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Goodbye Galaxy Games reacts to Renegade Kid DS/3DS piracy post

Goodbye Galaxy Games reacts to Renegade Kid DS/3DS piracy post
James
  • On January 2, 2013

A few days ago, Jools Watsham from Renegade Kid made a post about piracy with the 3DS and DS. (Find it here) Now Hugo Smith from Goodbye Galaxy Games has a different take on piracy.

Jools writes about his fear of the 3DS getting hacked and how his game Dementium II sold around half as much as the first game (Dementium). Jools blames these poor sale figures solely on piracy.
Every time a developer brings up piracy it feels to me they are putting their heads in the sand. It’s such an easy scapegoat to point your finger at, especially without any factual proof.
There are tons of other reasons that seem just as legit as piracy. For one, the game wasn’t as wildly available (at least I haven’t seen any copy on store shelves). Secondly, it came late into the Nintendo DS lifecycle opposed to the first game. At this point the Nintendo DS established itself as a casual gaming handheld, yet the game was aimed at a more mature and hardcore public.
This might also be the reason why the game wasn’t as wide spread as the first game. Shop owners might have been more inclined to put the latest puzzle games on their store shelf instead of a FPS game.