PC piracy -> reasons why

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  • Odessa 23 Nov 2011 16:11:24 23 posts
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    First: I do not play pc games anymore as i play only xbox (maybe anno 2070 but not sure yet)

    But my wife does. Now i will tell you my experience with Sims 3 and last weekend Simon the sorcerer. And then decide yourself why no one is buying pc games.

    Sims 3:
    She is playing alot but after some time (normaly when she has alot of money and 8 people - how you can manage that??) Sims start to get stuck. So there is a Sim staying in a room not moving anymore. She does not know how to fix this and i am pretty sure she still would not if I would not surf thru the inet to find the solution. And why should she? She just wanna play but this is not possible. Also she had already to start 3 times from scratch, cause one day the savegame wouldnt start anymore. This is mostly related to the add ons but also without them this was happening. So if i would not help her to resolve such problems, she probably would have stopped playing already.

    Next thing is the new Origin s..t. Before you had to install the sims download manager "only". Now you also have to install origin?!?!? WTF?

    Simon the sorcerer: Bought it cheap, tried to install it on Win7. Short before installation was finished the game said a driver is missing or out of date. WTF... my wife does not know what is a driver. She uses the PC, thats enough. So i had to check again to find an updated driver of a company which is not related at all to the game. Guess its a protection driver or something. After I handled this I tried to install it again and surprise... it did not work. It said that it needs directX from april 2006... WTF!!! Again i had to search for this and found it, even if i was not sure if the version would work for Win7. After that it luckily worked.

    How the hell this is possible? I am pretty sure there are more "not pc interested" people out there, who do not have a clue what to do if something is not working.

    Now let me ask you why i should buy a game in a store if i have that many problems? At least when you download it you expect it to be hard to get it running. But then i did not pay for it.

    I know that this is not the reason why people download games instead of buying. But it would be a good start for publisher to fix games to not loose even more people to piracy. Like on consoles: put it in -> play. It could be that easy...
  • nickthegun 23 Nov 2011 16:14:27 59,537 posts
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    20 year old DOS game fails to load on Win7 due to out of date driver SHOCKA

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    someone say something funny

  • disusedgenius 23 Nov 2011 16:15:43 5,284 posts
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    Odessa wrote:
    How the hell this is possible?
    Programming is apparently quite difficult.
  • Tom_Servo 23 Nov 2011 16:16:30 17,573 posts
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    Odessa wrote:
    Like on consoles: put it in -> play. It could be that easy...
    Someone hasn't tried a PS3.
  • X201 23 Nov 2011 16:16:55 15,287 posts
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    /sets up baked potato stall

    Place your orders.
  • Dirtbox 23 Nov 2011 16:17:18 77,765 posts
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    Kill your wife, cut her leg off and kick yourself to death with her foot.

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  • nickthegun 23 Nov 2011 16:18:04 59,537 posts
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    SIMON THE SORCERER: PS3 PLATINUM EDITION

    DOWNLOADING UPDATE 1 of 3209883098477893003845

    2% DONE

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    someone say something funny

  • Deleted user 23 November 2011 16:31:18
    Complex games have bugs

    Old game have problems on newer systems

    ...

    I'm pretty sure I could just put that into a thread entitled 'Xbox 360' and be done with it.
  • uiruki 23 Nov 2011 16:39:27 3,692 posts
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    This is why GOG exists.

    To answer your point, people pirate PC games for the same reason they pirate anything: because they can. Whatever their justification for it, that is not outweighed by the perceived risk for doing so.
  • graysonavich 23 Nov 2011 16:57:48 7,321 posts
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    My 360 doesn't accept my Mega drive cartridges???!???//
  • Deleted user 23 November 2011 17:07:06
    The risk for pirating anything must be small. All the firms I've worked at have had people offering pirated games/films for cheaps and everyone buys them. Better build a shit load more prisons cos everyone does it.
  • Clive_Dunn 23 Nov 2011 17:10:01 4,778 posts
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    I can't get Skyrim to run on my Oric 1. WHY WHY WHY ?
  • Mr-Brett 23 Nov 2011 17:10:54 12,777 posts
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    @Fruit:
    Proof that just about everyone is a dick.

    Edited by Mr-Brett at 17:11:12 23-11-2011

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  • JayG 23 Nov 2011 17:11:32 842 posts
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    Scummvm has Simon the Sorcerer compatabilty. Worked great for all the old Lucusarts games.



    http://www.scummvm.org/

    Console games now have similar problems, look at the Skyrim save bug and texture issues. Never mind the DLC that you need to be online for.
  • Deleted user 23 November 2011 17:15:46
    Fruit-Salad wrote:
    All the firms I've worked at have had people offering pirated games/films for cheaps and everyone buys them.
    Fruit works at sunday street markets confirmed
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 23 Nov 2011 17:15:51 37,905 posts
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    JayG wrote:
    Scummvm has Simon the Sorcerer compatabilty. Worked great for all the old Lucusarts games.



    http://www.scummvm.org/

    Console games now have similar problems, look at the Skyrim save bug and texture issues. Never mind the DLC that you need to be online for.
    Yep, Scummvm is the answer. Stop trying to justify piracy with flimsy excuses, it only serves to make you sound ignorant.

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  • Deleted user 23 November 2011 17:20:25
    In fairness he could be talking about the most recent Simon game (either the sixth or seventh, I've lost track), but as it's considered to be one of the worst games of all time I don't know why he'd bother.

    It's like complaining that you didn't contract chlamydia after being gang-raped by deer.
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 23 Nov 2011 17:25:39 37,905 posts
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    Like complaining Hitler didn't give you a reach-around.

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  • SG 23 Nov 2011 17:29:28 1,896 posts
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    uiruki wrote:
    This is why GOG exists.

    To answer your point, people pirate PC games for the same reason they pirate anything: because they can. Whatever their justification for it, that is not outweighed by the perceived risk for doing so.
    Or if something isn't available to buy any more, but then I doubt the creators are really bothered about something that they created a long time ago.

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  • Deleted user 23 November 2011 17:31:38
    Mr-Brett wrote:
    @Fruit:
    Proof that just about everyone is a dick.
    heh, I've never bought pirated games or films.

    I think I'm one of the few people that believes if you enjoy a piece of entertainment, then pay for it. I love itunes, but it costs me a fortune. :D
  • Dirtbox 23 Nov 2011 17:33:50 77,765 posts
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    This thread is now about

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  • MrTomFTW Moderator 23 Nov 2011 17:44:55 37,905 posts
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    Dogs are better than Jockeys. Less weight.

    Edited by Fruit-Salad at 17:48:42 23-11-2011
  • El_MUERkO 23 Nov 2011 17:51:32 16,987 posts
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  • Deleted user 23 November 2011 19:13:04
    To be honest, I can't see any painless way out of this situation. It's one of those things where you just have to take the hit and move on.
  • Deleted user 23 November 2011 19:16:15
    AnotherIdiot wrote:
    To be honest, I can't see any painless way out of this situation. It's one of those things where you just have to take the hit and move on.
    I agree. That dog is fucked.
  • Deckard1 23 Nov 2011 19:18:47 27,773 posts
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    My personal favourite bit was "I am pretty sure there are more "not pc interested" people out there,"

    He speak words good. Oh and

    Hush you ponce

  • Deleted user 23 November 2011 19:20:12
    That looks like Teenage Mutant Polio Victim.
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