Of course it will never be possible to totally prevent anyone from copying the game, however shouldn't be the goal of DRM anyway. All you really need to do is make it more convenient to purchase a legitimate copy than to pirate one.
I think what you're missing is that DRM cannot play a role in that equation. DRM does not make it harder to pirate a game. Anyone who wants to can easily go pirate any game they're interested in. It might make it harder to buy the game and then upload a cracked copy, but all it takes is one person doing that, and then the game's up.
Your equation is absolutely correct, but the solution is not DRM, it's making the legitimate copy more convenient and attractive. It doesn't even have to be more convenient than pirating, because most people prefer to buy games than pirate them*. It just has to be close enough to not drive potential customers away.
* and anyone who is determined to pirate is never going to buy the game anyway, so they are not a potential customer in the first place
Does anyone here think that if a 16 year old "with intent to cause serious physical injury to another person by rendering such other person unconscious, and without provocation by such other person, causes such injury to such other person by striking such other person in the head" that they should NOT be tried as an adult and get at least 2 years?
I do. It makes no sense to try a child as an adult. The idea behind trying minors differently is that they have a reduced capacity to understand the consequences of their actions, or perhaps less understanding of the law, or of right and wrong. I don't understand why we would decide that's not the case for certain crimes.
A few years ago the American Chemical Society raised their prices 200% and promised yearly 15% after that... Several other journals have raised their prices by 30-35% this year. Increases like that are depressingly common.
I'm just pointing out that it's a fairly arbitrary assumption and other assumptions are equally valid - everything from the only thing he would need a TV for is GoT, so the cost is huge, or he would actually want to watch Breaking Bad, CSI, whatever else is on, so the GoT cost is low.
But it seems unlikely in the extreme that there are any significant number of people who are very interested in watching GoT and have no device capable of playing video. With no TV, no smartphone, no tablet, and no computer, how would you even get interested in the show to begin with? So there's no point in including that cost. On the other hand, there are clearly people whose only interest in broadcast TV is GoT.
I don't see any reason to say "Imagine the connections that can be made to Columbine" if he wasn't trying to say that Columbine had something to do with bullying. If the connection between Columbine and this situation being discussed isn't bullying, then what is it?
If you're willing to assume that the hypothetical person doesn't want to watch anything else on HBO, why not also assume that they don't want to watch anything else? A good TV could set you back $1,000 (?) so that's an extra $100 per episode.
No, that's an extra $1000. It's a fixed cost, so assigning it to episodes of GoT A) is problematic and B) depends on how many episodes there end up being, so is currently impossible.
Seriously, why the general shift from 24-26 down to 12-13 episodes per season?
Money. More specifically than that I'm not sure, but I guarantee it's about money. Possibly risk - the studios don't want to commit to 26 episodes only to "have to" cancel it midway through the season for poor ratings. With only a 13 episode season, they're investing less, so have less downside risk. And if it goes well, then they can renew for another season, so the only upside they're risking is losing viewers between seasons. And we've seen that the movie and TV studios are not into taking risks lately.
Any wonder they they started shooting schools up? Imagine the connections that can be made to Columbine for instance. Everyone recognizes bullying without much effort. But if a bullied person gets no justice... we risk them snapping in the worst possible ways.