Why is it that as soon as stealing loses its "danger factor" that suddenly (mostly) everyone in the frikken world
jumps on the bandwagon?
So, I was browsing Joystiq and reading the comments on their news story about MW2's $80 "Hardened
edition" and the VERY first post is, in my opinion, worse then the infamous "First!" post. The guy proudly
exclaims "thank god for my modded 360 i dont have to spend a penny on games"
The wrath of the gaming public soon ensued, and rightfully so. The guy is stealing and adding to the economic
trouble or shared hobby has endured the past few years.
Then this one guy posts a wake up call, "[i]LOL. I love how gamers get so butt hurt when people mention they
download games. Like they themselves don't download any media at all[/i]." followed soon by the slightly less
cynical but far more sarcastic, [i]"Don't download pirate games, man. It's ok if you want to illegally download
music, tv shows and movies, just not videogames. Because havind a double standard is a good thing. Right?
Yes, asshole comments they are, meant to do nothing but anger and annoy the general population but they are totally right.
Most of us who read game blogs and follow up on the gaming news are loyal to our cause. We buy our
games, pay for our DLC and generally do the right thing when it comes to our hobby.
Not because its right, not because its lawful, and certainly not because its our only option. just because we
have taken up this "noble quest" in the name of gaming to ensure its survival.
I say this because if it where because it was right, lawful or whatever so many of us wouldn't have pirated
movies, or MP3s or whatever sitting on our hard-drives.
We're hypocrites of the highest level, willing only to defend our one love while taking part in the ravaging of
the rest of the family.
People in general don't give two craps about doing what is right. People don't steal from store shelves in
general because of the fear of getting caught. People steal music or movies because there is no getting
caught, there is no fear factor and no store owner getting jipped. ...
Ah, but there are those who will cry out that they are stealing because of the INJUSTICE of being overcharged
or giving money to some EEVVIILL corporation. That somehow stealing is justified because of the many
injustices in this dark and gloomy world. BULL SHIT! If something is overpriced.. DON'T BUY THE SHIT! Leave it
alone, just ignore it and maybe...if enough people do it'll come down to something more reasonable. Don't tell
me stealing the game helps some sort of cause... all you have there is some lame ass self entitlement issues.
You don't want to put money towards something but somehow feel entitled to it anyway?
At the heart of the piracy issue is this lame ass entitlement issue. I was reading another comment about some
guy who lives in some poor little town where the local game shops charge upwards of $100 for games. Is this outrageous? Damn right it is. But what is the answer this person comes up with? Weellll, seems everyone in
the town has modded XBOX360's because they can't afford to buy the games.
So, you can't afford something so you steal it? Is it really that necessary? Now, some of us would say that
we couldn't live without games but I'm sure we could if we had to... we might even flourish. Games are a
luxury. The only reason these people are stealing these games is not because they "need" them. Its because
some injustice has stopped them from having what they are entitled to and they will not stand for it. Can
anyone else see the bullshit there?
Its the same with music, we can;t be bothered to buy music cause we just don't want to part with our money,
we're entitled to this music anyway so what the hell... lets just go DL it who cares right?
Because nobody cares about right and wrong anymore, its about us, this "me now me now me now" attitude
that has swallowed not just the west, but at this point nearly the entire world...
OK, I really have no idea if this has already been posted but here we go in case you missed it.
(From gameindustry.biz written by Matt Martin)
Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has said that his company may have to stop supporting the PlayStation 3 if Sony
does not drop the price of the luxury console.
"They have to cut the price, because if they don't, the attach rates [the number of games each console owner
buys] are likely to slow. If we are being realistic, we might have to stop supporting Sony," said Kotick to The
"When we look at 2010 and 2011, we might want to consider if we support the console — and the PSP [portable]
According to the report, Activision paid USD 500 million in royalties to Sony last year which, "probably still worked
out at 400 per cent of the profit they made".
He added: "I'm getting concerned about Sony; the PlayStation 3 is losing a bit of momentum and they don't make it
easy for me to support the platform.
"It's expensive to develop for the console, and the Wii and the Xbox are just selling better. Games generate a
better return on invested capital on the Xbox than on the PlayStation."
Big releases from Activision this year include a reinvigorated Tony Hawk title complete with peripheral, DJ Hero,
the latest spin-off of the popular Guitar Hero franchise, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which Activision
expects to be the "biggest entertainment launch of all time".
I don't always get in the mood to write, in fact over the years I have left many a personal blog in the dust. However I am here now and, perhaps this time will not be like the others.
I'm SniperXan, a gamer since I was a wee lad playing Doors on my uncles C64, I love all things gaming, I generally play most types of games though recently I've been pretty FPS heavy.
Funny thing is, I think more then my love for playing games. is my obsession with the industry as a whole. I love to read about the daily goings on within the beast that births our hobby.
Not much else to know about me really, I finally got an XBOX360 about 5 months back to I'm playing catchup with some of the great games on the system like Mass Effect, Gears 2, Halo 3 ect ect.. And I've had my PS3 since launch (gogo 60gig) with a small but mighty collection of games for it including CoD4-WaW, UT3, RE5, GRAW2, Rockband, Fallout 3, Littlebigplanet, Oblivion, MGS4, Bioshock, Resistance and the Orange Box.
I also own a Wii, PS2, and PC with lots of games for the PS2 and not much for the rest lol.
I love to discuss gaming in all its facets. Perhaps I'll share some opinions in this blog from time to time (and watch as my comments get mad flames perhaps as well) Like how the Wii is an unfortunate reality of a money centric company who turned there back on the core too seek greener fields. Or...well, lets save the fun stuff for later posts. So anywho..
Hello DToid Community! I look forward to battling you guys in the comments below! HaHa!
Seems Microsoft is getting ready to add a new level to the XBOX Live! system that is to be called V.I.P.
Coming from a customer survey done in France; V.I.P. would be a step up from Gold and include online
storage, a new matchmaking option, an option that allows the user too send free invitations to silver members,
and supposedly better connectivity.
The question is this, how much will it cost and will it be worth the price? I guess time will tell.