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.

Thanks, Reddit.

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3 Comments on A Graphical Explanation of Why People Pirate Games


On December 2, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Piracy is clearly the scapegoat of the industry, especially where the PC is concerned. There’s a reason why GoG.com is so popular with the more mature crowd. Publishers like EA, THQ and Activision don’t care at all about their customers whereas digital distribution sites are willing to (in my experience0 go the extra mile.


On December 3, 2011 at 2:27 am

I’d not put so much faith into DD if i were you jeremy the sooner we start eliminating physical media the sooner we are going to move into the ”Company exclusive” DD (think origin but you’d need one for every company that makes the games).

People are already going up in flames about origin and thats 1 in addition to steam (which everyone seems to be using) imagine when they have to install 2-5 of these digital services?


On December 4, 2011 at 7:58 pm

I already have Steam and GFWL, and now Crysis 2 on is on sale at Origin for 10 bucks, so…

Piracy? Not an option for me or anyone that respects themselves and the developers that make the games I enjoy. If I have to download and install a free program to make it happen? Sure it’s annoying, but I don’t really think that’s too much to ask really. Worse comes to worst you can download the cracked .exe after you buy the game.

And seriously, do you really think publishers would be making a big deal about piracy if it wasn’t a problem for them? You think all the DRM is just for fun and games like Dark Souls or Red Dead Redemption don’t come to PC because they don’t want to take our filthy money?

Get off you high horse, dudes. There’s few things lamer than a self-righteous pirate.