Serious Sam: Double D dev makes plea to pirates

After PC action spin-off cracked within hours of launch, Mommy's Best Games sets up ability to donate directly to the studio, asks those who enjoyed title to support it.

Late last month, the side-scrolling shooter Serious Sam: Double D debuted on PC downloadable storefronts and was promptly made available through shadier avenues of the Internet. According to Mommy's Best Games developer Nathan Fouts, pirates had cracked and distributed the game through their own channels within five hours of Double D going up on Steam.

These giant saw-handed monkey bosses aren't going to develop themselves.

In a post on the Mommy's Best Games blog, Fouts called it "flattering" that there was enough interest in the game for it to be cracked so quickly, but expressed concern about the impact piracy has had on the bottom line. As a result, he pleaded with those who downloaded the cracked version to either buy a legitimate copy or donate directly to the developer through a PayPal button in the blog post.

"Mommy's Best Games is a very small company of passionate developers, but passion doesn't manifest peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on our plates," Fouts said. "We also need money in exchange for our fun games--if we miss out on a few hundred or thousand sales of the game due to pirating it's a BIG DEAL for us." (Emphasis in original.)

Speaking with GameSpot, Fouts said he'd prefer to ask those users to contribute nicely "rather than throw a fit."

"I figure devs complain all the time about pirates, but honestly I wanted this to be more a reminder to pay if you liked it rather than a 'Don't steal my game, you owe me money!' sort of reprimanding," Fouts said.

An Xbox 360 edition of Serious Sam: Double D has also been announced, but it doesn't have a release window.

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145 comments
pain_killerz
pain_killerz

i need to buy this game on steam..i already have the steam but i need to BUY the game ._.

Mortz_88
Mortz_88

Just bought Double D and Random encounter on steam, happy to support games like this!

VeloRakic
VeloRakic

Pirating is very bad M'kay...

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@Arch-Stanton Totally, couldn't agree more. We've only got ourselves to blame as a general community, the problem is that the minority make the rest of us suffer. Look at what happened to the music industry; gaining hold of music illegally has always been easy - in the old days it was recording music form the radio on to cassette, then came copying CD's, and now it's file sharing websites. Whilst we all continue to get what we want by various means the industry will always suffer, as a result the prices get pushed up, which in turn makes more people use illegal sources. The problem now is that with the 'inclusion' of DLC (most of which is clearly just left out from the game to be sold later), people don't feel they're getting what they paid for in the first place. Rockstar did a great job with Red Dead Redemption, sadly the world of access codes and restrictions will no doubt only make matters worse.

Arch-Stanton
Arch-Stanton

@warhawk-geeby Very true.I think the problem is social conditioning, from the start many parents are encourage to buy lots of stuff for there kids which grows a. selfish "I want it now" attitude in children (spoilt brats).Then when they are teenagers they are conditioned to buy heaps stuff preferable designer stuff otherwise they are not cool, 2ndly that they should have a personal goal of being rich at any cost regardless of the cost to others,morals or the law.(GFC, Bankers).It's good to know that are strong people who are not conditioned with that crap or can rationalise that devs will go broke so there will be less games on the shelves. Also there is a balance, retailers should not be so greedy otherwise it will only encourage piracy.Here in OZ the latest games cost $80-$100 AUD ea.I buy all my titles off eBay from UK and India ($20-$45) for PC.

DKant
DKant

This is so awesome. This is something I've been thinking about for the longest time, just didn't think it could or would in fact happen. I love these guys already. If I actually am interested in and buy the game at any point, I'm also hitting that Donate button as an extra. I just feel a little sad right now that I don't feel like buying this game right away. Btw to everyone moaning about devs not doing enough to curtail piracy, are you frigging serious? Piracy has no end, and there never will be a 'final solution' that will solve the piracy issue once and for all. Kinda like crime? People have been trying to stop crimes for thousands of years of human civilization now with very little success. You cannot STOP pirates just as you cannot STOP crime. The best you can do is educate those around you, especially kids, and hope it sticks. Meanwhile, when a dev like this actually reaches out to users instead of slapping an always-on internet connection requirement on their games, please learn to appreciate it. Go MBG! :)

Evenios
Evenios

yeah no offence but game devs should find out ways to prevent games from being cracked but they dont and the only efforts they do are easily cracked by most people and only cause problems for those who buy the actual game. To be honest not a ton of earth shattering games out lately so.....sorry!

Crystall3d
Crystall3d

Since 2003, very few games deserved a "buy", uncharted perhaps... shadow of colossus and a few ... majority is just junk i regret every purchase i need to make lately, they are not avdancing the videogame techology, jus mliking it and i am not buying...

Kayweg
Kayweg

criminals will be criminals. Full sympathy here to the people who condemn piracy (as do i). But you wouldn't try to talk sense into a drug dealer, burglar or car thief, right ? Same thing really. The games industry (just as the movie and music industry) has tried several ways to stop or at least lessen the impact of piracy, all of which ended up being a punishment or at least nuisance for legit buyers (meaning US). And they will keep trying, hopefully finding THE ONE solution one day....highly unlikely. We as customers are powerless, what we can do though is to KEEP buying legit products and try to influence our kids and friends to do the same. Coz they are the ones we CAN have an impact on.....on the pirates we can't, no matter how many outraged replies we post on gamespot. :)

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@Arch-Stanton It's what the world has come to. Human Rights and legal issues basically mean there's little authorities and enforcement can do any more. For some odd and bizarre reason some folks just believe they have a 'right'. The London riots were a prime example. One of the rioters actually stated the reason for their action was because "It's not just rich people that deserve this stuff, we can have it to, and we just showing everyone that we can take what we want". I don't know what happened, but coming on these threads just highlights some of the issues in the world. Thieves are thieves, end of.

The_Rook
The_Rook

See below. 5 dollars people. That's only 5 junior bacon cheeseburgers! ... and Terraria only cost me 2 and 1/2 !

The_Rook
The_Rook

I wanted Batman: Arkham Asylum so bad when it came out. Sadly, I could not afford it. So everyday I got up, put my bigboy pants on, and went about my day WITHOUT having something I really wanted. Life is hard. A while later it went on sale on Steam for $5. That was the best $5 I ever spent. Even the best games go on sale. There is no excuse for theft. You want a demo? You know you have a friend who owns it already. Just play it over there.

Arch-Stanton
Arch-Stanton

@warhawk-geeby I've been made redundant 3 times but not once felt the need to steal something. Only if we had more guys like you instead of the morons who run roit any chance they get.

Harkster1
Harkster1

I have a yearly budget set. I can afford 3 games a year and pay for my mmo account. I plan for those 3 games according to information I have ahead of time. I have to do so much research to figure out which games are right for me. I don't know what this game is, never played the title before not going to pirate it to try it because I know I wont like it. I would say Piracy isn't as needed now that more reviews can be trusted to not be market ploys and with a you tube search on game play. This is how I decide on my games. Games ordered this year: BF3, Skyrm, MineCraft

bandarman
bandarman

I like his view, pay if you like it. I loved so many games that I bought and hated more of them. Its a nice thing to try out a game before I buy. Maybe devs should implement this in their games from the start, and people can have perhaps a 3 day window or something to try the game out before they buy it. Kind of like the features that they have implemented on mobile.

13wanderer
13wanderer

Samrat_Ashok I agree, look whats happening to games now because of pirates.

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

Well, I know the people who pirate to see what the game is like will usually buy it to support them, but just because there's an option there to donate, I don't think people who have no intention to pay whatsoever will do so because they're asked nicely....

Peppytron
Peppytron

@LtReviews You are right. And I am not arguing your general point here, but I do have to say that I don't always do what's right - in anything. As I grew older I realized more and more that I should buy those games I downloaded and now I buy 90% of the games (some games I don't like enough after downloading to demo, to buy them). I also have a lot more money now so I can actually afford gaming, as opposed to when I was younger.

godsend1989
godsend1989

So overall everything you download i mean everything if you didn't pay for it your a pirate ?? whats the definition of pirate ?? Cracker will never stop cracking because is what they do is a challenge for them even if no one will download they will still do that. Internet is for sharing now matter how hard they try you think game industry is the only one with this kind of problems and now i ask you since when sharing is equal to pirating ?? use your common sense before post.

Barighm
Barighm

Nice move. Add the donation button so people who actually care will have a chance to contribute. Give the pirates a chance to redeem themselves. As for the people who support pirating, if you're in favour of stealing, why not walk into a store and pull the game off the shelve? Oh, I see...you'd get arrested. In the end, you're just lazy cowards.

LtReviews
LtReviews

@Peppytron You should be buying 100 percent of games you have. If you pirate a game just to try it out, that's no problem- it obviously isn't a lost sale if you are so unsure of a game that you'd pirate it just to try it. But you must pay for the game if you enjoy it, because you were given a service. The dev team here is going to release a demo, and they even said it is OK with them if you download the pirated version because you don't want to deal with steam (eurozone pricing could be a reason), all they ask for such people to send a couple bucks their way via paypal. I'm sorry, but if you download games illegally, enjoy them, and don't buy afterwards, you need to grow up. Understand that if everyone else had the "well, other people are paying for it" motivation, than this business wouldn't be possible. It's a sign you aren't adult enough to be a contributing member to society.

monson21502
monson21502

sounds like a trap to me. give them money so they can find out who the pirates are:P

Peppytron
Peppytron

@Frosty192 I agree with this. Demo's are (in my opinion anyway) a better way to avoid piracy. Yes I have pirated some games in the past. Now that I am a bit older I buy most of my games and sometimes pirate to use as a demo -I think it's only fair to be able to 'try before you buy' (and yes, every once in a while I didn't buy the game afterwards! Oh man, I must be the worst scum ever).

pelvist
pelvist

How come there are never articles on Gamespot about all the console games that get leaked weeks early, like every one of them is available on pirate sites weeks before release yet we never see anything about those on Gamespot or any other review site for that matter.

Rammone-X
Rammone-X

@Samrat_Ashok ; I agree, but in a less "wrathful" tone :D

Rammone-X
Rammone-X

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Samrat_Ashok
Samrat_Ashok

To all the people out there who support piracy. You're the kind of scum that give all the other PC gamers a bad name. It is because of people like you that DRM is incorporated into games. I just wish that someday there are laws powerful enough to make all you pirates regret stealing games.

Lytmare
Lytmare

@Lucjoy78: Dang, your scary! I've wanted to get into the game creating business for a long time now, but I'm scared... if all of this pirating keeps going on how am I going to make any money? Thanks for that Lucjoy78.

Darkreaper_1
Darkreaper_1

All these people saying games are too expensive when they first come out, how about you wait for a few months? The price of a lot of games drop quite significantly after 5/6 months. Also by then a patch or two has normally come out (for PC games) so it's normally best to wait even if you can afford it. I very rarely pre-order or buy a game on any platform on release day when it's full price. I know that if i'm patient and wait i can get it a lot cheaper by waiting.

Frosty192
Frosty192

I agree with actually buying games instead of pirating but we all know the crap that gets a $60 sticker and it isn't worth it due to so many issues. So gamers are getting cautious to what they spend their money on. If devs release demos than I am pretty sure a portion of piracy would drop a little bit because it gives players the opportunity to try out the game to see if it is worth their cash.

Rammone-X
Rammone-X

And to the people who argue that Fouts statement was "sort of a reprimand, than a plea"....err..shouldn't you be reprimanded when you break the law.... I swear the stuff people say because of anonymity.

Rammone-X
Rammone-X

@lucjoy78: Errr.....did you just openly admit to stealing? Give you props for that. Not many people can do that. However, I'm a little disappointed with your comment. I hope you're above the age of 40 or something, because at least I could coin the phrase "A fool at 40 is a fool for ever". But it would be a shame, if you were in the age group of the up and coming generation with that notion of "buying what I need, and stealing everything else". Shame :{. Just remember.... "Everyday for the thief, one day for the owner, and that day is forever!"

spoonybard-hahs
spoonybard-hahs

And there's the complete downside of games-on-demand (GoD) for developers. Physical retail makes piracy - for the most part - a wash since developers get their money upfront from retailers. GoD doesn't have that luxury, and is at the mercy of piracy since the content is just sitting there.

noru18
noru18

People love free stuff. That's it. (Who would turn down a free dinner, or free tickets?)

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

@warhawk-geeby Good stuff. I've never understood the entitlement that so many gamers feel towards their hobby, as if they deserve to play every single game that comes out, right at launch, regardless of their ability to pay for them. If you don't have enough money, you either go without, or show some patience and wait for some price drops. There are a million things I'd like, but don't have the money for - that's life. It's a shame that smaller PC developers are getting eaten alive by the very people that should be keeping them afloat.

Sunuva22
Sunuva22

From what i'm seeing in the future of gaming is less games cause the ones who make the games are getting less than half of what they deserve I mean just a buy a game every once in a while think of it like an investment so you can see another game come out in the future one that most likely will be a better game by the developer This game costs like 10 or less dollars

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@lucjoy78 If everyone had your attitude though we'd all be screwed. "I was laid off at the time so I stole it". Yeah great ethics there pal. I've been made redundant 3 times but not once felt the need to steal something. And as for the argument about having a passing interest you just need to tighten your belt. We can't all have what we want all of the time, that why we have savings and work for a living. If it's a passing interest just wait. It doesn't take a genius.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

It'll be interesting to see if any of the pro-piracy crowd on here changes their tune after reading this article. They usually mask their self-centered theft with justifications about greedy corporations and DRM, but here's a small developer dealing with the customer in the nicest way possible, and they still got raided and their bottom line ripped to bits. Maybe - just maybe - these guys just steal whatever they like and most of them don't have any positive, underlying philosophy at all.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

It's ironic that the PC gamers are killing there own industry.. That said though, I'm sure if piracy for consoles was easier there'd be a lot more of that too. Why people get games illegally is beyond me.. If you want something pay for it, it's the way the world works. @Arch-Stanton Spot on simile. The most sense I've heard in a while.

Arch-Stanton
Arch-Stanton

@lucjoy78 I got nothing against 2nd hands sales,there are 2nd hand cars ,books etc.If you bought a game,book or car that sucked why shouldn't you sell it.

kcbaird
kcbaird

@smp13: Your logic is flawed. When you buy a game second-hand, the devs have already made money from the original sale. When you download it, there is no original sale.

Gambi84
Gambi84

i live in kenya and an original game costs about 10,000 shillings ($120),but the ever enterprising Chinese, have shops here that sell the latest games for about 300shillings ($3) ,the countries internet infrastructure is still at its early stages so digital distribution is out of the question....what to do but "steal" from this hardworking devs? the only way i can sleep at night is by not considering myself a lost sale since publishers don't consider african's to be gamers :-( and therefore don't release their games here

smp13
smp13

I view downloading the same as I view buying second-hand. They are effectively the same to the dev, in that they get no money from it. The only difference is that I do not give money to a random third-party when downloading. When I am really looking forward to a game, or I find it exceptional in some way, I will pay for it new. If the dev has given me great games in the past, they will get my money for the next one. If I am strapped for cash, and just want to try out a new game I am not psyched about, then it will be downloaded or bought second-hand.

lucjoy78
lucjoy78

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Madgnad
Madgnad

@xbeanx3000 Same here. People automatically assume that people that download games are just pirates and are trying to cheat game companies out of money, but this simply just isn't true.

fireflywang
fireflywang

sadly this is the main reason loss for loss of titles to the console

godsend1989
godsend1989

Just because you download the game doesn`t make you pirate, pirate is the cracker stop confusing you cant be accused of something you didn`t do.

xbeanx3000
xbeanx3000

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godsend1989
godsend1989

"I figure devs complain all the time about pirates, but honestly I wanted this to be more a reminder to pay if you liked it rather than a, 'Don't steal my game, you owe me money!' sort of reprimanding."

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

People blames the dev team for not having proper security, but none ever blames the pirates. People downloading games without paying are a tumor in the industry, want to admit it or not.