A Graphical Explanation of Why People Pirate Games
I don’t support piracy. I think it does more stupid damage to the games industry than is worth saving a little money on a game, and that’s to say nothing of paying hard-working people a pittance in appreciation of the work they’ve done to entertain me. I love rewarding people for kicking ass.
That said, there’s a lot of B.S. that goes into gaming — it’s a two-way street. While pirates might be ripping off publishers, there’s often a distinct impression that publishers are ripping off players, as well as making it more annoying to play games by throwing in things like updates and online profiles for their own benefit and not that of the players or the game. The graphic below isn’t an excuse for piracy, but it does present something of a compelling argument as it documents the start-up process for the PC version of Batman: Arkham City.
Though if you listen to Gabe Newell, you might think piracy isn’t a big deal regardless.