Upcoming Casual-Gaming Juggernaut The Sims 3 Pirated Weeks Early

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Keith E. Whisman

Well if they are going to relax on DRM then I'll go out and purchase this game and raffle it off at work. I never really could find playing digital barbie a manly thing to do. So what I'm getting at is that if you are a man and you play this game you sir are gay. But really I suggest that as consumers we reward the studios that go DRM free or at least go with limited DRM.

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Kaasiim

Of all the idiotic things I’ve ever read or written on this website,
(and mind you, there were some outrageously dumb things posted)
Your comment takes the mother of all cakes!
Can you please be a shitwhore somewhere else?

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Tekzel

I deny your generalization.  I have, in the past, played the Sims.  Granted, I spent most of my time trying to kill them off in creative ways, but thats not because I am a man.  Its because I am a closet sociopath.

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KaylaKaze

Neither disc-based nor server activation DRM works. However, if you don't want your game to leak early, don't delay it 5 months to "promote awareness of" it. If your game is so far done that you can go gold a month before release, the game WILL get leaked.

 And I'd recommend every Sims fan WHO STILL HAS A JOB THAT PAYS A LIVING WAGE to pick this game up.

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Kakkoii

" “Support the software developers. If you like this game, BUY IT!” Seems
a like a strange place for morality to come into play, but hey, why not? "

 

Wow, that comment right there made me lose respect for you Andy. I'm sorry that you have such a basic view of Piracy, but that'sno reasons to call thousands of people immoral.

 The reason it says "If you like this game, BUY IT!" is because that's what real pirates stand for. Just like at a Car Dealership, you try out the car, and if you like it you buy it. That's what piracy is about, taking things for a test drive. It also allows people who truly can't afford lots of games, or even any games at all for that matter, to still experience these great creations. Any true artist would wan't as many people to play their game, money or not. If a person never had the money to being with, how is there anything lost? It's merely imaginary money lost in the minds of the greedy.

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samduhman

So, it's ok for me to go out and spend my hard earned money on these games (which I do to support PC gaming and it's developers/pubs) while you steal them becuase you can't afford them!? Good job in convincing yourself of that BS. <rolls eyes>

I'd like to know how many people who pirate games actually buy them after playing it for free. I bet you less than 5% and not at full original retail price. The only arena where I've seen this work is at LAN parties. Mutiple gamers spawn off a copy of a retail game . If the game becomes a regular those gamers go out to buy the game so they don't have to keep asking for disc 1 for the cd check. IMHO, LAN play should be spawnable becuase it does promote the game in an active live setting but keep single and online locked down. Blizzard used to allow it in its early days.

By the way the huge "majority" (not all) of these game devs aren't artist. They are just in it to make a buck. They don't want to give you the game for free. Any true artist would create something unique and not continue to push rehashed game play/styles on us. Then ask for donations if you like the game.

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sethdil

Has anyone considered the fact that EA themselves might have leaked it.
With all the negative backlash their use of DRM has gotten them what
better way to vindicate themselves than to be able to point at the
"Pirated" Sims 3 and cry victim!!!

Then they can start pushing for even more restrictive DRM and take their horrible "Victimized"selves to court during the DRM suits and point to the "pirated" Sims3
and say "See this is why we used such brutal copy protection judge, we
are not evil people". It would not be the first time in history that a company has done so

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schmitty6633

I feel so bad for game developers because if they put hard copy protection on the game they are critisized, critisized, and even more so the game get bad ratings on Amazon. BUT, if they make it all nice and DRM-free pirates go crazy and steal, steal, steal. It's losing either way. Bottom line: Pirates need to GET A FRICKIN LIFE AND THINK OF OTHER PEOPLE!!!

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Tekzel

I wouldn't go crusading for either side if I were you.  Both carry part of the blame.  The gaming industry is guilty of very often putting out crappy content or buggy that you can't return and get a refund for premium dollars.  So, people turn to piracy to "try it before I buy it".  However, people rarely actually go and buy it after they try it as deep down, people are vile.  I have been a gamer for a looooong time and have pirated my share of games.  I almost never bought the games I pirated (one very notable exception being Deus Ex, best game ever, and my copy will be buried with me), and the same goes for everyone I know and knew.  I am poor, will likely remain poor and thus instead of pirating the games, which I felt really bad for, I just stopped playing them for the most part.

Part of the problem?  Games are HUGELY over priced.  $49.99 is too much in my opinion.  The normal price for PC games should be about $29.99.  In fact, they should always sell two versions of every game:  One with multiplayer and one much cheaper for those of us who have no interest in muliplayer gameplay any more.  

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maniacm0nk3y

At least it doesn't have DRM on it.

 

I never really understood how playing "life" on the computer could be so fun. I played once and got bored almost immediately.

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thegamepro

I feel bad for EA because they learned their lessons about harsh DRM and it still gets pirated.  Whats the point of pirating the game if you are going to "buy it anyway."  I can understand the "NoCd cracks" but if you download the game weeks before its release, then you are just stealing it.  If you really want people to buy the game then don't upload the torrent and give the game a positive review on amazon.  Real fans of the game will wait for its official release and pay for it legitamatly. 

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Queenof1

I'm one of those fans. I can't wait until it's officially released :)

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DBsantos77

I agree, pay for it instead. It must be worthwhile game after the 2nd one, plus the game designers need their pay in a cruddy economy too!

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DBsantos77

I agree, pay for it instead. It's a worthwhile game, plus the game designers need their pay in a cruddy economy too!

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Digital-Storm

Its not the question of whos pirating it. It is the question of who leaked it.

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