All well and good but only if you are 100% certain every user will be online. A big message on the box to say you need an internet connection is no big deal though and you can be fairly sure 99% of linux gamers are on the net.With online verification there is very little need for physical media. If they are going to do online verification then just torrent the iso and sell the key online. Less overhead, faster delivery, can yell the "We're Green" madness leading to greater profits.
For the copy protection, the key would have to be validated online or one key would work for every game. Bit stupid on my part, the torrent connection isn't going to come through the post That does leave folks with no connection out in the cold but torrents and an emailed, individual key would be the best distribution method, could even leave a section of the torrented file usable with no key so it doubles up as the demo.
X3 should work well through wine since they released the patch to remove Starforce.
Last edited by miles; 06-23-2008 at 08:50 PM.
thats just stupid, DRM doesent protect SHIT, and if those "businessmen" and the "commercial world" thinks that, what they need is not to be obeyed, they need to be put in a damn mental institution to be studied, in hopes of finding a cure..Default
It just happens at every thread, now does it?
LGP's copy protection system though would force users to go online, wouldn't it?
I used to work on Linux software house and the management beat on us to put in a copy protection mechanism on the software. It's really how the commercial world works. These businessmen are interested in protecting their investment. If something is sold in the software world, eventually, the business thinks about the protection of their sale. Unfortunately for us, this means Game Copy Protection in the case of LGP.
Deal with it and move on. It's here to stay, as far as I'm concerned. You don't like it? Don't buy it.
You could twist the situation and still find a way it would affect the market (like getting more users to know the game and talk about it, but actually we, as gamers, talk about games we don't even play anyway), but that's not really going to be much relevant to Windows/Linux gaming situation.
And some game publishers still deserve to be supported, even if they don't develop games for Linux, be it Wii, PS3 or Windows games developers. Everyone will have their criteria in this regard, but there's the Windows ecosystem and there's the game ecosystem, the 2 are different agendas, and even though you might be satisfied with today's PC gaming, I'm not of that opinion, and I'd rather support what I'd like to play but isn't the fad atm.
On a personal note, weaning myself of Windows games didn't help making games for Linux happen. I just stopped playing games for years, going instead for online Go (IGS). It's only thanks to wine and playing Windows (horror!) games thanks to it that I've come back to video gaming, and a possible LGP customer. So I don't think encouraging people to steer away from Windows gaming is gonna help Linux gaming at all - people either stop playing games completely when they switch fully to Linux, or buy a game console. If you want to get them into Linux gaming, you need to keep them PC (=Windows) gamers. Once they're lost to PC gaming, it's too late.
I can understand that one needs to defend its beefsteak, but actually you'd be surprised how many programs works flawlessly through wine. The little "so it's okay, just going to have operational issues from time to time" are not advancing your cause in any way, more the contrary. All things being fair, closed-source native Linux applications (I'd say games included) also have "operational issues from time to time" and sometimes (often, considering I know what I'm running through wine) can do far worse.
So yeah, EVE Online uses wine to run on Linux, and with the respect I've developed for the wine project, that's something they should actually brag about. In regard to bugs (since that was the context of your sentence, not in regard to Linux development support) that's not a bad thing, some native Linux closed-apps have far worse results than what wine can do.