Gah. I thought TechDirt of all places would know better than to mix developers and publishers! Who are the guys making the decisions to keep you from using used games? Publishers. The developers have no say in the discussion. This is the nature of the developer-publisher relationship right now. The publisher can even dictate parts of your game and you either comply or be fired (and they keep your company and all your franchises). This is why the indie movement is so important: it means publishers can't boss us around anymore. That means more room for risk and better games.
Please don't blame the poor developers for what their publishers demand.
Waaaay out of date guys. Where's the stuff about how it was hacked into developer mode and made to run offline, totally disproving these statements once and for all? And how EA put a patch to stop it, and the hackers already fixed it?
Politics have a term for that: anarchy. Complete and total freedom is impossible to sustain in a civilized world. Sometimes people disagree, sometimes people steal, sometimes people kill eachother for dumb reasons, on and on. These things happen in the animal kingdom, and the only solution is to steal back, kill more, etc. But with humans, we have intelligence and communication that animals do not have, so in a lack of structure, a thief and a killer can assemble other thieves and killers to create a mob, to better steal and kill. Then the people outside the ruling class get sick of the ruling mob, and make their own mob and they kill eachother. Then whoever wins makes a new structure. This is how governments were made.
There is no way for us to exist without structure like government. Having structure is why we are civilized: we need something to say what is wrong and right and to punish those that break those boundaries. The idea of democracy is to accept these truths, and build a structure that we can can all agree on, and adjust as we go. It's not perfect, but it certainly beats the rule of strongest mob.
That being said, our current government is way overkill. But that is no reason to throw the baby out with the bath water, as the saying goes.
Are you going to complete your project and then put it in the public domain or otherwise give it away for free?
No, but I'm not going to chase after pirates either, and I'm certainly not going to charge $60 for the thing. We're still discussing monetization, but whatever it is going to be, it will respect that the market today isn't the one of a decade ago.
Developers can get paid without being draconian morons. Indie developers can't ignore reality like big publishers try to.
As an indie video game developer working on getting my first game complete, I promise you, it's not about the money. I'm broke, I eat cereal pretty much morning noon and night, and I've spent hundreds of hours on my project improving both it and me, all without making a cent.
I kinda of disagree with the author on this one. As someone who has dialup, trust me, we have to goad the telecoms with something. There wouldn't even be power and telephone lines here if it wasn't for the encentives in the great depression. Something has to be done, because otherwise the telecoms will happily exclude millions of people because of their shortsightedness.
Here's what I think. The companies are supportive of it, so use it as a chance to redo the whole system. Set up proper accounting and insure that every dollar is spent appropriately. Obviously there will be loopholes and problems, but if you start with a good foundation and fix things as they come up, you can make it work. THEN, after you have a good basis, you alter how money is collected. Obviously the interstate telephone tax is not sustainable, so something else will be done. I imagine, they could set it up so people pay the same amount give or take, but it's for broadband and not telephone service. That way, as telephone service fades away, the USF will be sustained.
3G and 4G tablets have never taken off. The market shows that most people are perfectly fine with using a tablet solely over wifi for the chance to avoid cellular pricing. What this allows is that people can use tablets in the primarily over wifi, but can also update their twitter feeds and check facebook while away from wifi. THAT is where this comes in, and it's a brilliant move.
If the legacy Telecoms weren't so busy with revenue per costumer, they probably would have done something like this themselves to open users up to a cellular tablet.
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