In the new week, look out for a review of a great new game "Anodyne" released by Indie developer Analgesic Productions. But for now, you can appreciate the poise with which they chose to deal with pirates.
Analgesic’s Sean Hogan actually went ahead in comments left on torrent sites and Reddit and gave away gift keys to the Desura version, asked players for feedback, and requested a Steam Greenlight vote if pirates enjoyed the game.
In a quote, Hogan said:
“Piracy is inevitable so it’s better to embrace it – plus, it gives lots of people who couldn’t normally afford the game the opportunity to play it – and I think when you’re a small group of developers (only my friend Jon and I made Anodyne), it’s better to have lots of people able to experience your game. We hope enough people will like it and the word will get out, eventually allowing us to get onto Steam, which then lets more people see and play Anodyne."
Anodyne is available on Linux, Mac and PC. A demo is hosted on Newgrounds,
and later this week or early next, we'll have a review of this
atmospherically chilling spiritual successor to the 8 and 16-bit Zelda games of the past.Although
it's certainly a more "classy" way to respond to pirates than jumping
up and down and screaming, you have to wonder whether this gives
legitimacy to video game theft. Any thoughts?