Makers of Machinarium Having Pirate Amnesty Sale

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deismanj

The makers of WoG tried a 'Pay anything you want' sale because piracy was so high, but they still couldn't make enough money to cover costs and went bankrupt.  Piracy is wrong, but it's even worse when it's done against a company that can't survive it, not to mention that gamers should be encouraging DRM free games.

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routine

This just further proves: consumers decide prices, not suppliers.

$20 was too much for this game. $5 is where it should have been priced from the get-go.

 

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ifailatliving

"In Machinarium you play as an unassuming robot traveling through a beautifully detailed world mechanical malcontents."

 

this site is a pleasure to read

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okron1k

if it was 5 dollars on steam right now i'd grab it. but unfortunately it isn't, so it will stay in my wishlist until the next big steam sale.

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praetor_alpha

I tried the demo last night, and bought it. Both the game and soundtrack are a "steal" at 5 bucks.

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snapple00

And people are wondering why intrusive DRM exists?

If that 90% figure is true, I have little faith left in humanity.

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dankers

How do they know 90% of players pirated it?

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greencpu

but I went and bought it.

3 reasons

 

1  drm free  - we should be encouraging this

 

2  linux native version  - also needs to be encouraged

 

3  5 bucks.  come on.  even if it sucks, that isn't going to kill me.

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DigitalNogi

Five dollars for these indie games is a great deal... but I would have probably bought it for those five dollars if the deal extended to Steam. I can only find it for $19.99 there... to which I say, "Not in my young queer life!"

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grorc

This is sad news for those of us that are against piracy and hate DRM.

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someuid

I agree.  This is sad that there are so many who would steal it just because no one is watching or they won't get caught.

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fuddco

I used to sell christmas trees for a guy,we sold them at 3 times the price of other lots but still made a profit. Why? Well we had a good product(very fresh,shape,service)and people will pay it if they want it bad enough and perceive that the price means a quality product.

The price isn't the problem though in this case, it's that you cant beat FREE. The internet proves that, look at the porn industry, they are losing money to free sites because free wins over paying almost every time.

People in general will always pick somthing for free if given the choice to do so, and they will justify stealing in order to get something free.

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Free_Willy

Getting it for free didn't seem to make it any better. Maybe I should try paying.

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Bucket_Monster

Honestly these indie games need to have more reasonable prices in the first place. $20 for this seems a bit too much.

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Zachary K.

yea, anyone willing to pirate wont pay a dime for anything if they can just pirate it. this just proves that bad DRM is better than no DRM (for the company, not for us).

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aviaggio

I don't know if that's universally true. While I'm sure there are a great many that do, I think there are a whole lot that don't. A lot has to do with price. Someone might not see the value in a game at $20, but be more than willing to pay $5.

Don't assume everyone who downloads stuff doesn't also spend a fair chunk of money legitimately buying stuff too. I think there was a recent study done about this that proved it.

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Muerte

My guess is that the people who already have pirated the game will not pay the 5 bucks anyhow.

I guess i can support a reasonable DRM seeing as how we will lose indie games if the don't protect themselves.

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