Originally Posted by PENDRAG0ON
I used to pirate almost everything. (Mostly handhelds, Consoles were too bandwidth intensive to pirate) After I stopped I bought everything but out of print games new, and as companies screwed their fans over, I began to buy their stuff used. So yes, I am hurting their bottom line by buying used.
And I have been very vocal over several of these incidents and informed a lot of people about what they have done so they can make their own choices. We all have to do our part to try and get these companies to wake up and see their mistakes.
like it or not, most ppl started pirating because of ridiculous prices. i know i started downloaded music because i did not think i should have to pay 20-30bux for a CD, that only had 12 songs in, and 11 of them were garbage. i have VERY few 'albums', all the cd's i did actually buy were compilation ones so i at least listened to most of the songs.
i can assure you, if itunes was around when i was young, and songs were a buck a piece, i would have never had enough motivation to learn how to pirate stuff, but unfortunately, once you do, even a buck seems like a 'waste'.
same thing for movies. i didn't mind renting movies, but no way was i going to spend 20bux or more to go to the theatre for every one. and buying dvd's was equally expensive. again, it's that slippery slope. high prices motivate you to learn how to pirate, once you learn how to download movies, even fair prices start to seem high. i recently bought a bunch of boxsets off amazon, spent about 100bux on BD's(for alien, die hard, planet of the apes, and harry potter boxsets) which really isn't a bad price at all. but i couldn't help but think of the fact i'd already seen almost all those movies available at near BD quality(BD rips) online.
games were the last one. spending big bucks on a game you can play for hours and hours and hours isn't such a bad thing, but there's not a lot of games with that much replay value anymore for me. it started by again the lack of rental options. i'm not buying a game before i play it, it's just a weird idea for me. i grew up where we always always rented games, and only bought the ones we couldn't 'finish' over the weekend. downloading became my new rental. i'd download a game, and buy the ones i was going to play a lot of. but again, once you do all the hard work of finding a good torrent site, modding the console, etc, you start to wonder what's the point.
i don't support piracy, but i do believe it would be a far smaller problem if companies priced software more appropriately. i would also say, that because of piracy, that is exactly what we are seeing. single song music downloads at a fair price is the best example of that. even games have technically come down in price(by remaining the same price through inflation) which is a start. maybe we'll see a trend similar to the 'apps' based games, where you get limited functionality cheap or even free, and have to pay for more maps, levels, characters, online, etc. i guess they already have down something similar with the free previews of some games, it's just not a standard practice yet.
i'm just hopeful that we can get to a point where piracy isn't really 'needed' anymore, because it doesn't feel like we're being gouged on prices. like i said, at a buck a song, i would have never even learned how to download music from napster... i like to see companies work on making piracy less necessary, instead of more difficult. as long as prices are high, ppl will find a way around it. it'll only be when prices seem fair, that piracy will really slow down. nobody feels good about stealing, but it feels almost justified when you 'steal from the rich' all robin hood style.