Jimquisition: Sony's Begging For Piracy

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Sony's Begging For Piracy

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It upsets me that a company that once ruled the market now makes such childish mistakes.And for no good reason they have proven that they can do it right .PS+ is a good service that gives a reason to give them money, yet they still get it wrong with a new product.

To put it simply, Sony needs to start firing the people in charge of user experience and such. They're either the bitch of the people in charge of combating piracy (who also deserve to get sacked) or the higher ups who want people to jump through a bunch of hoops so their satisfied that they've gotten your money.

"Sir! Just because I am DRESSED this way, does not mean..."

Well, I guess I'll hold off getting a Vita for now.

Inb4 Tomba YEAH!

Never played it though ._.

I loved the PS2, they did a great job with that. The PSP sucked, bored me to death and i sold that 4 months after i bought it. But they seem to be getting worse and worse as a company. As jim said, make something awesome and we will buy it......except that Sony thinks we should be lucky we get whatever crap they bring out. The whole "something is better than nothing" mentality. Same with the PS3, they brought it out for £500 (i think) and just expected people to buy it regardless of cost and the crappy game line up. Maybe they have become complacent as a company?

AC10:
Well, I guess I'll hold off getting a Vita for now.

It's not a bad device and the library of games isn't bad, the biggest problem is the frequency of releases unfortunately.

Here is the thing, there is not a single Vita game I want, and to be quite honest there probably never will be. I am however a HUGE fan of the PS1 and it's library of games, and watching the first half of this video enraged me... Good job Sony, had you given the USA the same consideration you gave the rest of the world, I would have bought your handheld and used it as a portable PS1. But apparently you don't even want me to do that. Well, **** you! I am glad I bought a 3DS XL instead. I don't even care that I already had a 3DS, that's how crappy your product is.

It's sad that fear of piracy practically kills a lot of the usability most of us hoped for in these systems. You can't copy installed PSone games and minis to a PSP anymore either, which, since the ideal is to be able to play on the big screen then take the game with you, it'd be nice to be able to do so without prior planning and extra memory cards. I've heard that sony's fee structure for hosting digital content is based on bandwitdh used, so I hope this isn't a cash grab.

I understand the need for some hoops to jump through, but it's put me off a lot of digital buying. Just the fact I can't save PS3 games to something external kills my interest as I don't see my game collection as disposable, and don't want to re-download 6 gigs of something if I get the urge to replay it. I might have bought a vita just on the promise of ditching my UMDs, but no passport feature. I won't let my 3DS off the hook either as it ties digital content to that exact 3DS so content is lost if it's damaged beyond repair (a great idea for something that's meant to leave the safety of the home). And the both really need to work on content and pricing.

I might buy the Vita, only for the PS1 games and that mainly depends if the Spyro and Crash Bandicoot games are on it

I really wish the Vita was worth owning -_- It looks so good on paper, but so shit in reality because of how it all works.

Get your shit together Sony, you're letting gamers everywhere down.

You made the PS2 for fucks sake.

Kitsune Hunter:
I might buy the Vita, only for the PS1 games and that mainly depends if the Spyro and Crash Bandicoot games are on it

Crash 1-3 are on PSN, Spyro is not, at least not in the EU, some certification bullshit.

Reminds me: SONY Y NO PSN CASTLEVANIA:SotN IN EU!?

¨_¨ 4. fucking. years. after. the US.

Sony is not alone in this market, Ubisoft has been paving the way in screwing the legit paying player in a bid to protect their IP at all cost even when it goes way beyond ruining the experience of the player.

The issue is not that they are trying to protect their Ips it is the fact that they are not the only ones who do this, it's just that other companies manage to place secure anti copy protection systems on their IPs but do it without making the customer jump through hoops to then use their software.

With MS taking a real push at cross platform integration (XBox games on PC with Win 8) with their own cloud service in the next generation Sony has to get it's head out of it's backside and step up other wise they will lose customers simply because they won't be willing to put up with the nonsense.

Didn't we already talk about this? Maybe we need to say it again in order for it to sink in.

Yes! This is the crap that is killing my love of Sony. Why? Why do they keep doing these dumb things?! Do they even work?!

Thank God for Tomba!, and thank Tomba! for you Jim.

SonOfVoorhees:
I loved the PS2, they did a great job with that. The PSP sucked, bored me to death and i sold that 4 months after i bought it. But they seem to be getting worse and worse as a company. As jim said, make something awesome and we will buy it......except that Sony thinks we should be lucky we get whatever crap they bring out. The whole "something is better than nothing" mentality. Same with the PS3, they brought it out for £500 (i think) and just expected people to buy it regardless of cost and the crappy game line up. Maybe they have become complacent as a company?

This is the reason why, in the U.S. at least, monopolies are supposed to be illegal. However, due to copyright and patent law nobody but Sony is able to produce and distribute the PS3, Vita and it's games, which is a monopoly, but I never hear anybody being arrested for it.

The reason that Sony and companies like it provides such crappy service is because they know that the only way you can legally obtain the games and systems they copyrighted is to get it through their authorized distribution channels, so they know that they can screw their customers as much as they want, charge ridiculously high prices, and have godawful service and the only option that their customers have if they still want their products is to just shut up and deal with it.

This is why piracy is actually a GOOD thing, they help stop the competitive chokehold that Sony and other similar companies have on the industry, which is more or less what Jim was saying. Whether you actually support piracy or not nobody could argue this point.

It's pretty bad when Nintendo is more consumer friendly and has more easily accessible content. Nintendo.

Call we crazy, but I think there's been already enough talk about piracy and the way company policies cause piracy in Jimquisition. I didn't find anything "new" in this episode.

Jim plays Grandia?!?! Respect +abunch.

One of the main reasons I bought my PS3 was for the older games on the PSN, many of them RPGs. I've never considered getting the Vita simply because of the lack of games I liked on it. It's a nice device, but the only games I play nowadays on a handheld device are Pokemon.

And yes, Toomba is a hell of a game. Hope you enjoy it like I did, Jim!

Another good question is where the hell are the PS2 Classics? I understand that they want to package them together on disc in "HD collections" to mark them up, but wouldn't it be fairly easy to release an emulated version of the ROM at virtually no cost individually at a higher price than it would be on disc? Hell, I'd buy Silent Hill 2 right this second if I could get the original retail release for download, rather than the shoddy HD port. Throw 3 and 4 on there while you're at it. I know that's probably in Konami's court, but still. It would be easy.

Oh Jimmy I am a sony fan boy, and i'm not offended one bit.

Why? I never bought the vita or what ever it's called lol. I bought the ps 1 much later for much less for a handful of games. I had fun.

This thing looked expensive, didn't have that much and honestly i just wasn't ready to move on.

This subject didn't need a crusade sir. But hay good luck, I always love your projects.

zelda2fanboy:
It's pretty bad when Nintendo is more consumer friendly and has more easily accessible content. Nintendo.

Nintendo have their own amount of BS too, tbh.

On topic: I don't get why the US got only 9 PS1 titles or so, it doesn't make any sense, but at least they are rolling more out as we go on.

Jim. We in Eastern Europe has it way, way worse. Sony just shit all over PAL territories in general. Come to think about it, a lot of my PS3 and Vita games are imported US or Asian versions, because EU version is either censored or does not exist.
I really don't like the idea of piracy. When I hate some company too much I just don't buy or use their products at all (Microsoft)... But really when I think about it it's obnoxious that I have to import PS Vita games from another country because SCEE just don't give a shit. Digital downloads my ass!
Sony must merge SCEE, SCEA and all other departments. This really is the only way.

Oh and let's not forget the region locked DLC. Service problem? The only way one can get DLC for Asian games that never came out in EU is either format your vita to play them, create a fake account in Asian country and add funds to it or wait till somebody crack the vita and pirate the DLC.

P.S. I may normally be considered a Sony fanboy but I agree with Jim completely and also must add that all employees of SCEE deserve to feed on feces in Hell for eternity.

It's frankly baffling how many idiotic mistakes Sony has been making. As someone who only owns Nintendo and Sony systems, I must say I'm envious of Microsoft fans- the House of Gates isn't immune to being a big dumb corporation, lord no, but it has its sh*t together.

immortalfrieza:
This is the reason why, in the U.S. at least, monopolies are supposed to be illegal. However, due to copyright and patent law nobody but Sony is able to produce and distribute the PS3, Vita and it's games, which is a monopoly, but I never hear anybody being arrested for it.

That's not what "monopoly" means...

That was one epic intro there. Absolutely brilliant!
There were some classy PS1 games back in the day, I surprised they haven't just ported the who library - they're only a gig or so each.

Sony could take a lesson from Valve with Steam. I know the rules of the site, but lets just say that when I was a poor, unemployed teenager I used to acquire the few comp games (namely an RTS here or there) in less than legal ways. Now that I've pretty much converted to the Church of Steam, it is literally not worth my time to pirate a game and play around trying to get it to work, than to dish out a few bucks, get the game nicely integrated into my library with achievements and constant updates. There is a reason why my PS3 has been essentially off for a year now, and is only occasionally turned on to play a DVD.

Azuaron:

immortalfrieza:
This is the reason why, in the U.S. at least, monopolies are supposed to be illegal. However, due to copyright and patent law nobody but Sony is able to produce and distribute the PS3, Vita and it's games, which is a monopoly, but I never hear anybody being arrested for it.

That's not what "monopoly" means...

Copied from Dictionary.com

mo∑nop∑o∑ly
   [muh-nop-uh-lee]

noun, plural mo∑nop∑o∑lies.
1.
exclusive control of a commodity or service in a particular market, or a control that makes possible the manipulation of prices. Compare duopoly, oligopoly.

2.
an exclusive privilege to carry on a business, traffic, or service, granted by a government.

3.
the exclusive possession or control of something.

4.
something that is the subject of such control, as a commodity or service.

5.
a company or group that has such control.

Which is what I said, maybe not in those exact words but I did say it. So yes, Sony and similar companies are in fact monopolies because nobody else is allowed to produce and distribute any system or game that they created and still possess the rights and patents to.

immortalfrieza:
This is the reason why, in the U.S. at least, monopolies are supposed to be illegal. However, due to copyright and patent law nobody but Sony is able to produce and distribute the PS3, Vita and it's games, which is a monopoly, but I never hear anybody being arrested for it.

I'm sorry, what? A company gets to control how their own products are made and sold? This is also somehow wrong?

UdderedAvenger:

zelda2fanboy:
It's pretty bad when Nintendo is more consumer friendly and has more easily accessible content. Nintendo.

Nintendo have their own amount of BS too, tbh.

On topic: I don't get why the US got only 9 PS1 titles or so, it doesn't make any sense, but at least they are rolling more out as we go on.

why do you think post people have a modded wii or psp?? They know that Sony or Nintendo can not deliver on their promises so we turn to methods that are convenient in our favor.

Just one more reason my pc is being used as a gaming device (via good old games and steam) while my ps3 makes a pretty nice blu-ray player.

Hell yeah, Tomba!

I sure hope Sony can get its shit together, they've been letting me down for quite a few years now.
Then again, Nintendo has been doing that to me since the N64 (and Microsoft has been doing that to me forever).

Hmmm, slightly off topic but was Tomba on one of the PS1 demo discs? If so I may have just found an excuse to get a PSVita..

immortalfrieza:

Azuaron:

immortalfrieza:
This is the reason why, in the U.S. at least, monopolies are supposed to be illegal. However, due to copyright and patent law nobody but Sony is able to produce and distribute the PS3, Vita and it's games, which is a monopoly, but I never hear anybody being arrested for it.

That's not what "monopoly" means...

Copied from Dictionary.com

mo∑nop∑o∑ly
   [muh-nop-uh-lee]

noun, plural mo∑nop∑o∑lies.
1.
exclusive control of a commodity or service in a particular market, or a control that makes possible the manipulation of prices. Compare duopoly, oligopoly.

2.
an exclusive privilege to carry on a business, traffic, or service, granted by a government.

3.
the exclusive possession or control of something.

4.
something that is the subject of such control, as a commodity or service.

5.
a company or group that has such control.

Which is what I said, maybe not in those exact words but I did say it. So yes, Sony and similar companies are in fact monopolies because nobody else is allowed to produce and distribute any system or game that they created and still possess the rights and patents to.

EH?

It is not having a monopoly to have exclusive rights to sell something you create. The Playstation, Vita, et al are games and systems to which Sony has ownership of. They have competition from Nintendo and Microsoft in the form of the systems and games they have ownership of. Saying that Sony has a Monopoly because only they have the right to sell a Playstation is like saying Ford has a Monopoly because only they can sell a ford model car. It's ludicrous statement. To say something like this is to have no understanding whatsoever of the definition you just quoted.

An example of a monopoly would be like in my area we have only one power utility company. One company provides the power for the entire province. That is a monopoly. They would lose that monopoly if another utility opened up and provided a similar service.

Nintendo and Microsoft provide a similar service with their own technologies therefore Sony as much as I hate those cheeky anti consumer bastards do not have a monopoly.

OT

Jim, right on the nail. Keep it up and keep hammering those idiotic bastards.

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