The lights are on
Joining the list of developers that oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act, Bungie threw its name in the hat this afternoon.
"Bungie is opposed to any legislation that curtails free speech, stifles innovation, and prevents the open sharing of information on the Internet," the company wrote on its website. "SOPA fits that bill. If it passes, it will hurt our community, the gaming community at large, and it could very well cripple the kind of games we love to create and play."Just like online piracy, that would be downright criminal."
Bungie joins other game companies that oppose the bill, including Epic Games, Runic Games, Mojang, and Riot Games.
"In a clumsy effort to curtail online piracy, this messy piece of legislation will, if passed, negatively impact both the games we make and the people who play them," Bungie added.
I love Bungie. Even when I didn't have 360 I loved them. This just makes them more awesome.
give 'em hell!
Ah yes Bungie, a developer for the people, lol. But seriously, I love you Bungie. <3
I guess SOPA would affect sales of their own Pirate game: Pimps at Sea now wouldn't it?
I love you Bungie. I hope to love 343i as well
Some context would be nice instead of just copying the Bungie press release.
It's kind of interesting how the developers go and how the publishers go. It tells you a lot.
This battle against SOPA keeps getting interesting! Its just like the Rebel Alliance vs The Galactic Empire!
Stop trying to change the system. It's fine the way it is.
Bungie seems to understand what many game companies don't. Having footage of your game out there is great for your business. I'm willing to bet many copies of the Halo games were sold based on things like Red Vs Blue, Achievement Horse, and Fails of the Weak. Things like that highlight the fun and interesting aspects of your game and show the type of entertainment you can get out of it.
Many studios seem to do everything they can to keep you from seeing actual gameplay before you purchase the game. Demos, a former staple of the industry, are now released AFTER the game in many cases. Videos are pulled down from Youtube in the hopes your only exposure to the game is the trailer the COMPANY polishes and provides. It's this practice coupled with insane DRM practices that drive people to pirate games more than anything else.
And when a company rallies against streaming gameplay videos, it shows a fundamental misunderstanding of their own medium. They treat games as if they are the same as movies or music. They fail to realize or acknowledge that video games are NOT a static medium. Your experience will differ greatly from the other person behind the controller. The joy of gaming does not come from watching the game, but from experiencing it, and that is something you cannot do through streaming video. Streaming does not cost these companies money any more than someone watching a friend play the game does. If any thing, it can increase profits. Streaming gameplay can show the game as it truly is and make the audience crave that experience for themselves. There's something to be said for seeing a game unfiltered. You get to see it as it is, without the fear that the developers are pulling the digital wool over your eyes.