Can we not simply have non-copy protected games that retail for no more than $30? We can back them up, they can sell well, I don't give a rip what the reasons for $50 games are, I don't care how ignorant this sounds.
If they aren't worth $50 to you - don't buy em. You can't be addicted to em. They'll be $30 or less in 6 months anyway.
Who makes the money from $55? Who goes home rich? How many celebrity game developers are still doing donuts in Ferrari's these days (figure of speech, not necessarily statement of irony)?
Generally publishers and retail stores. Though of course there is id, EA, Epic etc
Do we somehow believe it to be a right to play a game without the CD simply because there exists data on our hard drives from some lengthy and inconvenient installation, therefore we crack the executables, therefore we steal the games online?
Yes, largely people do. I can steal largely anonymously therefore I will is the pre-dominant characteristic of most PC Gamers. Though naturally they have a flexible definition of 'steal' so that obtaining the game without paying the asking price is not stealing.
Do the consoles suffer any less from this?
Deaf ears, money, grotesquely overweight bastards in cheap Italian suits doing what they call 'business'... that's all it is anymore.
its the western dream, largely invented in america.
Fuck the Communists, fuck the Capitalists, fuck the Materialists who come up with all this shit. I make $3.85USD an hour after taxes working for an executive board who’ll pay themselves millions. Then with that slave-money I buy this trash from another exploitive executive board and I can't make it fucking stop.
Don't buy the games. Don't buy the games. Don't buy the games.
There's nearly one major shopping holiday for every month now and they need it that way. January brings New Year, Boxing Day, my father's birthday; February brings Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day; in March it's my birthday and even St. Patty's for liquor, sweets, and cards now... All of which in some part of the world are now exploited and raped into major shopping occasions. This is on topic people, you know it is. They print the fucking money - you can't 'vote with your wallet'.
Yes you can. Doesn't history teach you anything? You can't do it individually, but if $50 is too high a price for everyone to pay then the companies will go bust. If you genuinely think that $30 is a fair price for a game, never buy a game for more. Unless I suppose you like knowingly being ripped off.
Ooh! Ooh! I know! Individualized RFID chips in every CD! That's the ticket! Individualized mandatory online registration! That'll solve this issue of 'piracy'! Bibles off one side of the boat, opium off the other! Who needs the American ideal! We're a 'western' nation now!
Er isn't the american ideal to screw everybody else for as much money as you like with no interference from govt/international law etc etc.
Anvil - from the land of warm beer and mad cattle.