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Crysis 2 leaked 49 days early.

Submitted by: LordMelkor @ 05:41 AM | Saturday, February 12, 2011 | (url: http://kotaku.com...)

According to a thread of the Facepunch forums (which may or may not be deleted any second depending how the Facepunch server holds up), a developer build of Crysis 2 containing the full game, multiplayer and the master key for the online authentication has been leaked, and is currently freely available from various file sharing hubs. Crysis 2 was scheduled for release on the 22nd of March.

[Paraphrased from Rock, Paper, Shotgun]

Category: PC Gaming | 15 Comments
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US government finally admits most piracy estimates are bogus

Submitted by: SINep @ 02:27 AM | Saturday, April 17, 2010 | (url: http://arstechnic...)

We've all seen the studies trumpeting massive losses to the US economy from piracy. One famous figure, used literally for decades by rightsholders and the government, said that 750,000 jobs and up to $250 billion a year could be lost in the US economy thanks to IP infringement. A couple years ago, we thoroughly debunked that figure. For years, Business Software Alliance reports on software piracy assumed that each illicit copy was a lost sale. And the MPAA's own commissioned study on movie piracy turned out to overstate collegiate downloading by a factor of three.

Can we trust any of these claims about piracy?

The US doesn't think so. In a new report out yesterday, the government's own internal watchdog took a close look at "efforts to quantify the economic effects of counterfeit and pirated goods." After examining all the data and consulting with numerous experts inside and outside of government, the Government Accountability Office concluded (PDF) that it is "difficult, if not impossible, to quantify the economy-wide impacts."

More specific studies that focus only on single industries don't fare much better because "the illicit nature of counterfeiting and piracy makes estimating the economic impact of IP infringements extremely difficult." And when it comes time to choose a substitution rate (how much of the infringing activity should be counted as a lost sale), we're left only with "assumptions... which can have enormous impacts on the resulting estimates."

The GAO then went on to slam three particular reports often linked to the government. They're all commonly cited, they're all bogus, and at least one is still being used officially.

Category: Software | 31 Comments
Tags: piracy

Sony BMG's hypocrisy: company busted for using warez

Submitted by: Elvis Hitler @ 01:01 PM | Wednesday, April 2, 2008 | (url: http://arstechnic...)

Sony BMG is no stranger to piracy. As one of the most vocal supporters of the RIAA and IFPI antipiracy efforts, the company has some experience hunting down and punishing consumers who don't pay for its products. The company is getting some experience on the other side of the table, however, now that it's being sued for software piracy.


RIAA wants to tax everyone

Submitted by: Yetskii @ 02:11 PM | Friday, March 28, 2008 | (url: http://www.portfo...)

Edgar Bronfman Jr.'s Warner Music Group has tapped industry veteran Jim Griffin to spearhead a controversial plan to bundle a monthly fee into consumers' internet-service bills for unlimited access to music.


UK ISPs to become Piracy Police

Submitted by: Zengei @ 12:49 PM | Friday, February 22, 2008 | (url: http://news.bbc.c...)

By 2009 ISPs in the UK may be forced to actively restrict piracy on their networks or face sanctions. Of course this move is lauded by the record industry.

Category: Technology | 3 Comments
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Orange Box PC Outsells Consoles

Submitted by: Evil Light Bulb @ 11:14 AM | Friday, February 22, 2008 | (url: http://www.tomsga...)

In regards to PC sales being stronger than consoles...

"Rob Wright: How much stronger, exactly?

Doug Lombari: I'd say significantly stronger, at least a two-digit percentage increase over the console sales. And that includes Steam sales, retail sales, and now individual sales of Portal, Team Fortress 2, and Half-Life 2: Episode 2. So when you take the PC numbers for The Orange Box a la carte, they're significantly higher."

In the same vein Company of Heroes developer, Josh Mosqueira, noted that total Steam sales of CoH were roughly equivalent to the number of copies sold at Best Buy. Unfortunately, he also went on to state that the number of people downloading patches is 'substantially' greater than the number of people that have purchased the game.