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A question for ex-pirates!
« on: September 22, 2013, 04:10:58 AM »
Ohai. As some of you guys may know already, I'm one of those weird people who doesn't believe that piracy is a problem in the software world as long as there is the "if you like it, buy it!" emphasis on it, like on certain share sites (looking at you, persians!).

I knew of a few people who actually messaged me last year saying they pirated NGUI but then liked it so much that they actually bought a legit license. And that's pretty damn awesome. I far prefer that to someone who buys it upfront then bitches to me because it doesn't have a "MAKE MY GAME" button, if you know what I mean.

And going with that, I am actually curious if anyone here has gone legit lately in the similar fashion?

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Re: A question for ex-pirates!
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2013, 04:23:32 AM »
I was using the free version and considered pirating, but at the end of the day I figured I used it so much that I should just go ahead and purchase it.  Good work should be rewarded, I think.

Not exactly a full-fledged pirate, but I was almost one of those guys.  :)

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Re: A question for ex-pirates!
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2013, 01:36:54 PM »
One of my coworkers actually introduced us to NGUI, and added it (either his own license or a pirated copy) into some of our project SVN repos for us to see "NGUI in action." Management turned a blind eye since we were still in development stage and we didn't know whether we'd keep it. We decided that we would need a company-purchased version when we found that our version was several iterations behind, so we could update it as needed (without having to pull that co-worker from his other projects to go update it for us). Since then, it's actually been retro-fitted into most of our older projects because it's just that good and shrinks our app ship sizes and draw calls considerably.

Then someone noticed that NGUI was on sale a few months ago, for only a day or so. Almost every one of us (all of the engineers and most of our artists) bought our own personal licenses during that sale, so we could use our own copies for our personal projects.

So you got around a dozen orders because we had already been using it, loved it, and because a coworker happened to see the sale (if it wasn't for him, none of us would have know it had been discounted). I'm personally deliriously happy with my purchase (I'd have bought the Pro version, but couldn't clear that with my wife :P ) since I can add it to every new project I create, and the UI is usually the first things that go in. (Actually, a lot of the game mechanics leverage off of NGUI now: not just UI elements, so NGUI is a very embedded part of my workflow.)

TL;DR version: We started with a personal or pirated version at work: everyone loved it so much that we bought a legit copy for work AND each of us bought personal copies.

Now, if you ever discount your Pro (git access) license, I would not mind an email or PM informing me of the 1-day-only event. (In fact, neither would many of my co-workers.) :D
« Last Edit: September 22, 2013, 04:39:05 PM by OnlineCop »

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Re: A question for ex-pirates!
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2013, 07:52:27 PM »
I tried the free version but the fact that it was behind the paid version made the nerd in me want the paid version so I had a persian friend give me a copy to try out.

Going thru all of the examples and being amazed at how well things worked I started using nGUI in my current personal project hoping It would go on sale because I am a very very cheap person (sorry).  It went on sale and bam it was the first legit asset I bought in the store because I planned on continuing to use it.

I don't make a ton of money but I do make enough to purchase the things I find valuable and nGUI was one of those.

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Re: A question for ex-pirates!
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2013, 05:15:16 AM »
:D Thanks for sharing your stories, guys. I'm glad I was on the right track with my way of thinking.

As for the Pro version going on sale... tell you what, next time NGUI goes on sale (which should be in October sometime), you can apply whatever discount it will be with to the Pro upgrade as well.