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Very few reviewers put cards in rigs that are appropriate to them. For example, there are countless videos of people testing mid range cards such as a GTX 960 or a R9 380X with something uber OP like a 4+ GHz 5960x. When a GTX 960 user is more likely to use a Core i3, it makes the test with that much more faster CPU inaccurate and therefore useless to represent real world use case scenarios. The problem is even worse when you come to CPU limited games.
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You can type in in your individual components + the game title into YouTube and almost always get an idea of what the performance is like. Not to mention Steam reviews and forums like this, it becomes clear very early on whether or not the game is well optimized or if it's an Arkham Knight.

There is no need to torrent a game just to check if it performs well. It's a weak excuse.
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sorry guys but, imo demos > twitch/youtube "reviews"

each game experience is subjective. i completely hate the clunky mechanics in MGSV:TPP but i just have so much fun.
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Keep in mind, these are Chinese crackers dismantling copyright protection made by American companies and infringing upon American copyright laws.

This is law that's applied internationally through murky treaties that no one wanted to make, and there's very little incentive for other countries to proactively enforce them. When you're living in poverty, or at least witnessing most of your country living in poverty.. it's probably somewhat conflicting to see wealth earned off the backs of your people poured into copyright law enforcement that lands your people in jail. Meanwhile, it's hard not to recognize the fact that the US is the prime beneficiary of global copyright law enforcement. No other country's economy relies so heavily on perpetually taxing the "invention" of "new" products; the US essentially trades international governance of all things material, but actual material trade is abysmal.

So, yes, it's very reasonable for people in these other countries to protest copyright law. The word "liberty" on her shirt isn't mere decoration, these people are protesting in their own fashion with their own skill set and it's not without good reason.

Copyright and patent law are only two arms of a very unfair global price fixing on trade. As a country who wants to benefit from the copyright and patent system, you've got to somehow prevent all your educated people from leaving for a more prosperous life in a country that has the ability to protect their IP internationally. You've got to try to compete with countries who are able to pressure other countries into enforcing their laws. You can't step on toes without possibly having sanctions placed against you, but certain other countries can break international law without ever fearing such a consequence. Sanctions work to exclude your people from getting the resources, including food and energy, that are needed to keep the population alive. Sanctions often result in death tolls akin to genocide. Depending on severity, sanctions can also result in civil war. The people rarely every know what's happening in all of this, and they rarely pick the right politicians afterwards. This might be why the Chinese were so hesitant to accept Americanization and embrace seemingly benign global trade deals, some 100 years ago.

Ask one of these Chinese crackers how they can chime "liberty" while doing something that seems so clearly wrong; you might start to see things differently.

While you are on the right track there is more to it than that but I won't go into it here.

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Found the real reason they are stopping, it is for legal reasons as they are being sued by Koei Tecmo. Found this on reddit:
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Koei Tecmo released game RotK 13. 3DM published crack, received cease-and-desist letter from Koei Tecmo. 3DM had to comply and remove it. 3DM community angered by this. They see this as another oppression by the buy-it gamers. So to get back at their greatest enemy, they started a mass petition against steam on the website of the government censor authority. Now, I have to remind you that China is a country with censorship. As ridiculous as it sounds, since steam did not enter Chinese market by sending games it sells through the censoring authority, it's as legal in China as the pirated games 3DM distributes. Such a petition may actually get steam banned in China. 3DM obviously doesn't benefit from any of this. The buy-it gamers could retaliate and get 3DM banned too. The 3DM community would simply find another forum, but 3DM might lose their business. Now, going legal, at least distant itself from the trouble makers suddenly becomes a very appealing strategy.


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There isn't really all that much risk anymore with Steam refunds. If the $60 game turns out to be not as good as you thought, doesn't work properly because it's unoptimized, doesn't work on your computer because your computer is too weak, etc. as long as you have less than 2 hours gameplay time and you bought it 14 days ago or sooner, you can get a full refund, no matter what the issue is. The only real risk with buying $60 games from Steam these days is going over your data cap if you have one.

I have a very hard time entrusting Steam or any client that requires a program to run my purchased games. Backstory: About 7~8 years ago had a member on this site that was offering to gift games in chat due to them getting a "supposed" big tax refund and was feeling generous. So I took the offer and they gifted me a couple games, everything was good for about a week. Then I found I couldn't log into my account and couldn't change my password. I contacted steam support about it and went through all of the steps of getting my account unlocked, but to no avail. I found out that the person that gifted the games to me had used stolen credit cards to purchase the games and because of that I lost a steam account with ~$500 worth of games attached to it. So yeah I have a very hard time trusting Steam at all and will not spend anymore than $10 for any game that requires it. Main reason I only use gog.com to purchase games anymore.
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They see this as another oppression by the buy-it gamers.

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Buy-it gamers? lachen.gif

Yeah, the ones who actually make it possible for games to keep being made.. rolleyes.gif
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Buy-it gamers? lachen.gif

Yeah, the ones who actually make it possible for games to keep being made.. rolleyes.gif

How dare you to oppress pirates!?! lachen.gif
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How dare you to oppress pirates!?! lachen.gif

It's unbelievable stupidity.. doh.gif
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If anyone with more knowledge can correct my understanding. In terms of any physical property, the owner first has to ensure that proper security is being maintained to avoid destruction or unauthorized removal (insurance providers). How would one prove or disprove that such mechanisms exist with regards to games if pirating games were to be compared to stealing.
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