“Once it’s cracked, it’s cracked. You can’t keep trying to stop them. We use DRM mostly to give payment options…” – YoYo Games CEO.
If you want to find a Game Maker 8 Pro crack online you can, it really isn’t hard so I amazed at the number of people that end up here looking for one.
But surely it is in YoYo Games’ interest to at least try to stop some of this. I find the fact that they no longer seem to be even trying to remove crack videos from YouTube quite infuriating.
Yes, Game Maker is their product so they are free to take their own position on this but I am not particularly pleased with the approach they appear to be taking to this. As a paying customer I would like to think that at least something is being done to stop others downloading for free a product that I have paid for. I would not pirate the product because of my moral values so the lack of action on YoYo Games account is not encouraging me to obtain future versions in this manner but I believe this may be different for many others.
As for choosing Softwrap for its payment options – these are just credit/debit card and PayPal. All of which could be handled directly using PayPal. As a lot of the users of Game Maker are children they may not have access to these payment options, especially when you consider the large number of countries Game Maker users come from. When it takes 5 days for an initial response to my enquiry about purchasing what was, in effect, a gift registration it is clear something is wrong. Whilst I agree that the Softwrap upgrade process is pretty smooth for a brand new Game Maker 8 registration, I experienced no problems whatsoever when paying via PayPal, I would like to think that things are made as easy as possible for everyone to spend their hard earned money.
Incidentally, if you purchased Game Maker 7 last year you have just a few days left to upgrade to Game Maker 8 for free if you have not done so already.
I welcome your opinions on this matter and anticipate that many of you may disagree and believe that the right approach is not to spend any time whatsoever trying to prevent people who are obviously out to illegally obtain the software from doing so as it will always be found.