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March 10th, 2019, 20:43
A documentary on the origins of CD Projekt RED.

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Go behind the scenes at CD Projekt Red, the acclaimed studio behind The Witcher series and upcoming PS4 adventure Cyberpunk 2077.

In part 1, find out how a pair of gaming enthusiasts growing up in communist Poland transformed their fledgling distribution company into one of the most successful studios in the world.
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communist Poland
Right, communist. Not socialist, no.
A documentary can ofc contain fantasy, but I'd appreciate less history revisionism.

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"transformed their fledgling distribution company"; shouldn't that read "transformed their illegal distribution organization". CD Projekt RED has become a bigger name in the industry; only since 2015 with its release of 'The Witcher 3'. This company started in the 90s making illegal copies of computer software.
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It was? Interesting. I don't remember buying any illicit software from them or being gifted an illegal something from them…
Care to pic some proof?
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Marcin Iwiński and Michał Kiciński first started together selling cracked copies of western video games in Warsaw; from this they made money to found CD Projekt in 1994.
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Erm… It's hard to believe that if that was true noone sued whomever were Marcin Iwiński and Michał Kiciński. See, theft in socialism isn't really tolerated unless you're on the top of the politics foodchain but even then, I doubt the highest ranking politicians would practice piracy - there's more $ in smuggling heavy drugs.
Everything is possible though, so a pic proof instead of rumors would be nifty to have.
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Erm… It's hard to believe that if that was true noone sued whomever were Marcin Iwiński and Michał Kiciński. See, theft in socialism isn't really tolerated unless you're on the top of the politics foodchain but even then, I doubt the highest ranking politicians would practice piracy - there's more $ in smuggling heavy drugs.
Everything is possible though, so a pic proof instead of rumors would be nifty to have.
Thus has been clarified in the Gamestar documetary some months ago: There we're No Copyright laws in effect at that time. There also were no legal destributers active. They learned at that time that there was a tremendous demand for polish localized Games. Hence the founding of a company.
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It is true; they admitted it in an interview but I suspect it was not a huge (as in large) business.

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Erm… It's hard to believe that if that was true noone sued whomever were Marcin Iwiński and Michał Kiciński. See, theft in socialism isn't really tolerated unless you're on the top of the politics foodchain but even then, I doubt the highest ranking politicians would practice piracy - there's more $ in smuggling heavy drugs.
Everything is possible though, so a pic proof instead of rumors would be nifty to have.
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Thus has been clarified in the Gamestar documetary some months ago: There we're No Copyright laws in effect at that time. There also were no legal destributers active. They learned at that time that there was a tremendous demand for polish localized Games. Hence the founding of a company.
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March 12th, 2019, 03:56
So they were actually localizing the games to Polish? That practice would explain one of the steps skipped in the short video: porting Saints Row 2 to PC. According to Wiki, which is referencing a post from Volition, that was done by "CD Projekt Black" instead of Red, though I can't figure out what the relation between the two is/was.
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