Everyone loves a good underdog, invariably more so if they can relate to that underdog.
Once upon a time, video game pirates were celebrated and championed as the peoples’ hero – that was a dark time indeed.
Video game pirates should not be celebrated; instead, they should be bemoaned, shunned and cast out of any favourable circles they currently find themselves in.
In a recent article over on Polygon, the large piracy group 3DM complained that Just Cause 3 was too difficult to crack, having failed to overcome its Denuvo DRM. They went on to say that games were becoming increasingly complex to crack, and at the current rate, games will be near uncrackable in two or so years.
Before I get into why that’s a good thing for the legitimate consumer, those of us who pay good money for our games, I’d like to address a statement by 3DM – that as a result “there will be no free games to play in the world.”
That’s an odd statement because it’s completely untrue, balderdash, poppycock, fallacious, unfounded and just plain wrong.
We’re going to call out a few games, see if you can spot what they all have in common: Dota 2, Heroes of the Storm, League of Legends, Planetside 2, World of Tanks, Hearthstone, Hawken, Team Fortress 2, Quake Live, TERA, Smite, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Path of Exile, Warframe, War Thunder, Super Crate Box, Spelunky Classic, Beneath a Steel Sky and Cave Story all have in common? They’re all either completely free or free-to-play.
And even when a game isn’t free, the right combination of sales will see a huge selection of titles going for next to nothing.
With the right PlayStation Store, Steam, GoG, Xbox Live or Humble Bundle sale, among many other options, you’ll be able to purchase more games than you can shake a stick at, and for less than the price of a single new title no less.
In fact, for less than it’d cost you to go to the movies, you can scoop up some truly incredible games – we’re talking AAA games as well.
Very nearly every game currently sold can be picked up for next to nothing, relative to their launch price, as long as you’re willing to wait – and it’s not like you won’t have 300 other games to play while you do.
We’re well aware that there are a number of you who are hurting for a decent salary or wage, and purchasing games can be incredibly costly. To those of you, you have our sympathies. We’ve all been in that spot, some of us still are on occasion.
No one wants to have to fight for every cent earned. But trust us, with the right know how, there’s a whole world of affordable, enjoyable gaming to be had.
But back to those pirates. It’s because of you – those who not only crack but distribute those cracked games –that we, the legitimate customer, have to suffer through any number of security barriers, many of which can negatively impact our experience.
DRM is there, in part, because publishers are uncompromising and unwilling to invest too much time into the customer experience, but mostly because there’s piracy in the first place.
Big publishers are primarily to blame for poor DRM implementation, but they’re also the ones with the most to lose. They invest mind bogglingly vast sums of money into AAA titles, and when profit margins slip because people to refuse to pay for their games, shareholders pull their funding, people lose their jobs and the next game suffers.
There are a number of hard working developers who deserve remuneration for their efforts, and instead they’ve been sacked.
Not all games sell badly because they were pirated to the moon and back, any number of factors can affect the sales of a game, but many did.
So good riddance to you, we say. And because a few of us at MyGaming are primarily PC gamers, those most affected by DRM, please let the door hit you on the way out. We’re hoping that the decrease in piracy will invigorate the industry into developing more exceptional PC exclusives, or at the very least not producing such contemptable ports.
You can rationalise piracy all you want, but at the end of the day many of you are pirating video games because you just don’t want to pay for them.
Penny for your thoughts?