In response to "Pirates Anonymous" from The Escapist Forum: I definitely agree.

I've pirated games, and I find when you have a pirated game, you so much more likely not to play it, or to play it very little, than you would had you bought it.

When you spend your cash on a game, you almost feel like you need to play it, to make the loss of those funds worthwhile - you're more willing to swallow a bad game, persevere with a tough one, and play it till the end no matter what.

When you pirate, you have so many games you barely play any, but you keep getting them 'just in case' you feel like it, even though you know you won't. It definitely becomes just a collecting factor.

- insectoid


In response to "¡VIVA LA R3V0LUC10N!" from The Escapist Forum: I, too, believe that eating babies is the best way to solve the DRM problems.

- Trevel

"By far the most funny thing to come out of all of this is the people who aren't quite getting the joke."

I agree. But the article itself wasn't very funny. This is a serious issue, and the article pokes fun at the wrong side of it. It would have been much more effective if the writer had poked fun at the DRM supporters, who DO actually tend to be over-the-top. The problem with the article, as satire, is that most anti-DRM folks are actually NOT irrational, so in order to cloak itself in some level of believability, the satire can't be all that effective.

- Beery


In response to "A Nation of Pirates" from The Escapist Forum: First of all, it isn't more than likely someone's committing a crime playing videogames in Brazil. It's just *likely*. That is exactly what the word means. Use a dictionary next time.

And you mention you pirate in Finland and... nobody cares one bit. Finland's full of high tech, plenty of content providers, game studios etcetera.

The culture isn't against piracy either, and plenty of people buy a lot of legal games. Even more pirate some games and buy others. But pirates selling their ill-earned goods is seen tantamount to sacrilege - pirate all you want for your own use, but if you try to turn a profit on the work of others, you've committed a crime against the society's morals.

Or, in short, how American of you. Be you American or not, you certainly think like one.

- insanelich

The same situation exist in a lot of countries, especially in Asia. The alarming thing is that the police rarely do anything to stop them, mostly public "cover-up" raids in some small shops to make it appear as though they are fighting it. Just goes to show that in the right circumstances the piracy industry (if it's as blatant as being sold in malls, which i've seen quite often)is a tourist attracting and good revenue source for the country.

- Brotherofwill


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