Far Cry is refusing to run on my system at the moment and I don't know what I did - it's crying about virtual drives but God knows why. I got a new DVD-RW drive and just installed the default software so it must have been whatever was on those discs. Damn them! Damn those damn dirty discs!
Regardless, I checked out Suprnova last week (I have 2 copies of D3 on pre-order with Amazon.co.uk. I only use BT for games I can't actually buy anymore. And TV shows. Ack. Method and Red. I have NO shame. I love that show.) and was actually pretty appalled to see that about 50k people had downloaded D3 - that's probably a quarter million by now. Which would be about twelve point five million dollahs in the unlikely event that every pirate bought a copy. Obviously they don't but damn! I've ripped off games for the last 20+ years, on and off. Obviously more when I didn't have any money and <virtually> nil now. I've bought every id game since Wolfenstein 3d up until Quake 3 - the demo pissed me off and I got UT instead. (I'm getting a flashback on this so I probably already said this somewhere when I was drunk. I'm not exactly sober now but I'm coherent (thank you Bull Nakano - if that IS where your nick came from then...wow, cool! AJWPW or something. I saw one of the tapes from years ago when an apprentice made her debut and had her nose soundly broken by a hardened shin. I don't like women much but even I can respect that from the frailer sex. Official - female Japanese wrestlers from the 90s R O C K)
What I'd like to see is a system that allows people with the wherewithall (resources) to subsidise people who have fuck all. Right now I can't drop into EB and peel off a deca-C to fix up the next few dozen buyers. Wouldn't it be nice if people with the resources could push a game they loved at the general public. Sort of, peer to peer with pockets. All we have now is people who exhort the "general public" to buy games, with no consideration of the truth that a helluva lot of people around the world don't have that money to spend. Sure you could say they don't have PCs either and that there are probably better ways to spend the money, and you'd be right. Without doubt. I just love PC games.