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Piracy - Alternate Solution?

01-14-2010, 12:08 PM
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Piracy - Alternate Solution?

Some new data about app piracy was released, and had this thought that I wanted to share while the topic is back on people's minds.

My feeling is that a large part of the piracy problem is caused by teenagers without access to credit cards or payment options. Asking their parents every time they want to download an app is more trouble than just grabbing a pack of 20 games from a torrent site.

I think it would be great if AT&T or iTunes started selling parents on adding iTunes credit to their children's accounts in a monthly amount. The parents subscribe them, and the kids get a set amount of money to spend on iTunes each month.

This might exist in some form, but I don't believe it can be added to a phone account, and I've never seen iTunes promote it, especially not for apps. But, I think if parents bought into it, we could see a lot more sales from impulsive kids, and a decrease in the amount they pirate for apps that they would normally pay for.
01-14-2010, 12:34 PM
#2


Parents can also order them online and get a virtual gift card emailed.

I don't know enough about the iphone/ipod hardware, but xbox/playstations were only able to play pirated games if they were hard modded. No one in the right mind would go mod their iphone to play games if that's what it took.

01-14-2010, 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted by MrBlue View Post


Parents can also order them online and get a virtual gift card emailed.

I don't know enough about the iphone/ipod hardware, but xbox/playstations were only able to play pirated games if they were hard modded. No one in the right mind would go mod their iphone to play games if that's what it took.


To mod the iPod, or iPhone is just 1 click now a days.... no hardware mods needed where have you been?
01-14-2010, 01:08 PM
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Yeah, gift cards fill the same function. But, they are marketed as a tool for buying music.

I guess, it would help if parents were more conscious that kids need money to buy these games. Software is basically an honor-based system and I think parents would find ways to help keep their kids honest if they realized their children were just gonna take what they can't buy.

Getting AT&T to put an automatic amount of credit on a child's account, just like texting or voice minutes would be great for those of us trying to sell games.
01-14-2010, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by HoorayForEverything View Post
it would help if parents were more conscious that kids need money to buy these games.
It must be nice to be a kid these days!!

I can just imagine my parents reaction if I'd asked them for an extra allowance for games when I was a kid.
01-14-2010, 01:30 PM
#6
I don't worry about piracy anymore. People will either pay for games or not, and there isn't much we can do to change it.

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01-14-2010, 01:45 PM
#7
Find a way to make your game free .. that is what we are doing.
01-14-2010, 01:50 PM
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what ever happened to "you get nothing, and like it!" that's what my dad used to say.

Why do kids need to have such luxuries? If you don't have a job, you don't get no games!

Honestly, you're assuming everyone has money here. What about the kids that download games because their parents are poor and they have a stolen iPhone/touch?

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01-14-2010, 01:59 PM
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Originally Posted by dancerdudes View Post
To mod the iPod, or iPhone is just 1 click now a days.... no hardware mods needed where have you been?
I know. I've tried it myself.

No security feature is completely safe, but some may set enough of a barrier (require a hardware mod) to deter most casual pirates. I just remember it was a huge PITA to mod the PS2 (51 pin solder or something) and risked bricking the whole thing. It's probably an unfair comparison since consoles have to have the physical disc in the drive.
01-14-2010, 02:18 PM
#10
There's already a solution like that from Apple. You can give your kids a monthly allowance to their iTunes account. And you don't have to give them your credit card.

Kids still get allowance nowadays, right? This would be the same thing.