Piracy – Games, Movies… It’s All the Same
Piracy is a subject that has PC gamers, developers and publishers all on edge these days. The games industry estimates that 50% – 90% of players of any given game have pirated the title and are instituting Draconian measures to protect their investments that have legitimate customers up in arms. Twenty Sided has broken the whole sordid mess down into an analogy that almost anyone can follow.
Comparing software piracy to sneaking in to a movie theater, the author takes an amusing look at The Truth About Piracy that plagues PC gaming today.
Since realizing the great influx of people into the theater through the fire door, the theater managers have gone nuts. Now they have a new policy every week. Strip searches. Restrictions on what you can wear. Restrictions on where you can sit. You can no longer buy a ticket for a friend. Usually you have to pay for a ticket before you can find out what they’re going to do to you before they let you in, and you can’t get a refund if you refuse.
The author, like many of us, is collateral damage in this whole war. He has a lot to say about EA and 2K Games in particular and none of it is very pleasant. Unfortunately, as he fully admits, he is mostly “preaching to the choir;” but it’s good to be able to laugh at the whole situation.