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Experimenting with Piracy – An Indie Mac Developer’s Perspective
"I was serious. I presented the pirates with a choice. A one-time, limited offer that was only good right there and then. They could either click the “No thanks, I’d rather just keep pirating this software button” or they could be taken directly to my store’s checkout page along with a hefty discount." A thoughtful post on dealing with piracy - and some lovely examples of copywriting to boot.
development  software  piracy  copywriting 
july 2011 by infovore
Land Of The Free | Five Players
"In their wisdom Sega had connected the console’s power board to the console with six wibbly-wobbly pins and made the disc tray’s lid switch from wishes. Dummying data to the edge of the CD was the least you could do for the asthmatic old dear’s clunking and whining laser." Wonderful piece from Five Players on Dreamcast piracy - and how the pirate community kept life in an undersupported piece of magic.
dreamcast  games  piracy  community 
october 2010 by infovore
GameSetWatch - DICE 09: Valve's Newell On 'Using Your Customer Base To Reach New Customers'
"In the 14 months since [TeamFortress 2] shipped, the PC version of the game has seen 63 updates – “that’s the frequency you want to be providing updates to your customers,” [Newell] adds. “You want to say, ‘We’ll get back to you every week. The degree to which you can engage your customer base in creating value for your other players” is key, says Newell. “When people say interesting or intelligent things about your product, it will translate directly into incremental revenue for the content provider.”" Great write-up from Chris Remo of Gabe Newell's DICE talk.
games  business  community  communication  piracy  valve  steam  gaas  gabenewell  digitaldistribution 
february 2009 by infovore
Pirates of the Amazon Firefox Add-on -
"The Firefox add-on "Pirates of the Amazon" inserts a "download 4 free" button on Amazon, which links to corresponding Piratebay BitTorrents. The add-on lowers the technical barrier to enable anyone to choose between "add to shopping cart" or "download 4 free". Are you a pirate?" Almost certainly not the first example; perhaps one of the best realised.
piracy  online  greasemonkey  plugin  torrent  free  subversion 
december 2008 by infovore
Gamers Are Here: Middle East Gaming | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
"Journalist Kareem Shaheen was attending at GAMES 2008 convention in Dubai, and asked us if we fancied writing anything about gaming in the Middle East. And we said HELL YES, as we like capitals." A nice, if brief, piece from Shaheen about a sector of gaming I know nothing about.
rockpapershotgun  games  gaming  culture  middleeast  dubai  society  play  piracy 
september 2008 by infovore

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