Temar: I'm talking about those at the head who were pushing for this (and they were scientists supposedly, so one could argue they had to know better: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trofim_Lysenko). Obviously some scientists knew it was complete lunacy. Same thing with DRM. Some artists and educated people know that DRM is lunacy, but publisher execs enforce this sickness with undemocratic means like DMCA and etc. So your expectation about them having any common sense isn't any better than expecting common sense in those who enforced Lysenkoism.
Last edited by shmerl; 03-24-2014 at 07:11 PM.
How much pirating gets prevented by DRM right after release when the game is still at full prize and how much casual pirating gets prevented once the crack is out?
On the one hand you have some impatient pirates who don't want to wait for the crack and on the other hand you have casual pirates, who would not seek out for warez on their own, but would copy the DVD from their neighbour if they could. Many of the second group might pick up the game from a Steam sale later on.
Sure you can't prevent the hardcore pirates from pirating, but still the revenue from above groups is probably much larger than the sales lost from people who do not buy the game simply because it has DRM.
So please stop with your ridiculous theories...., a discredited theory of inheritance favored by Stalin for ideological reasons.
You might not like DRM, but until you can show some numbers which prove that DRM reduces revenue from AAA titles, I will just assume that you don't know what you are talking about and those business managers actually know what they are doing. Sure, they might all be wrong, but at the moment I see no reason to believe that.
Last edited by shmerl; 03-24-2014 at 07:40 PM.
The fact that they run something big is not a proof that what they declare they use DRM for (i.e. preventing piracy) is actually true or makes any sense. Multi-million companies can do stupidest things. Remember Simcity DRM fiasco? Sure, they had to know better, since EA is a multi-billion company, right? Wrong. Billions aren't an antidote against stupidity.
DRM doesn't reduce piracy but it's used for a range of side reasons from uneducated "everyone uses it so it actually does something useful" to something worse like "by using DRM we control the consumer, the market and technology". DRM can also be used as an excuse for incompetence (as was noted by several developers in the past). For example if the product fails, some exec can blame poor sales on piracy, and say - "see, we aren't sitting idle in the face of such theft. We use DRM!". Either way, DRM is never neither good for the user nor preventing any piracy. It's use is always unethical and normal companies and publishers should avoid it outright.
Last edited by shmerl; 03-24-2014 at 10:11 PM.