Hello! We’re the creators of Frozen Synapse and here’s why we’d appreciate it if you’d actually like to pre-order it, rather than trying to download a crack.
1.) We’re a very small company and every sale matters vitally to our survival
2.) We like making bigger, fully-featured games on PC: this is tough; it’s not the best way to make money in the games industry; we’re doing it because we love that kind of game and other people do as well
3.) The game’s not finished yet; with your support at this stage, we can make the best game we possibly can
4.) We don’t punish our genuine customers with stupid DRM that makes our game unplayable
5.) We try to do the absolute best for anyone who has bought the game; we’re working hard on updates and try to do our utmost to offer quick and effective technical support. Again, this is tough, but we care deeply about people’s experience with our game. We can’t offer that to you if you aren’t willing to pay for it.
I know that some people who like to get stuff for free will only do it if they know they’re not hurting the creators.
If you pirate our game, you are hurting us directly; I hope you’ll reconsider and think about pre-ordering – we’ll even give you a free copy for a friend so you can have fun with the game straight away.
Thanks for taking the time to read this – if you’ve got this far, you’re obviously a thoughtful person who will take this issue seriously, and that’s who I’m trying to reach.