Another thing that happened over the weekend was the release of a game called GameDev Tycoon. Essentially, it’s a game developer simulation title. You start off with a small game development company which is based out of a garage. Your task is to make it into a huge game developer like Nintendo, EA, or Ubisoft. So what’s unique about this niche title?
Well, you will be able to make progress until a certain point, where your product is being seriously pirated. The thing to note that this feature only exists in a pirated version of the game which is available on BitTorrent (uploaded by Greenheart Games, the developer of this title). They talk about what happens in full on the Greenheart Games blog
Just for the record, I am completely against piracy. I love supporting the developers by paying for the game.
In my opinion, this is quite a creative way to get pirates to pay for the game. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good measure. As with any other game it won’t be too long before someone figures out a workaround to circumvent this rather unique DRM system.
However, if someone wants to try the game first then they should really download the free trial. If you like it then buy it, and if you don’t like it then don’t buy it. It’s that simple. I am not trying to be controversial, I’m just being honest.