Posted 18 March 2012 - 10:27 PM
I hate Jim Sterling on Dtoid for many reasons but his stance on piracy has a lot of good points. Ill try and name a few that I remember and agree with. (These are all things that I hear/assume and are my opinions not Dtoids, blah blah blah)
Pirating isn't always people being cheapskates or thieves, its people wanting the product without sh**ty DRM problems. When things like iTunes appear, people flock to it because its an easy way to get your music and its relativity cheap. But then they discover DRM and don't want to have to deal with things like authorizing and 15 passwords and syncing and such. Some people in the music/game industry think that DRM will stop people pirating but all it does it slow down the focused ones and make life miserable for the goody-two shoes that actually paid for the game.
I can't tell you how much I love Humble Bundles. They make tons of money selling a pack of 5 or so games, but they do it without DRM and you pay what you want. Some might pay a dollar and thats fine and I dont think anything less of them for it. Notch pays 5000$ and I respect him for that, and he's doing it to give support to the Devs and to charity, without getting 5000 copies of the game. I admit that I have sent every humble bundle code I have to my brother so that he can enjoy some new games. I dont think its pirating because when I buy the bundle they say "share it with your friends!" and by saving my friends 5$ I dont think I'm ripping off the Devs. I'm not suggesting that everyone go do that now but I think that in this digital age, the consumer should get his moneys worth, and having to pay extra for online passes or having to enter 5 codes just to install a game is stupid, bad for the company and bad for the consumer.
Here's a conversation I had with a friend:
Me: Hey, what games you been playing?
Friend: Battlefield 3
Me: Is it good?
Friend: Oh yeah! Its really great.
Me: Hmmm. Maybe I could borrow it sometime?
Friend: I would but theres some DRM that doesnt let me, I already tried with my other friend.
If I had been able to borrow the game, love it, and decide to buy it, I would have been able to support the developers but instead, I just have to buy it blindly, hoping that its good. If not Ill return it but there goes my time trying to argue with Gamestop employees and other stupid, unnecessary crap.
I think I got a little off topic there, but the tl;dr version is:
Pirating is bad but DRM should be easier on the real consumer and a lot of people wouldn't pirate if it was easy to get the product.....yeah.
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