RE: Where are the good olds day without piracy protection
I couldn't agree with you more. I miss those good old days too. A time when you would often hear the phrase "Lets keep flight simming free" or other things to that effect. A time when it seemed that many people contributed to the flight simming community more out of a love for the hobby than a way to make a buck at every turn.
I've lost track of how many flight sim addons I've purchased over the years. I've never pirated any of these products. But I definetly feel like I've been victimized because of the hassles I now have to deal with when purchasing third party addons or reinstalling them. I recently contacted one of the distributors who make some of my favorite addons because I had to reformat and my previously purchased keys wouldn't work anymore for some of my aircraft that I'd purchased. I did get a response from them in a couple of days and a new key. But in this case I was supposed to remember which credit card I had used to make the purchase originally as a step in activating the new key. I finally figured it out on the third try and fortunately it worked. But guess what, I'm only allowed three shots at it and I've already used up all three of them just trying to reinstall the plane that one time. So if I want to reinstall again for some reason I'll have to go through the same hassle all over again. The problems with this process are magnified greatly if you happen own several addons that operate on these types of wrapper systems.
I contacted another vendor for help in getting needed keys to enable me to reinstall other addons that I had previouly purchased and received no response at all. So here I sit with addons that I purchased honestly and can't even use because of this vendors anti-piracy system and rudeness. Why should they care now--they've got my money and thats what its all about right? Oviously I haven't purchased any other products from this vendor.
I've worked in retail for many years and I'm familiar with the problems that dishonest people and shoplifters bring to the market place. But I'm glad to say that the company I work for doesn't treat everyone that comes through the door like a criminal because of the abuses of a few.
If I purchase an addon I believe I should have the freedom to install it, remove it, re-install it, delete it, re-install it or whatever the heck I want to do with it as long as its on my own computer system and I don't do anything dishonest with it. Most of the current addons I've purchased aren't cheap and when put together represent a large investment.
I truly enjoyed my first years of flight simming. I had alot of fun then and couldn't wait to fly. Yes, there were anti-piracy safeguards built in to the addons that I purchased at that time but I found them much easier to work with. If I kept my keys and documentation I could reasonably expect to re-install my addons on my computer whenever and as often as I needed to between my re-formats, hardrive upgrades, etc.
I haven't purchased any flight sim addons in a long time and I haven't flown my simulator in months. I hope someday to be able to enjoy this wonderful flightsimming hobby the way I once did in what were for me "the good times".
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