Thanks SeÃ¡n, a good laugh's worth.
I usually buy to lift restrictions from crippleware, but in this case they actually ask you to pay to get it.
Dishonest Restrictions Mechanism - I think I'll adopt that one
This thread is a good example of what it takes to start forming an attitude towards it, albeit not the one Warner Bros would like to see of course :bigsmile:
In this case, the attitude has been formed a long time ago and so it continues to build upon the foundation present.
I wonder if the companies have read any of the threads concerning it through the years? If so, what did they make out of it...
They have not learned anything from it, that is only too obvious.
Let me do an experiment and to try to follow ....According to their way of thinking, GOG is an impossible business model that simply can not exist... with no DRM in sight on any of the games, they will have no customers as anyone can copy their games to their friends, put them on the net, and so there is in reality no market.
The reason for that is that most human beings on the planet are thieves only waiting to steal your work. So they have to protect themselves against their own customers.
Still GOG do exist, and as far as I can tell, they are not getting more pirated than others, why?
- First of all, I do not think that most people are criminals, only a small percentage of the population. The rest are in most respects law abiding citizens who pay for products.
- Secondly, true cracking groups of the scene will not touch it as there is nothing to crack, hence no challenge, and so only groups with no moral as to what the purpose of the scene is will go the lame route and make a release out of any of their games
Scene: Do you read me? It's time to wake up and get rid of the lamers. The very purpose of your existence is to fight protection, not be scumbags and thieves.
For the record, I do salute your effort as you have contributed to preserving a vast digital archive of programs and games from yesteryear not possible at all without your efforts. Keep up only the good work and don't be short-sighted!
It goes to show that it is possible to put a little trust in your customers and still live. Why is it that the larger the company, the more they distrust their user base and so start protecting their investment beyond usability for their paying customers? (I would actually like an answer to that)
I am sad to say, but it is in fact part of the reason - Skip DRM and more people will buy - as long as you start to form an attitude towards it today, spread the word through media that you are moving away from protection, use commercials and so on (it will probably not cost more than what you invest in protection).
As it is today, you sell an inferior product compared to what I can download for free and so you are in reality promoting piracy!