One independent PC game developer is inviting pirates to tell him why they pirate his (and other) games.
Because they charge to damned much for something you're not sure is worth it.
so, if you're not sure it's worth it, it's alright to steal it??
Yes. Also, it's easy.
Dude nothing justifies stealing something that people put a lot of money, time and effort to produce. If you don't like it, don't buy it and if you're not sure just rent it. Your answer represents everything that's wrong with gaming these days....
What was the last PC game you could rent?
It was DMC 4 and I live in Europe
it happened after years and years of empty pockets and high bandwidth opportunities i finally came to a definite answer stealing entertainment (games movies and music)is with no question wrong (i never did and i ll never will except for modding my psp for emulation) cause i must pay to take from the community but stealing software and elearning is OK , i know a lot will be pissed at me but i never paid for photoshop maya softimage audition antivirus video converters or any tutorials from lynda Total Training ttc , cause i dont have to pay for working or giving to the community , i know that doesnt make anysense cause they cost money just as much or even more but that my thoughts sorry
Seems to me that people pirate because they're greedy. Yeah, they can justify it all they want by painting pretty pictures of themselves as modern day Robin Hoods, but they're stealing, plain and simple. Pirating software (and music, and movies, and anything really) is fast, easy, and free. The only way to make people stop pirating is to remove the option completely. The trick is trying to do that without annoying the people who actually PAY for the software.
How about making buying a PC game Fast, Easy and Cheap... I should be able to go to an online store and be able to buy ANY game I want and instantly start to download it through a super fast connection to my PC, I should then not have to worry about DRM, online activation or any of that crap a be playing within minutes....all that for under 30$. Piracy offers this for free... I don't condone piracy but I understand why people do it.
I don't think so, making PC games cheaper and/or more accessible won't work. People are going to steal the software no matter how much it costs, because people are greedy and because there are really no consequences. Piracy is great in this regard, because it lets the pirate steal without having to really think about who he/she is hurting. All of the instant gratification, none of the guilt.
Remember that its not stealing, its copyright infringement...stealing is defined by taking property from someone, depriving that person of said thing...Copyright infringement is using someones copyrighted property without their consent...very different.
PC games are cheaper than console games and they still get pirated. Hell, CD's cost 10 dollars and people still download them from the internet. People don't want to spend money. It doesn't matter if it's the best game of all time, people will steal the game. It has nothing to do with it being worth it or if they're unsure.
There was a nice statement earlier this year by a developer: good games sell Sure there will still be piracy, but good games sell a lot of units. Now WHY do people pirate games. There are several reasons. 1) its easy and the risk of getting caught is close to nil 2) ever been burned by a PC game that released in an unusable state of pre-alpha for full price? Next time you would prolly download the "unlimited demo" before throwing money at the same distributor. JoWood is a well known distributor to sell bugridden crap, see Söldner etc. 3) by definition downloading games and cracks is not theft, but copyright infringement. If it was theft the same punishments would apply, but they don't. Thats because THEFT means you take something away from subject A for yourself. But a COPY does not take the original away from someone, it only makes another copy. This might be seem like nitpicking. But laws are no little matter, hence precision helps to decide whats right and wrong. And piracy is clearly wrong, just not at the same level as breaking into someones property. What drives piracy? - Selling your monopolistic OS for $400 cause there is no alternative drives Piracy of said OS - Selling your $5 worth of crap software for $50 drives piracy cause no one feels like he is getting his worth from the thing - Draconian copy-protection measures drive piracy cause you present a provocation for hackers to show you how worthless your $100000 copy protection software really is. - Releasing unfinished software to bring in cash NOW instead of finishing it first drives piracy, ever bought a car that was missing 2 wheels and the breaks? NO, but with software you can't see the same state before buying. Piracy has been around since the days of the first computers. C64 had it, Amiga had it, PC has it, Most consoles except the PS3 have it. And i don't see it vanishing anytime soon.
It's obviously because they want to try it before they buy it. Oh, and never, ever buy it, because they've already played it.
I've pirated before and I will keep on doing it, I don't have any other reason then I can just do it (not a nike viral advert mind you) and because as a student I just can't afford to spend nearly a grand on Photoshop or a hundred quid on Office and I know people will suggest Gimp or Open Office but they aren't nearly as good as Office or Photoshop tbh. Also, most music today is plain filler crap with maybe 2-3 good songs at most, why should I give that artist £10 and say "Hey great job on this album, I haven't listened to any of it to see whether its crap or not but damn heres my money anyways." However I have bought CD's before if the album I torrented was great, I torrented Feeder's new album, liked it so much I bought it the same day.
i haven´t done it in a long time mostly because to many people are doing it now. some games on pc are getting me mad because they are buggy as hell to the point it feels worser then beta versions of other games. sometimes i think pc devs blame pirating for poor sales and i know the game would of probly sold better but not that much better. look at crysis, that game got pirated up the ass before it even came out but it also didnt sale good because how many people own a pc that can run good. i know the game doesnt need high specs but thats what people think. as much as i like to pirate something i dont because i know its really hurting the pc industry so i dont do it because of that but other people dont give a rats ass. i still think tho that good games will sell really good on pc if the game is worth it. cod4, orange box, and gta when it comes out,will sell or sold really good.
People pirate software because lack of money/bugs and so on. More Games would sell well if the games were cheaper. They would also would sell better if they were finished products. Harris stated it's ok to buy a T-Shirt for 15 bucks but not a game. Well I've yet to see a T-Shirt in the store with holes in it (bugs) and a T-Shirt is something you wear. It's not entertainment. Spending millions on copy-protection software that buys you a day or a week until your software is cracked is just ridiculous. Make your games 10 bucks cheaper instead and they will reach the budget of more people automatically. Why it's a circle? Why should a developer bother to "finish" his product if he is convinced it's getting pirated up and down anyway. So why spend more money into it if it's going to sell the same way? There is a general problem of communication between developers and gamers. If a game is bug free, how do they convince the gamers it is? Truth is developers don't know if there are still bugs in games sometimes. Games are getting too complex to test everything behind closed doors these days. Even Blizzard releases patches and fixes. But sometimes it's not even the bugs, it starts before you even get into the game. When I first saw the Starforce copy protection. I swear I could grab my Cheap-copy-but-looks-identical Katana and chop somebody. This piece of s*** is so annoying I downloaded a crack and played the damn thing in peace. And Starforce is not the only copy protection software worth mentioning. When GTA3 came out the copy protection was responsible for the poor performance of the game. A NOCD crack was like the only option to make the game playable until the patch.
I don't know if anyone else plays World In Conflict on the PC but the way they did copy protection was to ask for the activation key when you want to play online mutiplayer and you also have to have the game in the disk drive as well to make sure its a legit copy. Its a simple way and yeh it may of been cracked but its not too annoying to the user and makes it a little hard to crack. I will try and buy every game I want, I will only pirate games if they are really hard to find or they don't sell them anymore.
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