Tumbler - let it be stated that I never called you a pirate. I don't know you and don't have a clue what you do in your personal affairs. What I was responding to is what seemed to me a justification of piracy in your message.
I think why people choose not to spend money is more important than why piracy exists. A lot of my displeasure with PC products today stem from anti piracy measures. I don't like all the BS they (PC GAMES COMPANIES) make me put up with. (Buggy software doesn't help either) And that is why I'm not spending money on PC games in general.
I don't at all disagree with your stance that piracy isn't the biggest problem facing PC gaming, and if the truth were known, it's probably not even in the top 5. We're really talking separate issues. On the one hand, I personally take a strong stance against piracy and get pretty steamed when I hear people talk about doing it so flippantly. I mean, doesn't it make you mad that half of the people playing CoD4, a game you professed to have liked a lot, are using cracked/warez versions? It sure bothers me.
On the other hand, I'll be the first to admit that there would be a great deal fewer pirates if developers didn't encourage it through stupid copy protection and ridiculous pricing schemes. I also agree with you that fighting piracy is a losing battle and ends up treating your legitimate users like criminals. We agree on most everything; I think our problem is speaking about 2 separate issues.
This comment was edited on Apr 24, 21:42.
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