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This morning’s story on the developers over at Greenheart Games and their unusual approach to punishing pirates got us thinking about the practice of pirating games and its prevalence, as well as the changing attitudes towards the practice. We're curious about the experiences of the Game Informer community, and their attitudes towards the practice.
Growing up in the 1980s, I can recall that many friends at the time considered it common and acceptable practice to pass around floppy disks that contained the latest Apple and PC games without a second thought. As a result, many higher-end computer games of the time had aggressive and unusual methods to maintain copy protection, such as looking up lines of text in the instruction manual, or using strange code wheels to answer a question as the game booted up. Looking back, it seems awful that such rampant piracy was so accepted among rank and file gamers. Today, the game piracy questions has remained a major issue – though floppy disks have been replaced by torrent sites and other online sharing tools.
Have you ever engaged in game piracy to get a game without paying for it? Presuming you no longer do it, what made you stop? If you still pirate games, why do you still do it? Do you feel like it’s wrong, or is it not a big deal? While we’re at it, do you include game emulation of older games in the same category as pirating modern-day games, and do you ever use emulators?
Share your thoughts in the comments below, and remember that we’re all here for a discussion, not recriminations about how different people feel or act on this issue.
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I was downright rampant with the piracy back when Napster was a thing, and filetopia after that, but even then if the game was good enough I'd go out and buy it. I also have hundreds of ROMs for NES and SNES, but I don't feel bad about those because no one is making money off those old games anyway. I did get a GameCube emulator and Wind Waker because it's my favorite Zelda ever and I wanted to play it at a higher resolution and I already owned it before that anyway. But for the record I haven't pirated anything in ages, I buy all my games now.
I have in the past, but haven't pirated a game in over 5 years, and even before then I still only pirated like 2 games. I guess I technically did recently for a really old PC game, but I(along with some of my friends) bought it originally. The only reason I did it was because the file was wiped from my computer, and I didn't have a backup. I didn't go to some shady website like Pirate Bay. I copied the file from my friends computer. That game is Tzar: The Burden of the Crown. It's not that great of a game, but my friends and I loved it; we still play it to death.
The reason why I no longer even consider pirating games is because I've grown up, and I appreciate the developers/publishers much more now(especially since the fall of THQ). I show that appreciation by paying for their products. If I can't afford it - then I wait till I can.
Aye, before Risen 2 released I returned to the docks with large barrels full of the game. When the review embargo dropped however, I was left with many copies.
Who wants a copy of Risen 2?
The closest I ever get is downloading old ROMs nothing newer than PSX though
Nope, the only things I torrent are books not available for kindle. If they were for sale I'd buy em.
Just wanted to comment how alot of you are owing up to piracy, yet on the other article feeling bad for those recently laid off... piracy contributes to those laid off r-tards.
I used a SNES emulator once...
I'll admit I pirated a few PC games during my college years but only games that were either really old (like Icewind Dale, the first American McGee Alice game, or Severence: Blade of Darkness) or games I'd previously bought but no longer had ready access to.
I lost my Empire Earth disk and couldn't play it so I torrented it (I later found the disk). I also have emulators for Nintendo 64 (my 64 broke and wanted to play some of the games), DS (Ace Attorney games), Gameboy (Pokemon Red) and SNES (Metroid).
I don't pirate games; never have, never will. If I can't afford a game I wait for it to get cheaper, or I don't play it at all.
Depends. I usually torrent a game to see if I like it enough to shell out the money for it... or when theres absolutely no way to buy the game anymore. I also usually pay for the game if I end up liking it (Hotline Miami and Blood Dragon being a part of this) or just uninstalling it if I dont. I also have emus and roms, though I rarely ever play them. I end up playing the stuff I pay for on PSN/XBLA/Wii Shop way more than I ever play the roms I have on my PC.
I did once. I pirated Skyrim, though I bought a Ps3 copy so I felt it was not all that bad, and considering the quality of that it was ok. Pirating was awful, and the *** services injecting *** into my computer-at least trying- and it was more of a pain to mod. No thanks. I eventually bought a PC version of skyrim, and lovin it.
it is unethical to legislate an infinite resource.
I've never pirated games before. A friend of mine does it all time though, and he's even offered to mod my Xbox, but I always refuse. Aside from not wanting to steal, I always like to support the developers. That and the fact that I like having a legit copy of the game.
The last time I pirated a game was like 4-5 years ago (before that I pirated in college which was like 10 years ago - but mostly software and music). My brother gave me a modded DS Lite with a bunch of games. He wanted to share handheld gaming with me. I had stopped playing games and gaming was one thing my brother & I could bond around. I loved it. After the initial set-up of ROM games, I purchased all my games afterward and have not pirated or accepted pirated games since. After a while, I stopped playing the emulator entirely and just played games that I bought for the DS myself.
I no longer pirate because (a) I can afford not to do so and (b) I want to support the devs & publishers for entertainment that I enjoy. I do have to say that I still feel guilty that I played pirated games but I hope that I've made up for it in purchasing all the sequels to the games that I did enjoy playing on the modded DS Lite.
I do have a question to ask... is sharing a game with your friends (i.e. letting them borrow a console game) considered pirating?
I used to download ROMs back in college, like 10 years ago, but as I've gotten older, I've found that I feel much better paying for my games, plus with the widespread availability of classic games across all consoles, almost anything I want is readily available.