Let me state that any type of advocating for piracy is a quick ticket out of our forums.
There is no excuse for stealing.
I don't advocate piracy, just to be clear, but I find this statement a bit unfortunate. I have even stated that in the case of well financed publications it often has a negative effect and represents a loss in revenue for the publisher. But while I feel there are good reasons why racism, bashing, and even homophobia should be monitored on a website, these are all attacks against an individual, not an idea. The freedom of speech is something that most developed nations have acknowledged as a critical element in a functional Democracy (or more accurately a Republic in most cases). While it's your right to ban Stardock customers over a difference of opinion, since the forum is your private property, I feel discussions should not be forced to conform to the political ideologies of your organization. Should we also fear banning if we support GMO labeling, Net Neutrality or pro-choice abortions?
In essence, saying "Hey, if you have a friend that owns [insert platinum title here], then just borrow the bluray for a weekend to see if you like it. And if you do.. buy it" is no different. The only difference is the method of content delivery for testing. Is lending a purchased console disk to a friend piracy? Can a member be banned for "supporting" this practice? The impact of game lending and second hand purchases in the console market is another heated topic. You cannot avoid a discussion about piracy when addressing the issue either. Game "lending" represents a revenue loss as well.
I think we all remember the backlash against Microsoft when they announced that the Xbox One would require once-a-day internet check ins and restrict both game lending and second hand sales. If anybody believes these issues are going to just disappear you're are dreaming. Microsoft was even considering retailing the Xbox One without an optical drive altogether, and making all purchases download-only. The technology simply wasn't ready with current game sizes. Already, just a year later, 6TB hard drives are common, and with fiber internet expansions, you can bet this will be a very likely proposition next generation. If not on the "flagship" product version , then on a cheaper "arcade" type alternative.
Now, I simply cannot be bothered with it. Even if I'm not as much of a hard-ass against it as others may be, there are simply too many alternatives to allow you to explore how a game plays to make any of those 'try before you buy' excuses work. There's also such a large number of compelling games out there that I would imagine unless you really had nothing else to do during a day than play games there's no way you could plow through all the content.
Actually that's what irritates me far more than piracy, the entitlement people feel about what they should be able to access for free. That and smart phones. Smart phones are evil, and budget busters for a lot of people who could spend that monthly money on far far more important things.
I completely agree that entitlement plays a major factor. People simply can't wait for a game to be released, or wait for their pay-check to buy an interesting title. This is probably most evident in the case of blockbuster telesync movies, which are released during their cinematic screening. The cinema offers a far superior experience in terms of quality and atmosphere, but even poor quality telesyncs remain incredibly popular. I have enjoyed the theater for as long a I can remember, and would never download a movie in such manner. I say either pay for an "experience" or wait for the Blu-Ray. That said, I recently saw Guardians Of The Galaxy in the cinema and it was awesome!
The only exception to this is a kick-starter game that you missed. I have supported a couple crowd-funding games, but sometimes you miss them, or never heard of them. They can remain in development for two years or more, and while many offer the ability to buy into their Kickstarter beta testing, many do not. In that case, pirating may be the only way to try those games. I suppose "entitlement" plays a role here too. There are a lot of indie games today, and it can be hard to keep up with all of them. This is not an excuse for piracy, especially since there are videos with content reviews, as you said.
It's already been said, but I'll say it again - Youtube Let's Plays have been one of the greatest gaming boons ever. A single competent Let's Play is more valuable than all the reviews, previews, and forum threads put together. They've saved me a lot of money on games that sounded good in reviews and discussions, but immediately turned me off when I saw them in action.
That was my argument in terms of added value for indie games. I have actually seen obviously cracked games shown on "Lets Plays" with thousands of views. [RELOADED.INFO] on the desktop right next to the executable? In that, very rare case, the attention can serve a positive purpose. That doesn't mean the act of piracy was "right" or even "acceptable" depending on your point of view, but the outcome, in that particular case, was positive for the developer. Piracy should still be frowned upon, but I don't think it's as bad as people try to make it out to be in terms of morality or revenue loss.
I whole heartedly agree. In fact watching the Dev Stream on twitch was a major influence in me buying into the beta (which I would normally never do!)
The Dev streams are awesome! I would have certainly bought GC2 if I was around to watch the development and keep an eye on progress like they have done with Galactic Civilizations 3. However, there really aren't very many views for the streams uploaded to YouTube. I feel like this great content is going under appreciated. Perhaps we should start some kind of campaign to draw attention to the GC3 development channel?
This is starting to feel like a serial killer confession. Lol
I couldn't agree more. I think I need to wash my hands.
PS: Of course we can be friends.
I can understand if very poor people pirate games. The rest can go fuck themselves.
Teenagers and college kids are often quite poor and represent the bulk of piracy IMO. Teens also tend to masturbate a lot, so i suppose those two go hand-in-hand.