Their patrons responded to this love by pirating 10 copies of Demigod for every 1 that was purchased. Then they overloaded their servers because Stardock had massively understimated how many pirates there were.
Very curious to know how this have can happen... how everybody have can access the servers without valid serial... how these special test version who don't need serial have leak the outside world... For these who know a little the "scene", they will certainly acknowledge that pirate receive some version of game BEFORE any release, in some case of concurrent business...
Then, all the pirates created a storm of negative PR about how the servers sucked, all of them pretending they had bought the game.
Actually a lot of pirate have made good comment and push people to buy the game... only a few hardcore a$$hole have insult the other who ask people to buy the game... a list of comment from a DemiGod torrent ( who show the internal discussion between people who use PB ( piratebay ) ( have copy them since i don't think that Stardock will love a direct link to a Demigood torrent page ) :
guys, im urging you not to steal this. stardock is the one company that trusts gamers, and intentionally didn't put in copy protection because they thought that we were above stealing it. now all the pirated copies of the game are crashing their servers, and all this is showing is that the one company that actually trusts gamers and doesnt treat us like criminals is wrong. keep this up, and they wont even exist anymore. theres no "i hate drm" or "its not available in my area" argument with this. all you are doing is putting the one company that trusted you out of buisness.
Download this torrent, give it a try, and if you like it, go ahead and give Stardock that few dollars for the game. Stardock has been more than generous by not implementing tons of DRM or protection in their games, and they didn't even freak out about piracy when their servers almost went down from not being able to handle the amount of pirated copies of the game trying to connect. Supporting them by giving them a few bucks for a game you like will not only let them keep making games, but will show other companies that DRM and treating all of your customers like criminals is not the way to go.
I wish there was another way to try the game but the darn company didn't make a full trial! sheesh. Oh well. If I like it, I'll buy it. Looks interesting for sure.
If you like it, buy it! Support DRM-free games.
don't download, buy it! support drm-free software!
Companies like stardock are virtually non-existent. Support them, please. They gave you the great game Sins of a Solar Empire and now this. Great company.
their is so much crap out there these days that you just have to play the game first before you think about paying 50 bucks. if i do use a torrent, its to see how the game is, then i go out and buy it. i hope demigod it great, just so i can go out and buy a copy to support stardock.
If you like it, buy it! Support DRM-free games.
The only reason I am thinking about "pirating" is because I'm not sure if it will run on my laptop. If there was a demo to try I wouldn't even consider it.
anon one, what's wrong with you? pirating is awesome, makes it possible to play great games for free without playing a dime!! as for paying bla bla bla, corporations this and that i don't see it as our or anyone's responsibility to pay someone just because they didn't protect their software very much.. assholes, if u dont wanna dl, stfu.
whatswithyellowketchup ( note : first a$$hole )
Definitely download it and try it...it's great. I've got a purchased copy, but i thought that i'd just comment on the torrent since i saw it up. The guys at Stardock and Ironclad Games (they also created Sins of a Solar Empire, which is just fucking fantastic...i can't stop playing it!) do a great job. Some of their other games (which are mostly a few years old) weren't so good, but it's awesome to go on the forums and read comments left there from the guy who owns Stardock. Anyway, get the game, and perhaps Sins of a Solar Empire...i'd love more people to play online with
guys.. please buy this game. They deserve it!!! Download, try it and buy it. Stardock trusts us and we should support them. Cheers. Long live TPB
Downloading to see what performance I can expect.Support Stardock everyone.
I agree, I for one am not downloading this. Stardock deserves better.
I agree with Doctor Worm, Stardock is one of the few good guys when it comes to publishers. If you like the game buy it or at least don't play the multiplayer aspect to the game. Stardock has taken a firm stance against DRM. This should be respected.
People! If you like this game plase buy it! Stardock and GPG really deserves it. At least don't ram their servers with this "test" version. Remember! We can show to the EA and others that Stardock made the right choice! I hope that they won't find their trust misplaced.
For god sakes people try the game if you like it buy it stardock deserve that. i tried gal civ 2 then went n bought it so do da same support the good guys.....soz about the rant
Saw Demigod here, but since its Stardock I decided that I would buy it instead. I respect Stardock. I was going to download this and then buy it if I like it. But I knew I prob would forget about buying, so I just went straight for a buy. The games awesome. Please support one of the last good publishers around.
and more... normally, comment are about how install the torrent, how the game is and some "thank you"... but in these case, the main subject if the distributor ( Stardock ) show in a positive way... seem that the process have make PB user more hard but that in the case of Stardock with Demigod, a lot of user of PB ( more that 90% ) are for people buying it... I think that if it was not a Stardock game, the ratio will not have be 10 for one but maybe 1000 for one !!! So comment simply show that Stardock is on the right way... that if more distributor work like Stardock, in the long term, piracy will lower... Maybe with time, people will buy Stardock product without the need to pirate it first... Stardock is working on building a trusted relation between them and their customer... it is a long term work... and in the last 20 years, other business have make everything who was possible for destroy the trust between business and customer...
Hmmm, if i remember my old loggin/password from PB, i will leave a positive comment related to Stardock... for these who find that piracy is bad, stop complain here... post at PB... not some insult because it lead to nothing... simply say what you think in a polite way... mentality need to change at both side... business need to learn why people use pirate game and try to correct the problem, usual user and pirate need to support business like Stardock who give us back our freedom... don't be a anti pirate but become a promotion guy for business like Stardock who respect their user... the justice way is not the good way, result is that the pirate side have become more extremist and have grow... sure that the actual impartiality of the judge will lead again to more support for the pirate...