WaltC wrote on Nov 24, 2011, 17:56:
Secondly, and this is a big bugaboo here, console piracy is actually rampant. Just Google or Bing "xBox360 piracy," for starters. Contrary to popular uninformed opinion, piracy is not just restricted to PCs.
No one ever said anything about "restricted" but the VAST majority of piracy is definitely happening on the PC:TorrentFreak Stats 2008TorrentFreak Stats 2009TorrentFreak Stats 2010
Well, and since torrenting has really gone out of fashion I don't even want to know what the numbers look like if we were able to include file sharing services or usenet and the like that the more technically inclined PC pirates have turned to for the most part. That 95% figure all of a sudden sounds mighty realistic to me.
I think when you hear a lot of nonsense from companies like UbiSoft, what they are really saying is "We have no intention of investing the time or money it would take to create top-notch PC fare. No, we like the average to below average expectations we have to deal with in the console markets just fine." That's really the problem--it's a sour grapes problem--they see how their competitors are doing *great* in the PC market, and this causes them to defensively make statements "explaining" why they cannot do as well and have no intention even of really trying.
Sorry but that's just as much nonsense right there as you accuse Ubi of spouting. The big publishers are like prostitutes. They will always go where the most money can be made. If major money could be made on the PC then they'd be all over it but money isn't made on the PC due to rampant piracy being just one (but not the only one
, of course) of the main issues.