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"Red Faction: Armageddon"   (Source: videogamesblogger.com)
Company sees PC as "the most variable"

Piracy has become a large worry in many areas of the entertainment industry. For instance, several film studios urged an Australian ISP to warn users against piracy of illegal movies. Another recent report stated that major record labels had to pay $45 million for pirating music. 

But movies and music are not the only victims of piracy. PC games have had a bit of a piracy issue themselves, with games like "Spore" becoming some of the most pirated PC games in history. In 2008, TorrentFreak listed "Spore" as the most downloaded PC game on BitTorrent with a download count of 1.7 million. "The Sims 2" was in second place with a download count of 1.15 million copies. In more recent months, games like "Dragon Age 2" and "Crysis 2" have been leaked onto torrent sites.

So with piracy hitting the PC game industry as well, many have questioned whether it is worth making PC versions of games anymore. But despite those who doubt the financial worth of PC games, there is one video game developer that still believes these games are important to the gaming industry.

"Some people say PC is dying. Some people say PC is the future," said Eric Barker, studio manager of video game developer Volition. "PC is the most variable, because it depends on what you've got under the hood. For us, the key thing was making sure the PC version was done in-house."

Barker is talking about the PC versions of Volition's "Saints Row: The Third" and "Red Faction: Armageddon," which are both due to be released in 2011. Barker has no doubt that the PC versions of both games will be worth the time and money needed to develop them.

"You should see [the PC version of 'Red Faction:Armageddon'], it looks absolutely beautiful," said Barker. "If you've got a great graphics card it looks fantastic. We definitely believe PC games are great and if they're done right and done well by a studio, they're phenomenal. There's a lot of debate and discussion. I can't predict the future, but I'm really happy with how 'Red Faction: Armageddon' looks on PC. It's beautiful."

"Saints Row 2" and "Red Faction: Guerrilla," the two previous versions of the upcoming games that were created by external studios, experienced quality issues with PC ports, which is why Barker was adamant about completing the new versions "in-house." Piracy is not something that'll keep him from creating excellent PC games for avid users. 

"I don't think [piracy] is something at the forefront for us," said Barker. "First and foremost, we want to make sure we're making a game people would want to pirate. 

"Let's make a game that's worth stealing, and then we'll worry about making sure they don't."


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All hail misleading info
By Aihal on 3/20/2011 3:54:40 PM , Rating: 5
Nice work there twisting facts and information.

What was leaked was an unfinished beta version of Crysis 2, not the final game.

And what is this that i see is in torrent sites for two days now? Crysis 2 final retail version for X360 and PS3 ready to download and play in my consoles? Rejoice!
Oh, look, no sign of the PC version still :(
No matter, piracy will surely only be a problem in the PC version, regardless of the fact the console versions had a head start of several days in torrent sites. /sarcasm

And about Dragon Age 2, like virtually every other game ever it was available for all three platforms days earlier than the programed launch date.
You guys really don't bother on checking if what you say is remotely accurate...




RE: All hail misleading info
By Aihal on 3/20/2011 3:59:04 PM , Rating: 4
And i forgot to add that the thing about the beta of Crysis 2 was an actual INTERNAL LEAK unrelated to piracy, unlike with retail copies that get into torrent sites before launch day, just like the console version of Crysis 2 that are available now.

That means someone at Crytek put in it the wild on purpose, or left a development PC alone for a janitor to get an USB drive and get himself a copy of said thing or whatever.


RE: All hail misleading info
By MrBlastman on 3/21/2011 11:12:39 AM , Rating: 3
You're missing the crux of this article, the whole, true point behind it all. Volition completely dodged the most important topic at hand.

Where is FreeSpace 3 and when will they be making it for all of us to buy?

That's all I really care about. As soon as they do this, our Universe will be closer to being complete. Without it, there is a huge void that remains unfilled.

Sure, the FreeSpace Source Code Project (http://www.hard-light.net) has done some amazing things, and Blue Planet (mod for FS 2) is incredible, but, there's still an emptyness that stands. Volition, if you're listening, get with it, we want FreeSpace 2, and want it now. :) (and not a half-reared console port, we want the full PC experience).


RE: All hail misleading info
By Connoisseur on 3/21/2011 12:02:04 PM , Rating: 2
OMG I logged in just to reply to this comment. FreeSpace 1 and 2 were amongst the greatest games ever created and they were the pinnacle of space combat games. No other game comes close. WTF happened to the genre? :(

Long live FreeSpace.


RE: All hail misleading info
By Jcollector1 on 3/23/2011 1:43:04 PM , Rating: 2
Freespace 2 was the absolute most complete gaming experience ever.

As a SciFi fan NOTHING can touch the storyline, the gameplay, and the overall experience. I still remember the goosebumps I had on the final mission when the 6 Shivan dreadnaughts came pouring through hyperspace while you stayed back fighting off hoards of fighters so the fleet could get into the jumpgate. I think that mission literally was 1 hour of pure gaming adrenaline the likes that I have never felt before.

Seriously Volition why the hell haven't you started on Freespace 3??? I couldn't imagine what it would be like playing on a 30" widescreen with dual 6xxx radeons or 5xx Nvidia's. I mean fresspace 2 looked great on a geforce 4200ti.....

There is so much left to the storyline!!!


RE: All hail misleading info
By Jcollector1 on 3/23/2011 1:49:54 PM , Rating: 2
I feel the same way the universe will never be complete without revenge on the Shivans!!!!

They could set up FS3 10 years after the events of FS2 and it should 100% be the Terrans and Vesudans going on a direct attack on shivan space culminating on the be all end all attack on the Shivan homeworld.

I have no idea why volition is BS'ing there hasnt been a space sim release since FS2 that I could even stand to play.


RE: All hail misleading info
By B3an on 3/20/2011 6:59:34 PM , Rating: 2
Dont know why morons have rated you down. Your information is accurate. And you have a good point, consoles have lots of piracy as well.


RE: All hail misleading info
By someguy123 on 3/20/11, Rating: 0
RE: All hail misleading info
By someguy123 on 3/20/2011 7:33:45 PM , Rating: 2
Whoops, missed an "s" on "he" there.


RE: All hail misleading info
By EricMartello on 3/20/2011 9:08:41 PM , Rating: 2
The story in general implies that the PC as a platform is not ideal due to "piracy". He was pointing out that "piracy" is not limited to the PC. Apparently some of you lack the mental capacity to read between the lines.


RE: All hail misleading info
By someguy123 on 3/20/11, Rating: 0
RE: All hail misleading info
By vol7ron on 3/21/2011 12:31:23 AM , Rating: 2
But consoles can be considered PCs, especially those used as HTPCs; even more so if GeoHot had his way ;)


RE: All hail misleading info
By EricMartello on 3/21/2011 12:40:48 AM , Rating: 2
The act of singling out the PC platform inherently creates the PC vs ____ platform debate. If the article had simply stated that the developer was not concerned with piracy in general, then there would be some validity to what you are saying.


RE: All hail misleading info
By SlyNine on 3/21/2011 6:38:43 AM , Rating: 2
If anything all he/she implied was that developers are more concerned with Piracy on the PC then on the consoles. Then he/she's trying to point out a developer with the "right mindset"

The problem with reading between the lines, there are no words there, only your assumptions. You have to at least accept the possibility that you could be wrong and he/she didn't mean that at all.


RE: All hail misleading info
By EricMartello on 3/21/2011 6:53:25 PM , Rating: 2
True enough, but a good writer takes the time to specify their intent. Leaving written concepts open-ended essentially precludes the possibility of it being merely a case of "right and wrong".


RE: All hail misleading info
By Sivar on 3/21/2011 1:06:24 PM , Rating: 2
I think you're being a little harsh.

The points I got from the article were "PC hardware is more variable and more powerful than consoles" and "piracy isn't such a problem that we [Volition] don't want to write PC versions of our games"

- not - "at a particular moment in time, the PC version of XYZ is on a particular torrent site" -- something that changes rapidly anyway.


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