9.01 Digital Pirates vs. Copyright Agents

Idea for June 02, 2010

Theme: Digital Pirates vs. Copyright Agents

includes topics that expand on the theme

  • Stealing
  • Sticking it to the man
  • DRM
  • Hiding
  • Release Groups
  • Energy Drinks
  • Viruses
  • Firewalls
  • Propaganda
  • Communism
  • Big Salaries
  • Entitlement
  • Patent Trolls
  • Public Domain
  • Open Source
  • Laws/Bills
  • DLC
  • Indies
  • Bittorrent/P2P
  • Lawsuits
  • IP Addresses
  • Fakes
  • Spies

Genre: Tower Defense/RTS

game genre with possible significant changes or important points


individual gameplay mechanics and mechanics categorized by system

  • Agents want profits, Pirates want to survive.
  • If you pirate the game you can only play as the copyright agents. (hee hee)
  • Creators make content that both teams are trying to get.
  • Pirates try to take content from creators and give them to consumers.
  • Agents try to sign with creators and manage them to increase profits.
  • Multiplayer so agents work for the corporation, Pirates are loosely affiliated.
  • Pirates can try to convince artists to cut out the agents from the system or go with "new agents".
  • Creators are initially spawned as indie.
  • DRM as turret defense kind of game.
  • Whole game possible as a turret defense type game
  • Content moves across the screen, agents try to DRM the content, Pirates try crack it, different kinds of turrets to achieve different tasks.
  • Agents Buildings:
    • Centralized, Stationary
    • Corporate HQ
    • Subsidiaries
    • DRM Gun
    • IP Tracker
    • Virus/Fakes
    • Propaganda Center
    • Lawyer Gun
  • Pirate Buildings:
    • Decentralized, Mobile
    • Networks/Release Groups
    • DDOS Bomb
    • Crack Gun
    • Anonymity Barrier


narrative elements concerning plot, characters, world

  • Multiplayer games, not terribly story driven
  • Agents and Pirates competing to reach their own goals.


includes GDC members who contributed to this idea and were present during the discussion

  • Mediator: Eric Raue
  • Scott Inglis
  • Samantha Derochie
  • Alex Ryan
  • Shawn Yu
  • Ramin Nazarali
  • andrew Chang
  • Patrick Woo

Additional Comments

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