The following is an e-mail I was forwarded concerning RM2K's legality. Agetec is ASCII distributor in North America. -X13
From: Kevin Sullivan
VP Sales & Marketing
Thank you for your email question. Yes, the only copy of RPG Maker for the
PC in the U.S. market at this time, unfortunately, is a bootlegged copy that
originated in England. This copy has made its way via the Internet into the
hands of many "respectable" gamers throughout the world.
You are right in letting your friends know that they are in possession of
what is tantamount to stolen property. Because of the proliferation of this
title into the hands of people who copied it and sent it to their friends
(and so on, and so on), there is no appreciable market for this game in the
In other words, the entire North American market was denied this title based
on the actions of several individuals acting illegally.
It is also unfortunate that you may count your friends amongst those
Will this stop them from playing it? Not likely. Those who insist on
"cheating the system" rarely see above their own needs to see how their
actions truly affect others in the world. It would be difficult to tally the
financial losses that the original design/programming team faced when they
found out they could not sell there game over here. Considering that the
U.S. market is roughly six times that of Japan, well, I hope your friends
understand at least that much.
If you have followed the success of RPG Maker for PlayStation you will have
noticed a community of game players and new game designers working together
to create some phenomenal games. It was Agetec's pleasure to bring this
title to the North American PlayStation market because now the kids and
young adults who always thought they could make a cool game have the tool to
do so. Our discussion board is constantly being updated with the hints,
tips, and tricks that the gamers have found in their efforts to build their
This version of the game, by the way, has been the best selling title on our
online store since it launched.
It's too bad that the same experience is not to be duplicated with a
legitimate copy of RPG Maker for the PC. We can only imagine what was lost
due to the selfish actions of a small group of people.
We appreciate your efforts to educate your friends. If this letter helps, so
much the better.
Aug. 10, 2001