So Capcom senior VP Christian “Sven” Svensson mentioned that Capcom is losing money because the Playstation Network is down. This is especially hard on Capcom, because the phone-home DRM Capcom uses has locked all of their Playstation customers out of their games.
Svensson went on to lament:
In short, the hackers appear to be trying to ‘punish’ Sony for some perceived injustice, and they’ve been effective in that I suppose. […] But they’re also punishing millions of other consumers and businesses which makes it impossible to be sympathetic to their ’cause.’
So Sven… the hackers have hurt everyone in their fight against Sony. And that seems unfair to you? How does that compare to all of the people YOU hurt in your fight against the pirates? Do you think locking people out of their games has made them sympathetic to your ’cause’? They paid you money for a game they can’t play because of your DRM. I’ll give the Sony hackers this much: At least when they aim at a target, they manage to hit it. Your fumbling has hurt every single paying customer and not one pirate, anywhere. The Sony hackers are criminals who, if caught, would face prison. But where will your customers go for justice? Your DRM hurt them, and only them, and they have no recourse whatsoever. You made sure of that.
I’m not mad that Sven saddled his games with phone-home DRM. We’ve been through that fight. That ship has sailed. What I am mad about is that four years into the great phone-home DRM experiment, Sven has yet to internalize the basic principles of the system that his company advanced. It’s as if he never actually considered the ramifications of what his company was doing, despite the fact that people in my corner of the industry have been screaming ourselves hoarse. Even now, when the damage is manifest and everyone is partaking of the ruinous fruit of this system, he still doesn’t seem to have a handle on what this must mean to people.
PSN is down. No online games. This is exactly the moment when people are likely to turn to their single-player titles for solace, only to find those locked away as well.
Yes Sven, the hackers hurt people. They’re criminals. What’s your excuse?
The Best of 2019
I called 2019 "The Year of corporate Dystopia". Here is a list of the games I thought were interesting or worth talking about that year.
Silent Hill Origins
Here is a long look at a game that tries to live up to a big legacy and fails hilariously.
The Gameplay is the Story
Some advice to game developers on how to stop ruining good stories with bad cutscenes.
Charging More for a Worse Product
No, game prices don't "need" to go up. That's not how supply and demand works. Instead, the publishers need to be smarter about where they spend their money.
A game I love. It has a solid main story and a couple of really obnoxious, cringy, incoherent side-plots in it. What happened here?