Really aggravate me. I know piracy of any digital goods is a huge hot topic issue on the Internets today, and it really isnt going to be easily analyzed without massive blocks of text. Ill try to avoid that, as its not really the point of this post.
So Ive got this friend who I know to be a frequent pirate. Today he just mentioned to me that ARMA III is coming out Q4 2012, and we had a little chat about how were eagerly anticipating the game. He also stated that theres a lot of pressure to buy these games because of how great they are. I could already see where he was going with this Of course he goes on to complain about how the game will cost $50.
He honestly drives me crazy. Seriously. $50 is not that much for a piece of entertainment that I know hell play for hundreds of hours. I reasoned that even if you play for 50 hours, thats a single dollar per each hour of gameplay which strikes me as great value. There might not be a better interactive experience for that kind of money. Of course, to a pirate why pay for something when you can get it for free?
In response, he rebut that its just a game, lol. To this Im not sure what he meant. Is he trying to demean games as an entertainment form, saying that games arent worth that sum of money because theyre games? Maybe I just read it wrong. Thats definitely possible, but it just struck me as him reasoning that games are of lesser value, therefore not worth spending money on. But where does it stop? If you were to reason, its just a game, couldnt you also do the same with books, movies, etc.? Where does it stop for crying out loud.
I didnt really feel like talking to the guy after that, because I knew itd just devolve into a pointless debate which would accomplish nothing. In my mind, piracy = stealing. I sound like a pretentious, stuck-up, and arrogant person for branding people like that, but in essence thats what piracy is. A pirate takes something of which they have no right to.Whether its justfiable, thats arguable.
Its a big piss off for me when pirates can afford something, yet they pirate anyways. How about you support the people who made the thing you enjoy, rather than get it for free just because you can. Simply unjustifiable. That aforementioned friend really annoys me, because I KNOW he can afford it. With frequent Steam or other such digital sales where the prices are markedly reduced after a while, I find it hard to believe that at the most $50 is unreasonable to him.
Theres the whole point with those who cant afford games and software suites like Photoshop, and how piracy for them is justifiable. In certain senses, yeah I can agree. But thats a topic for another day. Im dead tired. Just a little something I felt like I had to get off of me.
P.S. Feel free to comment on how ironic it is that I wished to avoid a large wall of text, yet here it is anyways . This is also from my Wordpress. Check it here.