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Is there really nothing stopping people from pirating PC games?

#1Holy_OblivionPosted 2/22/2014 10:12:16 AM
I know several people that play mainly on PCs and they all torrent new releases as soon as they're out. Do developers not implement good anti-piracy software into their games?
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#2TurboAE86Posted 2/22/2014 10:13:18 AM
if i would never buy it anyway, who do it hurt?

its not like a free car or a free food, it doesnt really do anything, someone just plays game who never would have that game normally. No big deal.
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#3-CJF-Posted 2/22/2014 10:22:07 AM
No DRM is fullproof because, as many skilled programmers there are out there creating DRM, there are legions more dedicated to cracking it. The only way I've seen that can guarantee your game won't be pirated is to make a game that revolves around online, like an MMORPG. Even that isn't a guarantee, there are sometimes Private Servers, but most people want the real thing.The more strict DRM becomes, the more it just hurts legitimate consumers. Pirates will always find a way.

That said, there are laws in place, but they are rarely enforced.
#4The cranky hermitPosted 2/22/2014 10:29:07 AM
if i would never buy it anyway, who do it hurt?

This is not sound logic. This is flimsy rationalization, and it doesn't bear much scrutiny.

Obviously there are those who WOULD buy it anyway. Plenty of people have enough interest to buy it - do you really think that none of them would get it for free if given the opportunity? That would be absurd, so people ARE pirating instead of buying, which hurts the developers lots.

As for you personally, you have no right to say "I would never buy it anyway" once you make pirating an option. Even considering piracy has lowered a game's value to you - you are rationalizing after the fact, and besides that, the game clearly has SOME value to you if you have enough interest to play it. Put another way, try running a business where anyone can get your services for free as long as they say they wouldn't pay you anyway. See how long you last.
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#5cody4783Posted 2/22/2014 10:30:11 AM
Oh boy...Haven't seen this topic in a little while at least.


Mind if I set up a popcorn stand over in the corner? I'll see ya on the third page.
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#6CaioNVPosted 2/22/2014 10:31:17 AM
Actually, there are quite a lot of people who pi-
cody4783 posted...
Oh boy...Haven't seen this topic in a little while at least.


Mind if I set up a popcorn stand over in the corner? I'll see ya on the third page.

... This is a better reaction. Can you share the popcorn?
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#7cody4783Posted 2/22/2014 10:32:33 AM
CaioNV posted...
... This is a better reaction. Can you share the popcorn?

Hey now! No free rides. But given it's still early I'll give you my discounted introductory rate. ;)

Gotta make a livin' any way I can.
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#8MichaelWStevensPosted 2/22/2014 10:34:19 AM
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#9cody4783Posted 2/22/2014 10:37:25 AM
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#1032x2zPosted 2/22/2014 10:47:02 AM
A lot of people pirate games but only for that to serve as a demo to them. If they like it they go out and buy it or if they don't they delete it. People these days are very conscientious with their money and don't want to spend it on a game, that a developer put little work into initially due to day 1 DLC. I don't advocate pirating but I think all games should come with a 15-30 minute demo (depending on genre) that way people can actually know if they like the game.

Examples of this being employed is like when I was a kid and sega genesis had this online feature where you could download a game (like cookies on a computer) and play it until you turned off your genesis. This was a great feature because as a kid I got tired of spending allowance and money earned by cutting lawns on games that were subpar. I think it's a great feature since I used it as a kid. I'm not saying games don't include demo's, I'm just saying all games should so people can make wise decisions based on personal experience and not reviews. This is just my opinion since that's what I did since the internet wasn't as prominent with video game reviews during the genesis era.

This is just my 2cents though.