Skip to Content
6-17-2011 @ 1:16PM
I admit that I pirate my games. Not all, and I'm more than HAPPY to pay for them, but with the way the economy is right now and student loans and bills on my back, I just don't have the capability nor wish to plop down 50-60 bucks for a game that I'll only play once or that turns out to be a clunker. More often than not, I pirate to test it. If I feel its worth it, supports replay value (I prefer single-player. A 10-hour campaign with the only replay value being "fetch quests" or New Game+ is not worth 60$ bucks to me) and I feel that the company won't treat me like shit (restrictive DRM, cancelling support for the game after 6months, releasing the game as buggy and then never patching it, etc), I'm more than happy to pay full price for it. Valve, Blizzard, Firaxis, the guys who make the Total War games, and Bethesda get a significant portion of my monthly entertainment budget because I feel like I'm getting my 60$ worth playing those games. I just don't have the money to risk on every interesting looking game nowadays. When I was a kid, I bought any PS2 game that looked cool. I've got a library of about 40 games, and I've only beaten half at most. I can't afford that anymore, so it's either: Not buy anymore games at all because I don't want to risk it, or pirate and play for a bit and decide.I'm ready for my flaming now. (On demos, I play them, but they don't release them for every game anymore.
6-17-2011 @ 1:18PM
Anyway, my point was that not all "pirates" do it out of malicious intent. I test drive cars before I buy. I test play games before I buy.
6-17-2011 @ 1:21PM
I do the same on occassion. If its from a publisher I don't know, or something that looks interesting, but not great, I'll grab it. When Dragon Age came out I hadn't heard of BioWare. After about 20 minutes of playing I bought it. And Mass Effect. And KotOR. And Jade Empire. And looked for Baldur's Gate on Amazon because Steam didn't have it.So- because of that, BioWare has made a huge chunk of cash off me. Since I like what they do I continue to give them money so that they can continue to make games.
6-17-2011 @ 1:23PM
Bioware. That's another company I forgot about. I'm frothing at the mouth for ME3 and TOR, and am MORE than happy to give them my credit card on launch day for those two games because I know what to expect.
6-17-2011 @ 1:52PM
@cyaneaDo you purchase the games you end up liking and deleting the ones you only play once?
6-17-2011 @ 2:03PM
@HalI do. For example, I just (a few months ago) discovered Fallout New Vegas (shows how much I attention I pay to gaming press). I really loved Fallout 3 and was all set to buy New Vegas...when I discovered that the game wasn't actually developed by Bethesda but Obsidian who had left a bad taste in my mouth with their buggy, unfinished, and all around bad KOTOR 2. So I downloaded it. I played it for a few hours and quit. It was too much of the same in terms of gameplay, the story felt really disjointed, the world wasn't nearly as enthralling as it was the first time, and the bugs were disheartening. So I uninstalled it and didn't buy it. (Not all bugs are dealbreakers for me. Evil Genius was buggy as hell, with a final mission objective that was unobtainable without using the console, but I bought it (and then again a few months ago) because the game was humorous, fantastic, fun, and full of replay value.)
6-17-2011 @ 2:22PM
I hear what you're saying. Funny enough, Evil Genius was one of the games that really raised my DRM ire. I have the game on CD, have had it for years (and yes, it's funny and awesome). I just about lost my mind when it wouldn't work anymore because something flagged my legitimate copy of the game as pirated :-/ Finally solved that problem by getting it on Steam.Personally, I don't mind buying a game. I'd like to say it's because it's the 'right thing to do' but honestly it's more selfish then that. I like gaming therefore I'm going to support the companies that provide games I enjoy. I also like very old games that aren't easy to obtain anymore. Thank goodness for Steam, they've brought back old classics like Evil Genius, X-Com, etc and I'm more then happy to drop some money on them to relive that experience.Personally, I understand the need for DRM... but in so many cases it hinders legitimate customers while really doing very little to prevent piracy. Take Spore for example. I really look at EA distrustfully after that mess and it would take something serious to consider buying another game from them.And yes, I paid for Torchlight, it was worth it.
6-17-2011 @ 2:30PM
This almost makes me miss the days of old. (I'll be showing my age here.)This is where freeware demos REALLY nailed it. You could download a game (sure, this was pc-based RPGs that would fit on a 5 1/4" floppy) and play it. Usually you were limited on character levels or couldn't leave the, for a lack of a better term, starting area. If you liked the game, you bought it. The guy (yeah, one person) who made the game got some cash and you got a chance to try it out first.And yes, I did actually buy a game like that one time. Somewhere around 1990 or so. :)(I think major corporations need to rethink piracy - the RIAA really shot themselves in the foot with the way they fought electronic distribution instead of embracing it. I wouldn't be surprised if some people pirated music in retaliation. Admittedly, paying $15-20 for a CD with 1-2 good songs and a bunch of filler just isn't worth it for the consumer.)
6-17-2011 @ 2:35PM
@SpriestessIsn't it fantastic? I loved playing as the Fu Manchu parody just because I loved watching his "Kill Minion" animation.I believe in supporting companies, but I also think there's an important line to draw. If I purchase a bad video game, I feel as though I'm supporting the company...in making another bad video game. Whereas when I buy a game that I know is good, I'm telilng the company, "Continue to make games like this and I will give you a blank check." That's why, despite being a huge fan of the Medal of Honor series on the PSOne and PS2...I stopped after Frontline because I rented Rising Sun and found it to be atrocious and it just seemed stale in every iteration after that. And now it's just another Modern Warfare/gun-metal and brown colored shooter?Pass.
6-17-2011 @ 2:37PM
@ The DewdNo problem, because I'm about to show mine. I absolutely LOVED the Shareware model, especially the ones that id Games used in the early nineties: you'd get to play a full third of the overall story. It was free and it was PLENTY of game. You had to pay for the second and third installments. They rarely were limited in gameplay and you got to see EVERYTHING the game had to offer you. Traffic Department 2192 and TIE Fighter were the first games I bought legitimately as a kid because I played the shareware bits, and was blown away.
6-17-2011 @ 2:47PM
@cyanea85Haha, I love that guy! I tend to play as Alexis because she's just cool. It's such a funny, unusual, and enjoyable game. And here's the thing... that game is 7 years old at this point. And it's brought me 7 years of enjoyment (off and on over that time of course). Just recently I loaded up my very old copy of Pharaoh, which is 12 years old (and now I'm showing my age too!). Something that I can use and enjoy for 10-ish years, I have no problem with paying for.I do completely understand what you mean by saying that paying for a lousy game kind of feels like supporting more dreadful games to be made. I tend to try and research games as much as I can before buying them... and get really frustrated when I mess up and buy something that turns out to be a buggy, dull, or dreadful mess.
6-17-2011 @ 4:01PM
I have an interesting rule about purchasing non-MMO games: I only purchase them after there is a fairly perfect crack available. No exceptions, no matter how much I want the game. I HATE DRM, and I won't risk getting locked out of a game I bought due to misbehaving DRM.(I mostly ignore Battle.net, Steam, and D2D due to their online DRM; as for the older Blizzard games on Battle.net without DRM, I already own all of them.)BTW, my game shelf at GOG (which sells old games without DRM for reasonable prices) is already quite nice, with at least a couple years worth of games :)
6-20-2011 @ 7:33PM
@ The DewdIf you're routinely "paying $15-20 for a CD with 1-2 good songs and a bunch of filler", maybe you're listening to the wrong 'artists' (I use the term loosely)...
First time? A confirmation email will be sent to you after submitting.
Members enter your username and password.
Enter your AOL or AIM screenname and password.
Please keep your comments relevant to this blog entry. Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments.
When you enter your name and email address, you'll be sent a link to confirm your comment, and a password. To leave another comment, just use that password.
To create a live link, simply type the URL (including http://) or email address and we will make it a live link for you. You can put up to 3 URLs in your comments. Line breaks and paragraphs are automatically converted — no need to use <p> or <br /> tags.