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Good Old Games: DRM scares off customers

Monday, 7th March 2011 01:18 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Lukasz Kukawski of Good Old Games has said DRM treats legitimate customers like criminals, and discourages customers.

“Treating a legitimate customer like a potential criminal won’t convince them to buy original copies of games,” Kukawski told Adventure Classic Gaming.

“In our opinion a better way to get people to spend their hard earned money on original games rather than pirating them is to give them a good value for money – offer good games for reasonable prices, making the whole experience hassle-free, adding exclusive free goodies which they won’t get with a torrent download.

“We believe adding those incentives are well worth all the work and effort rather than just adding a draconian DRM software which will only make legitimate customers’ life more difficult.”

Kukawski pointed out that pirated copies of games have the DRM stripped from them, meaning only legitimate customers ever experience its effects.

“Let’s take EA’s Spore which allowed you a limited number of installations or UbiSoft’s Assassin’s Creed 2 which forced you to stay on-line for the whole time you play the game,” he said.

“Gamers were truly pissed that they are paying $50 for a game they can’t play as they’d like to. I’m sure those DRMs actually pulled lots of people from buying the game or made them get a pirated version.”

Thanks, Blue.

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  1. drewbles82

    glad ive neva bought either of those games. limited number.. ive got 3 different pcs i use regularly, i should be able to install a game that i purchased to as many as i want and what happens if you have a lot of trouble with a virus forcing you to format.
    As for only able to play online, thats pathetic. Its a single player game for starters so theres no need to be online. Also a lot of ppl i know dont play pc games very often cuz of using the net but when they arent in range of a network or, the net is down etc, you wanna be able to play your games.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DSB

    Halleluja, and what not.

    It’s not about denying publishers the right to protect their games, it’s just a question of them not hassling the paying customer in the process.

    Obtrusive DRM isn’t a problem for pirates, they just have fun bypassing it. The honest gamer ends up taking the screwing on their behalf, in spite of being the one actually supporting the publishers.

    Bulletstorm lost a sale to Crysis 2 this month in my case, purely based on the DRM.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Over

    Well, in the case of GoG games, the goodies are also pirated.

    But they’re right. When the price is right, people will prefer to pay for it rather than pirating.

    But big companies want great profits. They want it all. They just can’t accept the possibility of their games being played without them receiving money for it. But I guess they will have to evolve. Just like book authors had to, centuries ago (with book lending and public libraries).

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Grimrita

    DRM didnt scare people away from Spore. Spore scared people away because it was shit.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Grimrita

    Bloody new keyboard….

    Anyway, to add – alot of people ‘pirate’ games because they want to get an idea if its worth buying. Review scores cant be trusted any more because they are full of shit so some (not all) download as a try before you buy.

    Publishers and developers only have themselves to blame for churning out rubbish of late. Blizzard for example, have a good DRM, they are superb at polishing their turds and are extremely successful.

    I suggest others take a leaf out of their book to ensure customer loyality to keep the pirates at bay(so to speak!)

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Suikoden Fan

    Great website and they speak true, DRM only punishes the buyer, the pirates always crack it

    #6 3 years ago
  7. walkingfiend

    GOG is the new haven for PC gamers, well its for me, beside their releases, I have bought only one PC game since last year.

    #7 3 years ago