellers, which they will then likely make available to the customers...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzMwMg

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    Sacred Gold
    a month $5
    a week $2.5
    http://www.tuxgames.com/details.cgi?&gameref=148

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    • #3
      Are we talking about DRM here?

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      • #4
        Rentals are stupid, I'd much rather have a demo.
        Admittedly, I tend to only play a game for a couple weeks when I buy it, but I do come back to it after a few months.

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        • #5
          What they really need are demos. Oh, and reminding me about that copy protection sent shivers down my spine.

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          • #6
            Renting a game only works for rare cases. On Linux most users dislike DRM and if they are skilled they find a way to use it without. Usually you have got all needed debugging tools already...
            Last edited by Kano; 06-03-2009, 02:41 AM.

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            • #7
              Thirded on demos. It seems like the gaming world just sort of forgot how to do that, and it's been hurting their ability to sell games to me ever since.

              As far as this renting thing goes, eh, whatever. Not something I'll ever do. I'm loving the news of digital distro, though!

              PS: This is exactly the sort of thing I feel should be front-and-centre of the main page. (Re: my other thread). This is really much more important than testing the SSD mode of Btrfs....
              Last edited by Wyatt; 06-03-2009, 02:46 AM. Reason: Add postscript

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              • #8
                That's great new.

                LGP already offers demo when they can. However, there are some games, like X3, where the demo doesn't exist, even on Windows, and I don't know how anyone could expect LGP to devote many ressources to producing one when the Windows developer has deemed it too difficult to make.

                Now, with less than 3$ (Jets'N Guns is at 1$something) you can try the full game for one week, which allows testing if it works well and if it's a good game. Of course, long time patrons will always prefer the box, but even for them it's a good thing to have.

                Rentals is also a good way to discourage people from illegally getting the games - for 4$ a month (2$something for J'NG) you can play the whole game, which is enough for games you just want to play and beat it.

                Actually, for less than 60$ you could be playing all the games you want in a whole year (just change the game when you've finished it), including those you'd never have bought because you fell they don't deserve the high price. It sounds like riping LGP off, hopefully they'll recoup on the amount of people that would rent games they wouldn't have played else if they had to buy them.

                Hopefully one of the vendors let you pay with Paypal.

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                • #9
                  Well the price is still too high just for testing. Most titles are budget, so maybe the way to sell more is maybe the double price of current budget market price. Lets say a title costs 5$ for 1month then you could easyly buy it for 5-10$ usually already. If you really like the renting idea, then consider something like a game flatrate with all games for one reasonable price.

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                  • #10
                    While I would often prefer a free demo, the fact is that a lot of demos are either too short to get a feel for anything or go the way of many movie trailers - show all the interesting stuff in the trailer/demo leaving the rest of the movie/game as just filler. In some cases, both occur at the same time.

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                    • #11
                      Basically you could use that way for markting too. like steam does with free play weekends and special offers to buy. But when you only can rent it and unrestricted variant is so extremely expensive, then i don't think that it will be succesful. When you remember the day where the games have been cheaper i guess much more was sold. You have got always 2 ways, sell few for a high price, or sell much more for a better price.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Kano View Post
                        Well the price is still too high just for testing. Most titles are budget, so maybe the way to sell more is maybe the double price of current budget market price. Lets say a title costs 5$ for 1month then you could easyly buy it for 5-10$ usually already. If you really like the renting idea, then consider something like a game flatrate with all games for one reasonable price.
                        How cheap are you, really? You can rent Jets'N Guns for a week for 1$25, which is enough to finish the game (and replay it till you're sick of it).

                        If you want to replay it many times aver the years, of course you'd want to buy it - no point complaining about rental prices here. Or did you want 1$25 to be a rental for 10 years?

                        As for buying it for 5-10$, it 4 to 8 times more expensive than the one week rental - how is that cheaper if you just want to finish a game and be done with (then you can re-rent it in 5 years if you feel nostalgic)? The gas you'd burn running to the store(s) is probably more money than the rental already.

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                        • #13
                          Fine you rent it one week and you do nothing else than playing it the whole week, then the price would be ok. But when you have got only a few h to play with it in that week then it is not that good. There are titles which can be finished completely within 1 or 2 days, then you don't need to buy em. But if you like the game and want to play it lets say every month a few h then renting is more expensive.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Kano View Post
                            Fine you rent it one week and you do nothing else than playing it the whole week, then the price would be ok. But when you have got only a few h to play with it in that week then it is not that good.
                            If you can't finish Jets'N Gun playing a few hours here and there in a weak, you've got more to worry than the price of the game.

                            Originally posted by Kano View Post
                            There are titles which can be finished completely within 1 or 2 days, then you don't need to buy em.
                            So even the fact that it's interesting for at least a few games doesn't matter, as long as you'd rather be fussing?

                            More thorough games can be finished in a month or so, playing a few hours here and there - you don't need to buy them if you just want to have fun, see the story, finish the game, and be done with it. If you want to spend 200 hours on a game over years, and find more than 10 bucks too expensive, again you've got issues that are bigger than the price of a game.

                            Originally posted by Kano View Post
                            But if you like the game and want to play it lets say every month a few h then renting is more expensive.
                            Breaking news: that's what buying is for.

                            Fact is, it's just not for you, and not for the vocal people that would find paying 1$ for anything a rip off. Those aren't really anybody's target in the first place, and they aren't really people you'd be happy to have even as paying customers, because they aren't fun to be begin with.

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                            • #15
                              What would be nice would be the ability to convert a one week rental into a full download purchase by paying the difference.

                              That way almost everyone wins. LGP gets a far better chance of seeing a return on their porting efforts and consumers get the chance to have a cheap test period that effectively becomes a free demo if they purchase the game.
                              I'm in a similar position to Kano in that I can only really spend a few hours a week on a particular game. While I don't mind paying less than a movie ticket to assure myself that the game will work and that I enjoy it, I don't like the idea of being penalised for being cautious.

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