Is Game Piracy Sometimes Acceptable?
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 14 comments
In a new post on his Bottom Feeder blog Spiderweb Software's Jeff Vogel recently covered the topic of game piracy. The veteran indie developer discussed some of the reasons why games are pirated, including a few with which he could sympathize. He also asked those who pirate to consider buying at least one game a year.
Someone who is facing long-term unemployment and bankruptcy probably should not pay for my game. And, in that case, if stealing my game gives them a temporary reprieve from their misery (and there's a lot of misery out there right now), I'm cool with that. I'm happy to help. These are my fellow citizens, and I want to help out how I can.Read the full post at the link below.
The Bottom Feeder: Sometimes It's OK To Steal My Games
Now here is what I am NOT saying. If some kid has to actually save his allowance for a few weeks to buy the game, stealing it instead of paying is not cool. I'm not OK with that. If you can pay, you should pay. But I understand that some people can't. It's reality. As for whether someone can truly pay or not, I have to trust them to be able to tell the difference. It's probably unwise to trust so many strangers so much with my livelihood on the line. But it's not like I have a choice.
...If you like PC games but you usually pirate them, I want you to start actually paying for one game a year. Just one. Please. You should do it because you need to do it to help something you like to continue to exist. Sure, you might find that doing the virtuous thing feels surprisingly good. But, in the end, you should do it for the reason anyone ever really does anything: Because it is in your best interests to do so.
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