Dementium Developer Deeply Concerned about Piracy on 3DS

Mutant Mudds and Dementium developer Jools Watsham is concerned about the potential of rampant software piracy on the Nintendo 3DS after a hacker claimed that he (or she?) was able to take full control of the hand-held system, according to Eurogamer.

Tiny Cartridge reports that a hacker going by the nickname "Neimod" says that he has managed to take full control over an unmodified 3DS, allowing him to load pirated software. He notes that the software holes he used to accomplish this could be patched easily and he notes that he has no plans to share his methods for loading unauthorized software with the general public.

Watsham, who runs indie developer Renegade Kid, said in a recent blog post that rampant piracy could have dire consequences on developer support for the 3DS. He compared sales of his first game, the DS titles Dementium and Dementium 2 as evidence of the effect piracy can have on sales.

"Piracy on the Nintendo DS crippled the DS retail market, especially in Europe," he wrote. "We'll never know how/if Dementium II landed in as many hands as the first game, Dementium: The Ward, due to the rampant piracy at the time. Dementium: The Ward sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide, which is a great success for an original mature-rated title on the DS. Recorded sales of Dementium II are less than half that. We'll never truly know why that was so, but many seem to believe that piracy had a lot to do with it."

He goes on to say that, if piracy becomes a widespread occurrence on the 3DS, he will have no choice but to stop supporting the platform with new games. He also does not agree with the idea that piracy leads to more games sales:

"Some say that piracy leads to more game sales, claiming that it enables players to try before they buy. Bullshit. The percentage of people who will spend money on a game that they already got for free is surely very small – especially with so many 'free' games already in the market. The line between what should/should not be free is getting very blurry."

Despite his strong concerns about piracy on the 3DS, Watsham is hopeful that Nintendo will deal with the problem:

"The good news is that Nintendo has the ability to put up a good fight against pirates due to 3DS system updates and such," he said. "Let's hope this is enough to stop piracy. Time will tell."

Source: Eurogamer

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    GrimCW says:

    couldn't have anything to do with the problem where 90% of the DS games are just rehashed rabble of the last 500 games that were made, or some sort of remake of already overdone flash games on the PC for the past 15 years, now could it?

    While some good games, they are truly hard to find amidst the rubbish repetitive remakes of the same thing over and over again.

    The only real problem with piracy is the attempts constantly to thwart it hurting the real customers, and the publicity they give it by constantly crying about it.

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    Hevach says:

    I can think of a lot of reasons why Dimentium 2 didn't sell as well as Dimentium 1… piracy is not one of them. Piracy was just as rampant on the DS when the first game came out as the second, both games should have been affected similarly.

    Some real reason? The first game was disappointing to a lot of people who bought it, both got mediocre reviews but the second's were full of the "more of the same" curse that makes a mediocre review sound like a bad one… Even the general market: First person shooters on the DS in general had declined at that point, the inputs made it a bit easier to manage than earlier handhelds but they were still awkward and the system was better suited to a number of other genres.

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