The insinuation that there's no harm done because so many (claim they) wouldn't have bought the game anyway is one that I continue to find amusing. You know it's still wrong and that you're just contributing to the biggest problem facing the PC platform, don't you?
I can't tell if you are just trolling or not Ventura (so kudos to you for that if you actually are
), but I'm going to assume you aren't and respond to this since it contains the biggest flaw in your way of thinking. Moreover, it's a widespread myth that needs to die. Namely, the "PC Piracy is the biggest problem with PC gaming" fallacy. This is simply demonstrably false. There haven't been many games that avoided being cracked for very long, but there have been several that have. I'll use "Splinter Cell Chaos Theory", a game that avoided being cracked for over a year, which is pretty rare. I use it because it was a multiplatform release, and it was highly rated and universally lauded by the press and gamers alike. If any of what you say were true, because the game remained uncrackable for so long, then it would stand to reason that sales on PC would have been much closer to those of the X-Box. I mean, piracy was virtually eliminated in this case, so people who wanted to play it would have had no choice but to buy it, right? And yet, Ubisoft's earning statements from that year showed very little difference in the historical sales percentage breakdown between consoles and PC. The X-Box still outsold the PC version by the same ratio ( I'm unable to find the data as it is a bit old, but this shouldn't be too much of a surprise at any rate.) that every other game exhibited. In my view this pretty clearly illustrates your claims as patently false. Piracy played no role whatsoever, and the PC version was outsold by a large margin.
The biggest problem facing PC gaming is consoles. For various reasons, the majority of gamers choose to game on consoles, and there's plenty of anecdotal evidence proving that a large portion of PC piracy is performed by console gamers who download the PC version's torrent because they feel they're entitled to do so because they already paid for the game on consoles.
I wonder how many around here are only pissed because it means there'll be no torrent to pick up come release day.
This is also wrong. There will of course be a torrent available (and very likely before release day); it will just be for the console version instead.
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