Originally Posted by Nenkitsune
I admit, I do pirate games, but ONLY because I hate wasting money on a game I don't like.
If I like it after I pirate it, I actually buy it. There are a few games I downloaded, didn't like, and that was that.
Then there's metro 2033. I wasn't really sure if I would like it (I've never been a huge FPS person, mainly an rpg and racer person) LOVED the game, bought it after playing for a couple hours.
Gonna buy it the day it comes out for sure. I've already set aside money for it.I wish steam had demo's up for all their games. Something like a stripped down download, that lets you play through the like, first level or mission or something like that, to kind of give you a feel of what the game is like.
If they did that, I would never have to pirate a game again.
With Playstations 4s "download the first megabytes of game data and start playing while the rest downloads" feature, it seems like this something Sony could offer us.
Would also give incentive to developers to create really interesting and unique narratives or environments that will capture peoples attention and make them want to insta-transaction to continue.
Originally Posted by CaptainChaos
Well true, I'm sure piracy makes a difference. I'm just not willing to accept that it's this huge difference that certain companies claim it is. For anyone to make a real assessment on the affects of piracy on PC gaming they would first have to find out how many of those pirates were willing to pay real money for the game in the first place. Steam at the very least shows you that PC gaming is lucrative enough that you can have a thriving platform like Steam that just keeps growing.
That's what bugs me when people quote piracy numbers. Companies look at it as a lost sale. However, I bet a large chunk of those pirates were never going to buy their game in the first place
. Simply saying, our game was pirated 8m times, therefore we lost 8m sales just isn't an honest assessment.
As Nenkitsune says, people can end up using pirated copies and unofficial demos. Still, I question the overall morality and principle of most
people to actually follow through with money if they played through a whole pirated game and enjoyed it.Edited by GrizzleBoy - 3/28/13 at 3:54pm