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I've seen the piracy debate evolve a great deal over the years. A few years ago people would firmly deny that piracy was anything more than just a few people doing it. Then eventually as a range of data such as the number of torrent downloads made it painfully obvious that it was actually being conducted on a huge scale, the next argument to be trotted out was that it may be large, but it doesn't really result in any lost sales. Now that we have sales figures showing huge differentials between PCs and console game sales despite roughly the same install bases for each platform, the argument has devolved into simply blaming the greedy developers and publishers for making crappy games and using DRM. Of course even good games by struggling developers with no DRM are heavily pirated, so I wonder what's next. I believe most people justify piracy on the basis that it's a victimless crime, "like punching someone in the dark" as Nelson Munce would say. The irony is that the real victims of piracy may end up being PC gamers.

Whether you agree with the findings and arguments in this article is actually not that important. The main aim of the article is to open peoples' eyes to the fact that the entire topic is actually quite complex, and that there's a great deal of misinformation currently doing the rounds with regards to piracy. I'm under no illusions that most people will not like this article because it doesn't support piracy, but ultimately my responsibility is to write what I believe to be true, not what I believe will be popular; more and more these days, the two are drifting apart anyway. With the Culture of Piracy so prominent now, it seems everyone is demanding freedom without understanding that freedom does not equal free; everything has a cost, and we need to recognize that if content creators provide us with entertainment, they need to be rewarded fairly for it. We need to demonstrate that we can exercise the freedoms we have responsibly if we don't want to lose them. People can conjure up all manner of excuses to justify rampant piracy all day long, however neither the data nor logic bear any of these excuses out in the end.
Ghazi, K., December 2008, PC Game Piracy Examined;
http://www.tweakguides.com/Piracy_1.html
Accessed: 18/12/2008
Edited by t4ct1c47 - 12/18/08 at 10:27am
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I completely agree. People complain that devs are leaving the PC behind but can you blame them? Why would you design a game if you knew it was going to be stolen about a million times (like the games in the top 10 piracy list). But at the same time, DRM is NOT the answer.
    
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I believe this thread got locked or shutdown last time that guide was posted, but it really was a good read. It looked into a lot of other anomalies that are occurring in PC gaming and the effect they're having.
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great read... i need to go through it sometime...

thanks for posting
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Would rep you if I could :-D, good read.
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This article is true. Pirates make me sad. Pirates who actually try and use excuses to justify their actions is worse!
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i've been linking that article to a lot of people i know. it's a good assessment of where the industry stands.
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Originally Posted by Villainstone View Post
Oh my freaking GOD. PC games ARE NOT any EASIER to PIRATE than CONSOLE GAMES.

Softmod your console and you can get all the free games you want. Hardmod it with a chip and you can get all the free games you want. Hell if you have a Wii then you can get EVERYTHING that the Wii has to offer (software wise) for free PERIOD...
^very true... for me it was actually much easier to pirate console games than pc games.. But now I don't pirate either anymore. I just pay for them.
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Interesting read, I'll have to finish going through it later. Though TBH the writer seems a little biased just from reading the conclusion.

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Oh my freaking GOD. PC games ARE NOT any EASIER to PIRATE than CONSOLE GAMES.

Softmod your console and you can get all the free games you want. Hardmod it with a chip and you can get all the free games you want. Hell if you have a Wii then you can get EVERYTHING that the Wii has to offer (software wise) for free PERIOD...
I would have to agree... I've never pirated console games but it really doesn't seem that difficult.
Seems to me, that if you know how to pirate a PC game correctly, then you can take a few minutes, read how to pirate a console game, and do it in the next few minutes without much trouble.
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Oh my freaking GOD. PC games ARE NOT any EASIER to PIRATE than CONSOLE GAMES.

Softmod your console and you can get all the free games you want. Hardmod it with a chip and you can get all the free games you want. Hell if you have a Wii then you can get EVERYTHING that the Wii has to offer (software wise) for free PERIOD...
Uh yes they are, I dunno why you keep trying to enforce this point. All you have to do is download the file, install the game, run the "patch" you get with it and you're done. With a console you run the risk of totally breaking it (and voiding your warranty), getting kicked off xbox live or whatever online service the console makes you pay for, if that happens you need to buy another console and another subscription to the service. The risks involved in console piracy are much higher then on the pc, HP doesn't care if you pirate COD4, but Microsoft and Sony do. Also the fact that there are a lot more console games being sold, then pirated would indicate that most people don't want to put in the effort to mod their console for free stuff.
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