The Pirates of the Gaming Industry
Some say this is a problem others say it isn’t, but what do you think?
I feel that pirating in general is a bad practice whether it be games, movies, or music. For games it will only come back to hurt the gamers who like many others are ignorant to what they are really doing. The industry right now does have a lot of money going around and pirates will attest that it is ok to steal because the industry will make plenty of money anyways. True because in 2009 Modern Warfare 2 sold around 11.86 million copies of the game, but a particular site that tracks its downloads through its program detected that 4.1 copies of the game were illegally downloaded. That is not a small number and that is a lot of money not going to the people who made the game (not like it reached Infinity Ward anyways, right Activision?).
The point I will try to illustrate here is that piracy hurts the industry and the first place it is is affecting is the PC world. PC games are easier to pirate than console games so many developers have ceased or plan to stop creating games for the PC. Another factor is the quality of games, why would a company spend years working on a game that will be stolen by everyone? If no one has already noticed games have declined greatly in their value to please players. Some remain on top but a great many fail and that is partly because developers no longer wish to make excellent games they will never receive money for. They can make a crappy game that will still probably sell just as much and be pirated less because it is crappy.
So those of you who do pirate games please remember that you are slowly crippling the industry, maybe not from money, but from quality. I will also generally say as a rule of thumb that is the game has been out for 10 years or more I don’t think downloading it will be a big problem. It has seen its lifetime of sales, but I generally will not say to do this, just be a good consumer and pay for the games.
Chian, O. (2010, July 29). The cost of piracy. Retrieved from http://www.gamepro.com/article/features/215976/the-cost-of-piracy/
Steinberg, S. (2010, September 09). Video game piracy: is it good for business?. Retrieved from http://articles.cnn.com/2010-09-09/tech/video.game.piracy_1_video-game-piracy-software-piracy-game-sales?_s=PM:TECH