Creator of hit sandbox-builder wants everyone to play his game - even if it leads to piracy.
More devs have to be like Notch
Not all indie devs can afford their games to be priated.
Notch can afford it, and they're using it to expand on their fanbase. You're sure to reel in some pirate sympathizers (psychologically), people who pirate the first game but buy the next, etc. Plus "'Indie' (Because you're SO indie when you're reeling in 50 Mill.) Game Developer says 'Pirate My Game'" makes for good headlines. "Oh yeah...Minecraft. That game I almost bought. I remember. I think I'll buy it now"; Making Headlines = Free Publicity. You really don't lose simply by saying "pirate my game" if you've already sold millions of copies.....you attract people that I described. It's no skin off of his nose if a couple people pirate the game in the process of getting free publicity. Do you think Kotick sheds a tear every time a copy of CODMW3 is pirated? I don't approve. Encouraging people to pirate, especially from such a position, is unhelpful to REAL indie devs.
Mojang IS an indie developer. It doesn't matter how much they're making... the fact is they are independent of a publisher..
His logic makes perfect sense. Anti-piracy people often don't understand it. Think about this way. If you can't afford to purchase a game, then you're not a potential customer. Potential customers are people who are willing AND able to purchase things. So you're willing but you're NOT able, and thus if you pirate the game, you are not a potential sales loss. It's true that there are some people out there who can afford to purchase a game but choose to pirate it instead. However those people may just as easily fall under the category of "able but not willing." In that case, they may also not lead to potential sales losses because they are still not potential customers. Hey, it's true. Some people pirate things simply because they can, and not because they're interested in it. But there are also some people out there who are both "willing and able" to purchase a product, which means they are interested in the product and are able to afford it, but because the option to pirate it is available they defer to it and that is a lost sale. The people who make music, video games, and movies, and other entertainment have no way of figuring out which pirates are "willing but not able," "not willing but able," and "willing and able." So they clump them all together and say they've lost a ton of money through piracy despite the fact that some of these pirates, perhaps a lot of them, were never going to purchase the product anyway.
From the sounds of it, Notch is trying some damage control from all his mess ups. Unless Jeb said this. Edit: Yep, Notch trying some damage control. It's funny how he never replies to tweets asking him why his game crashes constantly on some computers, why glitches from alpha are still in the game, and why it's such an intense resource hog and has memory leakage. Edit2 : Also the kid won't be able to play multiplayer.
What he means is that if you do not have $25, or your family doesn't have $25 to give you to pay for a game that will keep you busy for endless amounts of entertainment, then you can pirate it. When it's acceptable: If you don't own a phone If you don't own a computer If you don't own a house If you live in a third world country If the only computer you use is in a library Otherwise you're a total asshole, the deal is great for the amount of time you'll spend playing it, rich, poor, or in between.
"If you don't own a computer." Pretty hard to play minecraft if you don't own a computer. Unless you mean the family computer.
Lol I actually live in a third world country where it's really hard to get internet dollars. I'd gladly pay for this game as soon as I can, but right now I'm playing a pirated copy.
Yes. Developers need to be like a guy who would have a go at two of the Internets greatest minecraft players accusing them of things he soon clarified they did not actually do. ... :/ Disagreers: It's true though. I'm not hating on Notch, I just think sometimes he over reacts a lot. I mean he's acting as if Minecraft is so great that it needs to be pirated... thats kind of childish.
He also dissed Euclideon, which could be the greatest game engine ever made. I mean, more than anything you'd want to HELP someone make progress on a project like that, not hinder it with negativity. Notch is kind of a douche at times.
Bill Gates once said something to the effect of "If you're going to pirate, pirate *our* products. You guys don't get it. The reason they make remarks like this isn't because they don't want people to buy their games, but its essentially free viral marketing. They will increase the game's popularity through word of mouth.
If you can't afford €19.95 you need to be out looking for a job, not playing Minecraft. Support your devs people.
Actually most likely if you can not afford minecraft you probably don't have a decent PC to run it
XD Decent Pc...to run minecraft?
@RedDeadDestroyer Yes.. Minecraft is quite intensive
@RedDeadDestroyer wow the ignorance in your comment is overwhelming
If you've been on the internet before you can't honestly say you find his ignorance overwhelming :P
There's a huge difference between intensive and shoddily developed. Memory leaks doesn't mean it's intensive, it means there's a problem.
Please don't sit there and try to act like you know what you're talking about when you clearly do not. Minecraft is written in Java, and Java has built-in garbage collection, which makes memory leaks virtually impossible to get on accident. Unless you're sitting there and creating endless amounts of new objects and holding their references forever, it wont happen. Besides, even if there were a memory leak, the game would constantly give OutOfMemoryExceptions because there's no heap space available, which doesn't happen unless your PC can't doesn't have enough RAM available to begin with. With that said, the game is indeed CPU intensive. Not only does the game need to render a hefty number of polygons, but it also uses OpenGL's immediate mode rendering, rather than using VertexBufferObjects and Shaders. Oddly, their reason behind this was to make the game available to as many people as possible. But seriously, if your graphics card doesn't support OpenGL2.0 (which came out in 2004), what're the odds that your computer can even run the game anyway?
most likely if you can not afford minecraft you probably don't have a decent PC to run it
If you can't afford Minecraft you probably also don't have the intelligence to play.
That much money? I bough Minecraft back when it wasn't mainstream and it only cost me ten dollars USD.
It seems like every dev is encouraging piracy in one way or another these days.
this dev is awesome
I wish this game was coming to PSN
Wish hard enough and it may come true! =D I mean it's coming to Xbox, why not PS3?
Vanilla Minecraft is incredibly boring. Why anyone would bother with playing the console version is beyond me.
instead of encouraging piracy, perhaps he could set up a site where you pay what you think the game is worth.
That's a good idea, but the minimum payment should at least be a dollar. It all adds up right? And they would get at least some level of support. Still, this kind of attitude from a dev is refreshing. They care more about their creation than they do about the money. It also shows that groups like ESA and RIAA (is that right?) are wrong. I heard of a music group, whose name eludes me at the moment, that actually put their own cd on piratebay because they never wanted to be a part of some action being taken against piratebay but the music copyright group (I really don't know what they are called, I should look it up) had put their name on behalf of their producers on the list of supporters of the action. The band said that they care more about people hearing their music than the money and recognized that people like to get a sample of something before they buy it, so they put their entire CD up to be torrented and told the copyright group to never speak for them again.
Nine Inch Nails is one of those bands, or to be precise - Trent Reznor: http://www.news.com.au/tech...
or pirate it