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Are you able to justify using pirated software and if so how?

Poll ended at Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:08 am

1. YES
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2. NO
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3. It's too deep for me. I can't make a decision
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Can you justify using pirated software.

Post by gman72 » Sun Jan 11, 2015 8:08 am

Following on from the Is Using Pirated Software Good for The Industry thread.
I'm interested in how you justify using pirated software?
For example I use some pirated software, as do many of us, but i do believe it may be harming the industry and i've just learned to live with that and justify it to myself by the amount of money i spend annually on legitimate software
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Re: Can you justify using pirated software.

Post by c0nfu53d » Sun Jan 11, 2015 8:16 am

I sometimes download an episode of a TV show to see if I like it before parting with my money on a boxset.

You can try software the same way as long as you genuinely intend to buy it and actually do so if you like it.

Still technically illegal though.

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Re: Can you justify using pirated software.

Post by RodimusPrime » Sun Jan 11, 2015 8:18 am

NO, I deplore the use of pirating current available software, and think its disgusting.

Roms, I feel a little less strongly about.

But I made the decision a long time ago to play original software only.

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Post by Antiriad2097 » Sun Jan 11, 2015 8:37 am

I don't think I've ever tried to justify it. There's not much call for pirate software these days, plenty of freeware is around that does what I need, so I revert to that usually.
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Re: Can you justify using pirated software.

Post by Liamh1982 » Sun Jan 11, 2015 8:47 am

I can't say I can justify it - but - I will state that its effects on the various industries involved has been somewhat overstated over the years:

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Re: Can you justify using pirated software.

Post by paranoid marvin » Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:08 am

Ocasionally I like to play some old Speccy, VCS and C64 games. I'd like to do this without having to go out and buy the actual hardware and software - plus have wires everywhere and have to wait ages for them to load. I also like playing some old arcade games, and I like to do that without having to buy and find somewhere to store arcade cabs (if they are available in the first place).

I feel as guilty about doing this as I do about recording a tv programme, and I would be very surprised if any of the people who made these games would object to me doing this, and would imagine that many of them would also emulate. Time,money and space make it almost impossible to retro game without at least some emulation. Sooner rather than later the original media will be unusable anyway, so this will be our only option.
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Re: Can you justify using pirated software.

Post by DPrinny » Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:09 am

Old consoles (Wii and below), the manufacturer aint making any more off the old machines anymore, same with software, the only people that are are the re-sellers

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Post by paranoid marvin » Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:13 am

I'd also say that without the ability to download old arcade and computer games, it is very possible that there wouldn't even be a retro-gaming scene, or at least nothing like what we see today.
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Re: Can you justify using pirated software.

Post by c0nfu53d » Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:32 am

DPrinny wrote:Old consoles (Wii and below), the manufacturer aint making any more off the old machines anymore, same with software, the only people that are are the re-sellers
Not true. You can buy old games to use on your new consoles. Like virtual console on wii/3DS.

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Re: Can you justify using pirated software.

Post by markopoloman » Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:41 am

I voted yes. I download and happily use ROMs for retro systems. Still classed as piracy - so yes.

Modern games on last and current gen - NO.
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Re: Can you justify using pirated software.

Post by samhain81 » Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:46 am

I'll normally download a new game, and if I like said game, I will continue to play said game until I'm done or bored. If the latter, I'll delete or throw away the dvdr (it wouldn't have been classed as a list sale) but if the former I'll buy new from shop or online to support developers.

Same applies to pretty much every media

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Re: Can you justify using pirated software.

Post by flatapex » Sun Jan 11, 2015 10:36 am

I download master system and mega drive roms, for my ms, md and psp. If anything retro based has been released I buy it, like the mega drive collection for the psp.

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Re: Can you justify using pirated software.

Post by sscott » Sun Jan 11, 2015 10:53 am

For me, I have so much stuff already I wouldn't now pirate anyway. Not enough hours in the week. To justify involves taking some moral high ground probably.
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Re: Can you justify using pirated software.

Post by crusto » Sun Jan 11, 2015 11:10 am

If we are talking in terms of new titles I can't see how there could be any good in pirating them. All it achieves is a lost sale and I can't see how that can be justified.

In retro terms things are different and less clear cut, for reasons discussed elsewhere...
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Re: Can you justify using pirated software.

Post by DPrinny » Sun Jan 11, 2015 11:33 am

c0nfu53d wrote:
DPrinny wrote:Old consoles (Wii and below), the manufacturer aint making any more off the old machines anymore, same with software, the only people that are are the re-sellers
Not true. You can buy old games to use on your new consoles. Like virtual console on wii/3DS.
that will be a "*" on that comment, I will only pay for legal downloads on PC, if it aint transferable (Locked to my account accross diffrnet things) I wont touch it unless very cheap

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