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"Red Faction: Armageddon"   (Source:
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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RE: a great game will sell
By Nik00117 on 3/20/2011 8:50:40 PM , Rating: 2
I pirated Mass Effect 1 I loved that game.

I went ahead and bought Number 1, and now am eagerly awaiting 3.

I pirated several other games as well which I ended up loving and therefore eventually buying.

If a game is really good, I will pay for it. If it sucks, I won't pay for it.

Example, Grid the racing game. I pirated this game. It was a fun game however I'm not a big fan of racing games. One day steam had a sale on Grid and Dirt 2 I bought both games.

I had I not pirated Grid or Masseffect I'd of never bought them.

RE: a great game will sell
By StevoLincolnite on 3/20/2011 10:44:12 PM , Rating: 2
Eh, you don't need to Pirate when you have companies like Ubisoft around.

A few days ago Ubisoft was going to have 4 games for free available on it's website in Australia as a promotion...

However... They buggered up and made every game free for several hours.
Coincidentally I grabbed a heap of games, Brothers in Arms, Assassins Creed, FarCry 2, Heroes of Might and Magic, Anno 1404, Settlers the works.

It was interesting seeing American's use a VPN to access something in Australia, usually it's the other way around. :P

RE: a great game will sell
By c4xp on 3/21/2011 11:21:29 AM , Rating: 2
I'm a pirate myself, but I also bought all the games I thought are worth it. And no, I'm not rich. I think supporting the developers is a moral gesture.

Let's say that I pirated 90% of the games I play.
That means that the other 10% I bought.

When the total 100% price of my played games = will be equal to the price of the 10%, I bought, then gaming industry will no longer have pirates.

Instead of blaming the people who do play them, and appreciate a good title, maybe we should look elsewhere for blame: I don't know ?! Maybe the economic system ?...

"You can bet that Sony built a long-term business plan about being successful in Japan and that business plan is crumbling." -- Peter Moore, 24 hours before his Microsoft resignation

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