|QUOTE (YankeesPwnMets @ May 14 2011, 13:40)|
I am talking about those like Jay Z, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, etc. All the big names. The smaller, less popular artists, I don''t really listen to them.
it sounds like you have no need to pirate music. just turn on whatever pop radio station you have handy.
i honestly only play a couple of games a year and spend 100+ hours playing them. i've learned to tell the difference between a game that's worth my $$ and a game that's a waste -- i wouldn't think of buying 'kung fu panda II' for xbox, but i laid down my clams for fallout.
i feel like if you have unlimited free access to all games, you're going to have a harder time learning that discernment.
i agree with just about everyone here that it's impossible to stop, that it drives up game prices, and that that cost markup is inflated and largely artificial. IMO the used game market and outfits like steam hurt sales more than piracy does.
a good example from my actual life:
i have a mate that pirates lots of games and has steam and buys up a ton of games for pennies at every chance. i pay full price for 2-3 games a year. i suck the life out of games exploring every option. he gets bored with them in a day or two. he gave up on gran turismo because it took more than 20 minutes to set up a driver. he quit arkham asylum after level 2 because it was too hard. he got an illegal copy of fallout complete with trainer and got bored after half a weekend. he doesn't like multiplayer FPS games because he doesn't play them long enough to build up any skill - there's always a new game to play the next week. every day it's a new game he's talking about, and the next day he says it sucks. total gamer ADD.
maybe not a typical example, but it illustrates this point - when you don't have to earn something, you don't appreciate it. so there's a down side to the pirateers.
i'm not totally against piracy - there are am sure many situations where there isn't any other way to get a game, or it's just economically out of reach, as previous posts point out. i admit i pirate movies - i pirate foreign films that don't have a chance of showing up in a video stores ( there are still video stores? ) and TV shows - no different than a tivo IMO. if it IS worth owning, buy it. there's no way around the fact that piracy = theft, no matter how you try to justify it. we're not talking about bread to feed your kids here.
if i can't afford a game, then i don't have time to spend playing it either. if a game isn't worth paying for, it's not worth playing either.