Holy shit, Skidrow. You uploaded this 22 minutes after the game was released in my continent. You must have this down to a simple science at this point.
Now more than I ever I find stuff like this to be HEARTBREAKING.
Reason why I hate the NDA argument. People pirate because they want it for free not because they are making a point.
Such bullshit. They wonder why games don’t come out over here or that there’s too much FPS EXPLOSION GAME 5 in the market.
Anybody that knows me probably knows that I am not at all against piracy, whether it be game, movies, or whatever. It would almost be fair to say that I am pro-piracy. That isn’t to say that I think people shouldn’t buy things that are worth it. I just don’t think there is evidence to support the hypothesis that piracy has the negative effect that publishers would have you believe.
I also understand that piracy isn’t a simple issue.
I also believe that publishers go bankrupt and studios shut down because of bad business and bad decision making. Example A - Kingdoms of Amalur. The game sold over a million copies in the first 3 months but it apparently needed to sell 3 million just to break even. People fucked up. Yeah, it sucks that a bunch of people lost their jobs, but nobody in their right mind should have ever expected that game to sell 3 million fucking copies just to break even.
You’re pro-stealing? I’m not usually one to go insulting people but…
You’re a fucking idiot.
I never said I was pro-stealing. Stealing and theft is not the same thing as piracy. Piracy forces industry to change for the better eventually. People used to hunt down and destroy printing presses because book piracy was allowing the masses to own books for cheap and helped them to read. Napster absolutely changed the music industry for the better. And Steam is one of the best things to come because of piracy.
The pirate scene is always years ahead of tradition publication. They set the pace for what is coming for the rest of the world. Game piracy has been 100% completely download only for a LONG TIME. The rest of the industry is just barely starting to catch up to that model.
I should also note that I do not support people burning pirated music, games, movies on to discs and selling them for cheap. That is absolutely theft, and people deserve punishment for said actions.
Wow, you’re delusional.
Piracy IS THEFT. It is taking something you did not pay for.
Piracy forces the industry to change, yeah. DRM exists because people won’t stop stealing games, so they’re trying to develop technology to prevent piracy.
Malware like Steam, Origin, and the like exist because people will not stop being dirty thieves. Nobody pirates because of some noble goal for the industry. They just want stuff for free. Any justification they give any of us is merely an excuse.
They are breaking the law. And if you are okay with this kind of mass larceny, you’re a bad person.
If you’re going to steal games, then steal games. But admit that you just do it because you don’t want to pay for games. Because you’re cheap. Don’t insult our intelligence by saying you’re some kind of Robin Hood of gaming.
Don’t act like you’re storming the gates of Morder when all you’re doing is egging someone’s house.
Piracy is not the black and white issue that you make it out to be. Piracy isn’t just applicable to video games. I also don’t agree that theft in general is as black and white of an issue as you seem to think it is, though that is a different discussion.
I will say that I agree with you that most people’s motives for pirating are completely selfish. They just want games for free. BUT, that doesn’t mean that there can’t be positive outcomes because of those selfish actions.
Is it more important for John Ricitiello to make another million dollars or for more people to enjoy the art and entertainment of any given game?
Also, in the case of Dark Souls maybe somebody wants to try out the game and doesn’t want to drop $40 on a game they might not enjoy playing. There isn’t a demo available to them. How else are they supposed to determine if the game is worth $40 or not? Are they just supposed to take a gamble and hope they don’t just throw money away?
I also don’t agree that digital distribution software like Steam, Origin, etc. is malware. That is just silly. Different platforms have their positives and negatives. I personally don’t use Origin because I don’t have a need for it, I primarily stick to Steam, but also have a couple of games purchased through Good Old Games and Blizzard. Yes, Steam and other software collects data from your computer. If you are really worried about that kind of stuff, you should just stop using the internet altogether. And you should definitely delete your Facebook and Twitter accounts if you have those. Also, don’t ever use Google.
I just don’t think piracy is the black and white issue that you seem to think it is. I completely understand that piracy can have negative effects. But I think those negative effects are massively blown out of proportion by “facts” that publishers spew.
Case in point: Ubisoft’s Yves Guillemot spewed some bullshit on how there is a 93-95% piracy rate on PC. That “statistic” is so fucking absurd it makes me feel dumber just for having read the quote. At that rate, for every 1 million copies sold of a game, there are about 13 million pirated copies. That would mean about 26 million people pirated Alan Wake on PC, and at least 66 million people pirated Skyrim on PC. Now you see how fucking retarded those numbers are? WoW had about 15 million concurrent subscribers at its peak, League of Legends currently has somewhere around 15 million active players. I don’t put much stake in the claims of publishers when it comes to piracy.