Originally Posted by Paradox me
Just like you can't prove it's doing much damage to the PC industry, you also can't shrug it off and lump pirates into the "wouldn't have bought it anyway" group.
Also, whether a game is good or bad and how it compares to other games is entirely subjective. Time, money and manpower still went into making these games and they'll charge the standard price for it. You don't get things on the cheap just because you didn't like it as much as the next guy.
If that's how things worked then I'd have a room full of very expensive objects that I didn't really care for.
The proof is the responsibility of the claimer. I didn't shrug anything off, it was to prove a point and that is if someone pirated a game, you can't prove they were a potential sale gone awry. Therefore, your conclusion you have lost money is wrong.
You all must have me confused with a pirate. I have paid for all my games.
With the exception of WoW, Starcraft II, and FFXIV, you can find the rest here:
Originally Posted by youra6
What? If its not good, then dont' buy it. There are so many sites that review games. Read before you buy.
Bottom line is that no there is no excuse for pirating. It is illegal, and immoral.
A Calculus e-book being smuggled online to Uzbekistan, to a group of students in a makeshift school, is something I don't have a problem with, but those are my own morals.
I can see the good in just about anything.
Originally Posted by Waffleboy
I wish people would stop trying to justify piracy to themselves with flimsy excuses and rationalizations. If you are going to pirate, at least have the balls to call it what it is: stealing. Arguments like "oh, I wouldn't have bought it anyway" and "they don't deserve the money because the game isn't good" are ridiculous; most people WOULD buy the games if there wasn't an option to pirate it and just claim otherwise to justify it to themselves. If it's not worth your money, there's an easy answer: just don't play it.
I have paid for all my games. I was pointing out that pirates are not the reason video games are bad, or poorly developed in the first place. Its an excuse of lazy developers, or those who are ill-funded for the project being marketed.
I will be paying for Crysis 2, and I will not be downloading this beta, as I believe it will tarnish the game in my mind.Edited by RagingCain - 2/11/11 at 7:22pm