Ironies of ironies. It seems that Spore has been downloaded, illegally, over an estimated 500,000 times on BitTorrent, which puts Spore on track as becoming the most illegally downloaded game in history...
thepiratebay.org, isohunt.com, there's a bunch of others. When companies like EA implement draconian DRM, the internet crowd will turn to the likes of piracy. $hit, who wants to be limited on the number of installs? I don't normally pirate games, but if I was interested in Spore, that's how I'd do it.
I know no one really likes EA but the devs have worked hard at this game and from a holistic point of view they have created something new and interesting. As a gamer, I for one would like to support and encourage that. By pirating, we seriously damage the devs income and their ability to provide us, the gamers, with new big exciting and innovative projects in the future. We like to bash EA but in the process we are also bashing the developers. I know this is a conflicting view point. I don't like DRM but I also am an advocate of supporting devs. Imagine if we pirated every Insomniac game? In the end I think that we'd be the ones to loose out.
They are like wiping their asses with 100 dollar bills... Despite all the piracy, it's selling a lot, at least I think I read that somewhere. I don't feel sorry for them at all, pirate the crap outta this game. I did, then I deleted it because its incredibly boring imo.
the devs already got paid and then thats it. they dont collect a monthy income from the game. so your tarded. and this is ea and spore was made by a few people brian eno is one of them so STFU about many people when it was about 5 guys and brian eno. and ea should get this they need to make games WORTH playing
Well even if you pirate it you still can't use It's online features, so people will still buy it.
Where there is a will, there is a way.
And it's called pirate bay. =]
When companies treat legitimate customers like criminals it provides an an opportunity for more piracy. They made this DRM to stop piracy only to cause normally legitimate customers to pirate more.
EA should know not many people like them. DRM is pushing pirates to come after the game. I doubt half of them even play the game. They are just doing it to piss on DRM and EA. As they should. NOONE wants DRM now make it go away.
I haven't pirated the game, but the whole point of pirating this game like crazy is to show that a) It doesn't even work b) If you pull off sh*t like this you'll lose sales c) That you screw over the people who actually pay for the game
im one of those 500k.
Wow your awesome, you openly admit to screwing over hard working people. If there was justice in this world you would get fined the 5grand or whatever it is and make that 50 dollars look like a bargain.
I am also one of these people =] maybe if they didnt have that lame DRM i would have brought it. Its mainly been downloaded as a statment and a protest to EA from many users. Aswell as the fact thats its a wel anticipated game =]
any way i would have never bought the game if i didnt get it from torrents, beside i dont buy PC games, sorry but i think if i will spend money for a game that should be a console game because there where the ultimate gaming experience is found, and EA sucks any way, they dont deserve any petty!
How is it lame? They do this so you jerks won't steal it...but obviously that didn't work. Even if there was NO DRM on it, you would all steal it. "You have no soul." - Dante
haven`t played it tho cant be assed
Yeah you Pirates are bad people, verwy verwy bad, now be good!. LOL Just relax, the game is selling well, Pirates only help spread the Love, Buyers help spread the money, so see It's a happy world after all. :)
I have to admit, that I was one of the people that "borrowed" the game of the internet.
*reported to the FBI and MI5*
And how was it?
and its crappy DX 9/10/11 pile of crap M$ code. M$ fault.
The game? It's fine. It's not my cup of tea though, I find the cell part pretty boring.
shame though everythings leaked and cracked before it hits stores
why DRM was put in the first place?
and thats why the PC gaming is dead. Now why would I say that? heres why, Developers get turned off on PCs because of that, which is why they move their game development onto consoles. Thats why Crytek is moving on consoles even though they still support the PC, but they know they are not going to make Jack S**t from it.
PC gaming isn't dead, but I do know that there are some developers that are of this very deranged opinion.
Hearing things like this is definitely discouraging.
if PC gaming isnt dead is on life support think about it lol 500,000 * 49.95 is almost 25m in loss, on 1 game!
I cant believe you are getting disagrees. Why would people spend so much money making games on PC if they are just going to be pirated by a HUGE amount of people.
If PC gaming were to die, then people would stop buying graphic cards. How quickly do you think graphical hardware would develop when a company like nVidia came out with some awesome new hardware, but nobody would buy it? The only place for high end graphic cards would be on the consoles. So hardware manufactures could try out a new card every 5 or 6 years, as it is now, they can try out a new card every 3 months. Which system produces more advancement in graphics? Anyways, PC gaming may die. If it does, better graphics, cheaper games, open platforms, superior controls, free mods and DLC, all of it will die with the PC. Also, don't expect new GPU's to be what they used to be, because there are no consumers and thus no reason to develop better graphic cards. Am I wrong? A lot of those pirates may have simply wanted to install the game on more than one computer, which the DRM wont allow. I wont pirate, but I was somewhat interested in this game and passed on it because of the DRM. EA was concerned about everybody except for their paying customers.
You may be right, but like people have said, where there is a will... As long as one or two companies continue to make a killing off of the platform, the platform itself cannot die. As long as Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2 look better on higher-specced systems, there is no way people will stop playing PC games and stop upgrading their PCs. OTOH, if Blizzard EVER decided to go console-only, THAT would kill PC gaming. But why would they do that? They know how to make money off of the PC users: MAKE GOOD GAMES. LOLPWNED. p.s. I didn't download Spore. But I admit, I feel like downloading it just to piss of EA (and I'm not even gonna play it). p.s.2. NOT buying a game doesn't get EA's attention. They'll just claim that the game itself was never that popular or appealing to begin with. And they may just never let Will Wright make another big-budget title. MASS PIRATING, however, WILL get their attention. They will know that the lack of legitimate sales had NOTHING to do with Mr. Wright's game, but rather that it was a direct result of their borderline shady business practice.
If anything, pirating of spore (again, I don't support it) shows that: 1) DRM does not stop pirating. 2) DRM can chase away legit customers. Sounds like loose loose to me.