Megamixer wrote:The irony of anything like this is that people pirating games obviously want to play them and therefore want the developers to keep making them, sequels etc. How they expect studios to spend thousands/millions of pounds and untold hours of labouring on a game and then have the right to pay sod all for it is unbelievable. If everybody was the same then there would be no games because there would be no incentive for anybody to bother producing them.silvergunner wrote:I
I will give my personal experience of what piracy did to the PS1 and DS
Working in a games shop from 96 onwards the Playstation was starting to become more popular. Then about Christmas time of 96 onwards the sales of the machine really picked up. I mean any big release would sell huge numbers, anywhere from 30-50 copies that first weekend. This was just a small independent shop I was working for to.
When it became super easy to pirate for the machine and Everyman and his dog was chipping machines you were lucky to sell 8 copies of a given title over the first weekend. Sales were destroyed just like that, so the whole piracy stimulates software sales is bull. Hardware to an extent yes but there is no money in hardware.
Going forward a few years the amount of DS consoles i would sell was massive. You would just fleetingly ask with every sale if there was any particular game they were after to go with the machine. More often the reply was "nope I'm getting an R4 card and downloading everything. Did not want to even pay that for the DS" I used to steam with rage thinking "you are complaining about the price of the console yet you are never going spend another penny on a single game!" You can think what a tight git you are sir dressed in you're fancy clothes. You stopped asking in the end as you knew the response.
That really did gring my gears when I used to sell games for a living.
I know a guy who is a fanatical PC gamer who will pay a fortune for upgrades.
Comes to games however and he pointblank refuses, he calls people idiots for buying new games, But then he gets all self rightous if a game he wants is cancelled or delayed.
Guess what mate, those people buying the games are the ones financing the release of the next game in your favorite franchise.
Take the assassins creed games for example, he loves them and has completed every single one and never paid for a single copy.
This is a guy that goes on to forums and complains that as a fan of the series they deserve more additional content and addons. This despite not, you know, actually paying for the games.
self entitled does not even begin to describe it.
His excuse, get this, despite loving and completing every game he has decided that he will only pay full price if they release a game he feels deserves it.
I can't even begin to fathom how guys like this think. I asked himwhat he would do if piracy never existed, his answer " oh I would just buy them then ". ok well then why not buy them now. " because I can get them for free "
So I ask him what he would do if they could not make another one due to not enough funds, his response " oh it will be fine, plenty of other idiots out there that will actually pay for the games "
I have ran across a few people like this, and if you want to know why I hate pirates with a passion then there you go. Also don't tell me that it does not affect sales, every one I talked to admit that they would just have to buy the games if there was no piracy.