Wolfenstein: The New Order Has Been Illegally Downloaded 100k Times

Copyright news site TorrentFreak reports that the latest Nazi killing game, Wolfenstein: The New Order, has been downloaded through torrents over 100,000 times.

A game has been pirated? That much isn’t exactly news. Every game on every system has been pirated to some level. However, this time the pirates encountered something they weren’t expecting – a 43 gig download. Remarkably, a number of would-be pirate’s were dissuaded from downloading the game due to its sheer size.

“43GB, the hell? No thanks, guess I will buy this when the price drops to £29.99,” said user u2konline.

“I have to uninstall like 10 games to play this shit!!” added ucci4life.

It seems that the sheer size of this game was all that was needed to discourage software piracy. Those looking to torrent the game were looking at multiple day long download times. It seems that the convenience of downloading the title from Steam in just a few hours by comparison was worth the money for some.

“I was gonna get this torrent but I saw the size and how long it would take me to download it, I said fuck it I’m getting it from Steam,” said user Caxtilteca. “Took me 2 hours to download 40GB including the day one update.”

The other problem is that with a game this large, the amount you’re uploading while downloading the title from seeders and fellow leechers is something I doubt you’d want your ISP to notice.

“38 hours later I finally finish my download and have uploaded 122.15 GB,” speed157 wrote.

122 gigs uploaded to others is not a small number. Many ISPs will flag an account that has uploaded this amount, especially when it appears to be equal to, or larger than the amount you’ve downloaded. It’s an easy way to find out if someone is downloading illegal content.

If this was some sort of copy protection idea, it’s definitely a clever one. It’s been suggested that the uncompressed textures are the reason for the large installer, however, a rumor is going around that Bethesda deliberately inflated the files with junk to make the game installer much larger than it had to be. It’s an interesting theory, at least.

But 100,000 downloads isn’t a small number, either. A lot of people downloaded this game illegally and, thanks to them, I’m sure we’ll hear more about how terrible it is releasing games on the PC due to software piracy even if more people would purchase the game than grab it off a torrent.

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9 Comments on Wolfenstein: The New Order Has Been Illegally Downloaded 100k Times

SupremeAllah

On May 28, 2014 at 12:05 pm

If the game had multiplayer with some form of CD key or whatever, there would be more incentive to buy it.

When it’s single player only, you aren’t missing out on any content by downloading it.

Though if you bought it off steam like I did, you get TF2 hats. Which if I played TF2, it would mean something.

R.J.

On May 28, 2014 at 12:33 pm

That size is an interesting deterrent if it was indeed used that way. I can see there being some thinking to that effect, anyway, since 40+ GB seems absurdly huge for pretty much any game.

SupremeAllah

On May 28, 2014 at 1:10 pm

@R.J.

It is pretty absurd for games to be that size. I think a lot of it has to do with poor optimization.

TitanFall for example was about 45 gigs. They admit that 35gigs was all audio. Considering what little content there is in Titanfall, and that it is basically running on the Source engine, you know that there is no excuse for the game being as big as it is.

It is flat out laziness from the developer.

The stupid thing about Wolfenstein was that I pre-loaded the 50 gigs, and then when the game was released it had to unpack, which required another free 50 gigs of space. So I had to clear out over 100 gigs of space to get the game installed which made me wonder if there was even a point to pre-loading.

rickshaw

On May 28, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Actually software piracy is dying, because the devs are pricing the games well enough and cheaper enough than the time spent wasting time trying to get it from sources that basically use your system for their use’s not yours, those freebs may think they are getting something but they actually are being taken for more. so piracy on the old grand scales is almost dead and pointless these days.

psycros

On May 28, 2014 at 6:28 pm

“GAME piracy is dying”. Fixed it for you.

So 100,000 people pirated a game that 99% of them would never have paid for in any case. Whoop-de-do. Another single player nazi zombie shooter with 5 hrs of content – yeah, I’m gonna pay for *that* super-fresh experience. Yawn.

Franklin

On May 28, 2014 at 9:35 pm

@Psycros man you are an idiot

Gary Glitter

On May 29, 2014 at 12:37 am

Er, why Franklin? It’s a legitimate point. Nearly everyone who pirates media isn’t making the choice between pirating and buying it, no matter what publishers want to believe. They’re making the choice between pirating it and not playing it at all. That’s why you rarely hear musicians moaning about file-sharing but you always hear it from music companies – because musicians for the most part realise that exposure of any sort is good, and that the majority of the money they earn comes from live performances anyway. Rather than look for the reasons behind piracy, such as high prices despite lower costs of development and overall standard of ‘finished’ games being unacceptably low and glitchy, publishers just cry that their games have been “stolen” even though theft requires the owner to be deprived of their property, something copying does not do as the original is still in tact.

Not trying to justify it, but you need to provide a counterargument instead of just calling people idiots for expressing pretty reasonable opinions.

SweetPea

On May 29, 2014 at 5:40 am

These people probably don’t know any good torrenting sites, if 43 GB takes them multiple days to download. Anyway, it’s not the downloading time that makes Steam more convenient, it’s the services Steam offers (screenshots, achievements, auto-updates etc.)

@rickshaw
Where did you get that idea? Torrentig requires you to have your computer seed in the background, that’s all. It’s nothing compared to paying 50 Euros for a game. Not everyone can afford that, you know.

SketchSlayer

On May 29, 2014 at 1:04 pm

The size will also deter some from even buying it and as with most forms of drm and such ultimately screw over legit owners of the game more than pirates, also for a fair few people there isn’t exactly a large downspeed difference between a torrent and steam.