"Now if only more development houses would fight back against the various individuals and small companies that exploit their titles, we would have even better games. Why, because developers would not loose the millions of $US each year to piracy and leaked game code.
There was a time when ones integrity meant a lot, and that if you shook on something with another, your word was considered gold. Then NDA's (Non-Disclosure Agreements) became necessary to ensure industry 'secrets' and IP remained that of its legal owners. But even that is no longer a safe bet that your property is in safe hands with ANY employee or 3rd party company you may deal with.
Ubisoft have filed suit against the Charlotte, North Carolina-based company called Optical Experts Manufacturing (OEM) for what they call "an extraordinary breach of trust and gross negligence" on the part of OEM which allowed copies of its PC version of Assassin's Creed to be distributed several weeks prior to its public release date.
This is what stuns me so much. Yes, we can and do have the ability and technology to acquire these games, yet we also demand bigger, better and stronger games which in turn require more financial investment by both the developer and publishers concerned. But what do we do, we 'steal' their product, and turn right around ask, nay, demand, that they make mor..."