'How do you stop software pirates? Try giving them a job. And make better PC games.'

With Nintendo's new ability to brick consoles, Sony casting out PS3 hackers and Geohot taking a timely 'vacation', video game piracy is very much back in the news.

But is there a better way to tackle those gleefully infringing on publishers' copyright than simply wielding the ban hammer?

Christofer Sundberg, boss of Just Cause creator Avalanche studios in Sweden, certainly believes there might just be.

Sundberg is a long-term opponent of 'always online' DRM measures, and is keen for the video games industry to look at other ways of curbing piracy - including the rarely-discussed possibility of job interviews.

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LOGICWINS2981d ago

Theres already bad blood between Geohot and Sony, so offering him a job wouldn't be a smart move since Geohot ill probably send even more of Sony's private info into the public Internet space.

But I think if Sony offered him a job IN THE BEGINNING, then it would have been better for everyone. If Sony started paying Geohot a 6 figure salary to break the PS3 to find exploits..then theres not much motivation to screw Sony over. And even if Geohot DID betray Sony's trust, they would have had an easier time suing him since Sony could just say:

"He breached the contract when we employed him"

Queefy_B2981d ago

I only pirate games that they dont release in europe that i will have no way of getting like if they release resi4/code v remake on psn in us only i will have to pirate them. P.S i do buy my games.

kharma452981d ago

There is ways to get around that, you don't have to pirate.

Buy a US PSN card from somewhere like eBay if you need to use the US PS Store or import phyiscal titles.

Baka-akaB2981d ago

yeah that's a dubious excuse when you have ways to get them

nickjkl2981d ago (Edited 2981d ago )

implying sony didnt already have a bunch of hackers working for them already

its not like hackers are unique in skills

they are just programmers

after all how did sony create the security system for the ps3 in the first place i doubt kaz hirai created it how about howard stringer

LOGICWINS2981d ago (Edited 2981d ago )

@Queefy_B- Yeah, if there is no way that you can "buy" them in Europe, then the makers don't benefit, which means you have a reason to pirate them. I believe its the same thing with movies, tv shows, and music.

@kharma45- He never said that he ONLY pirates PSN games. What if he wants to pirate an old SNES game that is no longer in production?

Queefy_B2981d ago

Really tho i wont feel too bad about pirating remake number 100 for re4 if i cant get it off euro store, sometimes thats how it is i buy 98% of my games.

LOGICWINS2981d ago (Edited 2981d ago )

Yeah, I know what you mean. But I don't see a reason why the RE remake won't release in Europe as well.

@Baka-akaB- Wouldn't you say its also dubious for a person to create an alternate PSN account with falsified information in order to purchase something he/she shouldn't have access to?

Baka-akaB2981d ago (Edited 2981d ago )

Everyone got it's circumstances . In my case the infos arent even false .
Also , people dont even need to give real infos for their local psn to begin with . Plenty people are just that paranoid about their privacy .

It's only important so far for credit cards .

Bottom line is there are still options to buy the game and reward its dev , if he wants to . We are talking about still one of the most import friendly consoles so far .

The rest is between him and his own set of morals .

DelbertGrady2981d ago (Edited 2981d ago )

That's how anti-virus software companies like F-Secure and others have worked for a long time. Who's better at preventing loopholes in your systems than the people who found them?

It's smarter to capitalize on that knowledge than to try and lock it away like Sony are doing.

LOGICWINS2981d ago

"Who's better at preventing loopholes in your systems than the people who found them?"


koehler832981d ago

It's one thing to find a loophole. It's another to expose it to the world.

Queefy_B2981d ago

Hey delbert u fellin ok brah? you said something of slight relevance there..just slight tho.

DeadIIIRed2981d ago

Agreed for the most part, but if you reward too many of these people then you'll create more pirates wanting jobs in the long run. People respond to incentives.

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DragonWarrior2981d ago (Edited 2981d ago )

I think thats a horrible idea. The gamin industry is all ass backwards. These devs and publishers hire more gays, minorities, and women just so they don't look bad or get into trouble. Now they talk about hiring hackers? How bout hiring real gamers that actually love and support gaming? Thats why games these days fuckin suck so bad. Stupid bastards.

tdrules2981d ago

Are you telling me that gays, minorities and women can do the job as good as a straight white male???

BeastlyRig2981d ago (Edited 2981d ago )

"You end up just doing a port, so there's not a lot of time, budget or creative thinking going into using the PC. I think that's quite sad. We [as an industry] should take the PC platform more seriously. Everyone is just complaining about piracy on the PC, but when it comes to in-game DLC or social connectivity, the options on PC compared to console are endless. I would like at some point to do a really good PC game designed specifically for PC players."

idk I just like that part!

Flexatron2981d ago (Edited 2981d ago )

"Make better PC games." Yeah right. A pirate could have a damn perfect game and they would still pirate it. Pirates have a false sense of entitlement and are always wanting something for nothing.

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