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"Beta" Crysis 2 Torrent Appears
Posted: 12.02.2011 19:56 by Comments: 86
Electronic Arts is "deeply disappointed" that an incomplete, hacked version of Crysis 2 has appeared a full month before its release.

The leak includes the full Campaign, Multiplayer and the Master-keys to activate the product for online use. The hacked version of Crysis 2 is a late beta, but essentially the entire game.

EA reported on their official Facebook page:

"Crytek has been alerted that an early incomplete, unfinished build of Crysis 2 has appeared on Torrent sites. Crytek and EA are deeply disappointed by the news. We encourage fans to support the game and the development team by waiting and purchasing the final, polished game on March 22."

"Crysis 2 is still in development and promises to be the ultimate action blockbuster as the series’ signature Nanosuit lets you be the weapon as you defend NYC from an alien invasion. Piracy continues to damage the PC packaged goods market and the PC development community."


One has to wonder about the damage pirates are doing when they release versions way before due dates. Whilst Piracy doesn't always hurt the fiscal success of a product, it does make the publishers lash out, and inevitably the only people who really get affected are the average consumers.
Source: Ripten
Related games: Crysis 2 (PC)

Comments

By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Feb 13, 2011
JonahFalcon
And I also add, "PAY FOR THE GAME, DEADBEATS."
By Arrecoolast (SI Core) on Feb 12, 2011
Arrecoolast
By making this news post you're just making more people aware of it which ain't good. Instead of posting this you could have posted the fact that dedicated servers for the PC version of Crysis 2 are announced.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Feb 12, 2011
JonahFalcon
Er, pirates are already aware of it. Everyone on Facebook is aware of it - Electronic Arts told them so. There's no link to the torrent that I can see. This is already widespread news.

Everyone reading this article is aware that EA is asking people to BUY. THEIR. GAME.

Or would you rather people remain silent as people on bitTorrent download it and Crytek announces a few months later that they'll cease PC development due to poor sales?

You know why there's no PC version of Limbo? Playdead said they didn't want their game to be pirated.
By Arrecoolast (SI Core) on Feb 12, 2011
Arrecoolast
Not everyone looks up what EA says mate.
And Crytek will not stop PC development, they're working their asses off to make the PC version better knowing that we expect it. They care for us unlike other devs. *cough* Activision *cough* I wouldn't even call the leaked build a "late" beta. It doesn't even have DX10 and 11 implemented yet.

Playdead just made fools out of themselves for saying that, piracy exists on ALL platforms.
By lichlord (SI Core) on Feb 12, 2011
lichlord
yup its easy to pirate on xbox360 and ps3 but it has the same limitations on most but not all games wich is singelplayer only

besides form what ive been able to gather of info is that EA also done a poor job actually protecting it. it wouldn't be the first leak that gone out because of EAs stupidness
By Arrecoolast (SI Core) on Feb 12, 2011
Arrecoolast
Actually the PS3 pirating lets you play MP due to the fact that we have the master security keys. :P
By lichlord (SI Core) on Feb 12, 2011
lichlord
well i think you can bypass on most things lol...
recently learned of tunggle wich makes MP possible with games even when pirated on the pc

anyway im only pirateing old games wich you can't find on the market anymore somethimes do temp pirate one if i don't have the money on at the time or if im ensure if its good
By djole381 (SI Elite) on Feb 12, 2011
djole381
This was an inside job so instead of blaming pirates, blame Crytek's lack of security.
By Xyfer117 (SI Core) on Feb 12, 2011
Xyfer117
Yeah I agree it was clearly an inside job. And ok pirating the game is bad... but at this point in time as it is still incomplete I imagine a big portion of the people who bother to download it simply want to get a sneak peak of the game so far and will buy it when it is released anyway.
By djole381 (SI Elite) on Feb 12, 2011
djole381
I'll definitely buy it, but I'll also download the "leak" just to be sure I can run it on my PC.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Feb 12, 2011
SirRoderick
Obviously they need a new security system.

I wouldn't be too worried about it though. Even if the pirates get their hands on it early, they weren't going to buy the game anyway. I greatly doubt it will have any significant effect on sales.
By djole381 (SI Elite) on Feb 12, 2011
djole381
@SirRoderick
I agree, but there are also a lot of people who download pirated games to try them and then buy the legit copies.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Feb 12, 2011
SirRoderick
I couldn't put an estimate on numbers in there, but sure I can buy that. Although it'll be a smaller minority most likely.
By PowerJack (SI Elite) on Feb 12, 2011
PowerJack
MUHAHAHA!!!
This is awesome now if they have poor sales they can blame this happening.
But I doubt the sales will be bad.
By djole381 (SI Elite) on Feb 13, 2011
djole381
I wouldn't be surprised if the stores ran out of Crysis 2 on day one.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Feb 13, 2011
JonahFalcon
"This was an inside job so instead of blaming pirates, blame Crytek's lack of security."

Woo! Time to blame the victim! Yeah, she had it coming to her, she was wearing that dress. (rolling yees)

"I agree, but there are also a lot of people who download pirated games to try them and then buy the legit copies."

1. That's what demos are for
2. That's what reviews are for

I love the bullshit excuses for stealing.

It's a luxury. It's not a need like food or shelter. It's a game, and I know several developers who would kick you in the nuts for trying those lame excuses.

Mind if I "borrow" your car? I was thinking about buying one just like it, and I want to see what it's like.

Reminder: Next time you whine and complain that a game is coming out on 360 and PS3 and not PC, I'll direct you to this article.
By djole381 (SI Elite) on Feb 13, 2011
djole381
First of all JF it's not bullshit as you've so nicely put it. Crytek is responsible because the leak came from one of their own employees. Crytek should have done better to protect it's assets so it's their fault as is the fault of the one who stole and released the unfinished build of Crysis 2 on the net. Pirates just grabbed this opportunity to spread the copy as much as possible. Now JF,comparing this situation to a rape is a pathetic try to discredit my previous statements. You say "That's what demos are for". What demos? Majority of AAA PC titles no longer have demos and the ones that do are mostly MP demos which I personally don't like while consoles on the other hand get demos all the time. Reviews you say? I'll use your car analogy. I wouldn't buy a car simply because someone wrote on a website or in a newspaper that it's awesome or whatever. Before you buy a car you can take it for a test drive so you'll know if it's good for you. You're right that games are a luxury, but they are also an addiction. There is one very easy way to combat piracy and that is : LOWER PRICES.
By lichlord (SI Core) on Feb 13, 2011
lichlord
in agree i know it costs money to make all the data of a game but seriously like Cod black ops what 60 euros to play a game wich you play out in 4 hours and a multiplayer wich is essential VERY dissapointing oh jeez 60 euros hmmm or a free test ride? hmmm i think the choice is fast made
By djole381 (SI Elite) on Feb 13, 2011
djole381
@lichlord
Amen brother. That's what I've been saying, game prices have gone up, demos almost completely extinct and they expect us to cough up the cash for a game that we don't even know if it'll run well on our hardware. Cod BO for PC was a perfect example of a defective product. I'm not saying piracy is OK, far from it but if developers and publishers want to lower it's impact on a gaming industry and gamers alike then they should start rethinking their business strategy.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Feb 13, 2011
JonahFalcon
"Crytek is responsible because the leak came from one of their own employees. "

Uh huh. So, if a teller gave crooks access to the vault, it's not illegal, and the bank's fault?

Ever heard of the term "cognitive dissonance"?

Let me make this clear for you: piracy is unjustifiable, no matter how many rationalizations you make. Just because if I leave my bike on the sidewalk for a moment, it doesn't make it right for you to steal it, just because I didn't lock it up.

End of story.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Feb 13, 2011
JonahFalcon
@lichlord I can't afford a car. I'm not going to steal one.

If you don't think a game is worth $60, don't buy it, or wait til it's on sale.

Stealing is stealing.
By djole381 (SI Elite) on Feb 13, 2011
djole381
@JonahFalcon
Let's look at it this way :
1. If you download a pirated game and keep it, that's stealing.
2. If you download a pirated game and buy a legit copy, that's not stealing.
By lichlord (SI Core) on Feb 13, 2011
lichlord
oh JF like youre the saint and like i said i onyl pirate old games i like wich aren't in the stores anymore seriously ill pay you 100 euros if you find Conquest Frontier Wars still somewhere on the racks

and the new games i do pirate are ussually those im gonna buy later if i like them

call me a criminal if you like i don't care i at least admit im not a saint or i have nothing done wrong but if you feel like paying for all the new games that come out you want to try be my guest
By Xyfer117 (SI Core) on Feb 13, 2011
Xyfer117
Publicity stunt perhaps?

God knows its been done before...
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Feb 13, 2011
JonahFalcon
Developers would argue otherwise.

The fact of the matter is that the honor system was tested, and it failed miserably. If you think pirates are honorable people who just want to crack a game so they can play it and then later purchase it... well, there's a bridge here in New York I'd like to sell you.

Visit China sometime and see pirated games being sold for $2 a pop on the open market.

And suppose you don't like a game. Does that mean you're entitled not to pay the person who made it? That's the same lame "most movies are junk so it's okay to steal cable" argument.

Again, you can rationalize the hell out of this all you like, but the next time you whine about games not coming out on PC, this is why.

This is why PC owners can't play Limbo. Playdead said, "Too much piracy, we don't want to lose money to them." Same deal with EA Sports.
By djole381 (SI Elite) on Feb 13, 2011
djole381
That's the spirit lichlord, you show him. :D JF I agree completely with you that piracy is bad but what I've been trying to show you is WHY it happens.

@Xyfer117
It's possible but highly unlikely.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Feb 13, 2011
JonahFalcon
Doesn't matter if you think it's good or bad. This is why fewer and fewer people are willing to develop for PC.
By lichlord (SI Core) on Feb 13, 2011
lichlord
never whined about JF i only whine the lack of space sim/rts games and the overdose(too much) of mmos but you really think its only the pc that being pirated the pirates are a lot smarter then that they hack about everything they can and want to and release it illigal

btw note to you china is 1000+ KM from me you gonna pay the fuel costs of that + here in Beglium they don't sell game so cheaply unless its like 10 years old you gonna wait for that?

and i never denied that i don't like a game i won't buy so i steal it true perhaps...but what you gonna do about it? :)

money money money jeez where are the good things in life like ENJOYING IT
By Jake_SI (SI Elite) on Feb 13, 2011
Jake_SI
It's a shame this has happened, but I'm sure that Crysis 2 will still have massive sales.
By BloodRavenX2 (SI Newbie) on Feb 13, 2011
BloodRavenX2
Im with JF on this one. Pirating pc games is just wrong period...........
By Eversor (SI Elite) on Feb 13, 2011
Eversor
This is almost unbelievable. I Wonder how many illegal copies have been downloaded yet? This why companies have to have DRM systems with there games.

@ JonahFalcon. Watch the language dude.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Feb 13, 2011
JonahFalcon
It's never enough. Must say more! Break the record on comments on a single article, bwahahahaha!
By lichlord (SI Core) on Feb 13, 2011
lichlord
@BloodravenX2 "Im with JF on this one. Pirating pc games is just wrong period..........." oh so its good for xbox360 and ps3?
By Gyorn (SI Core) on Feb 13, 2011
Gyorn
Oh my...It aint white so it MSUT BE 100% BLACK FOR SURE I SWEAR I KNOW THE UNDENIABLE TRUTH AND NOONE SHALL HAVE OTHER OPINIONS OR EVEN DARE TO GIVE ARGUMENTS FOR THEY ARE ALL LIES! LIES I TELL YA!!!
/rant

I didnt look up the differences to a full release but from what ive seen yet the leak is inferior in some points (e.g. DirectX). One could argue that this qualifies the leak as a kind of demo, even if it wasnt intended for this use.
After all, what is a demo? The game with some parts missing.
The purpose is to get people hooked on the game, then tell them: Theres an even better version with more stuff!

Besides, its an enourmous amouth of free publisity, e.g. i didnt even know crysis 2 was due. And as we all know: Publisity = good for sales

As for the "lost" sales (which no doubt was on your mind by now) theres 2 things:
- Multiplayer. Even though its not impossible there that there will be cracked servers without owning the game youll never be able to play online big time. Cracked stuff is always small and sparsely used, thus theres no community.
This makes you lose a huge chunk of the game -> go back to demo version.
Note that i dont know what proportion of Crysis 2 is made up by multiplayer, but its at least a part.

- Monty Python. Yea, you read that right. http://www.slashfilm.com/free-monty-python-videos-on-youtube-lead-to-23000-dvd-sale-increase/
This is from 2009 and not about a game but they released the whole freaking stuff without any limitation.
Why would anyone buy it afterwards? Dont ask me, but it worked big time.

nuff said...

EDIT: If anyone wants to dismiss this post feel free to do so. But only if you give arguments why you think my points are invalid. I couldnt do this for every point mentioned here already since its a whole lot of stuff but i tried.
By Jake_SI (SI Elite) on Feb 13, 2011
Jake_SI
Gyorn, I think you may have overlooked this part:

"The leak includes the full Campaign, Multiplayer and the Master-keys to activate the product for online use."

In other words, this is by no means 'good' free publicity, since players can basically experience the entire thing, without needing to purchase the game. It's far more than just a demo, it's essentially the complete game just excluding last minute polishing and bug fixing.
By djole381 (SI Elite) on Feb 13, 2011
djole381
Either way I don't think this will damage Crysis 2 sale. I mean, who would wanna play unfinished and buggy version to the end.
By Gyorn (SI Core) on Feb 13, 2011
Gyorn
I doubt the masterkey is much of a problem. After all the game hasnt been released yet, thus the key can still be changed. Even if the DVDs are already shipped it can be patched (after all you have to update to play online) or another way would be to simply ban the masterkey from the game servers. Might be a bit of a hassle for the devs but should be doable.

As for other missing stuff: Somone mentioned missing DirectX 10 and 11 thus graphics are impaired, too. And graphics are a huge chunk of Crysis.
Theres also the 'problem' of it beeing beta, thus containing bugs or beeing unbalanced.

Thus i still dont think its compareable to the full game and anyone actualy liking the game wont miss out on the missing parts.
By RaviL (SI Core Member) on Feb 13, 2011
RaviL
I believe that this was just a marketing stunt, they released an incomplete version of the game just to make shore that even more people will buy it.
Piracy is now used as a marketing strategy.
By Arrecoolast (SI Core) on Feb 13, 2011
Arrecoolast
This was NOT a marketing stunt, do you really think they would leak out the entire game with the master security keys, dev-tools and installer scripts? IF it was a marketeting stunt, it wouldn't contain all the security keys, dev-tools and installer scripts. This is obviously NOT a marketing stunt.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Feb 13, 2011
JonahFalcon
Just so you know, this has never led to bigger sales. Ever. Just ask Electronic Arts - they killed EA Sports on PC due to piracy. Many indie developers have simply stopped developing for PC.

If it's such "good publicity", why is there the same outcry on this website over and over: "What about PC? Where's the PC version? How come only consoles get this?"
By Illusive_Serb (SI Veteran Member) on Feb 13, 2011
Illusive_Serb
Arrrrr! Software Libre!
On the other hand, EA doesn't deserve it as much as Ubisoft does >:-D
By Illusive_Serb (SI Veteran Member) on Feb 13, 2011
Illusive_Serb
Oh come on. People will still buy it. I mean there are always pirated games, and people still buy originals. I think they will be affected by this just a little more then if this never happened...
By PowerJack (SI Elite) on Feb 13, 2011
PowerJack
I only play strategy games on the PC so dont really care
By RaviL (SI Core Member) on Feb 13, 2011
RaviL
This will not affect they're sales, look at Starcraft2, you can find a pirated version of it, play the campaign, and that's it, if you want to play multyplayer you have to buy the game, this will be the case in Crysis2, people woun't buy game for the single player campaign, they will buy it for the multyplayer.
By Arrecoolast (SI Core) on Feb 13, 2011
Arrecoolast
I'm buying Crysis 2 for the SP, not the MP. Don't say that no one buys the game for the SP just because you don't.
By RaviL (SI Core Member) on Feb 13, 2011
RaviL
I didn't mean to say that that, what i meant to say is that there are only a few games that are really worth the money.
By djole381 (SI Elite) on Feb 13, 2011
djole381
I remember a time when you could play a game for days, even weeks. Those games were really worth the cash. Nowadays you have games (with few exceptions) that you can finish in couple of hours and you only have MP left to play.
By lichlord (SI Core) on Feb 13, 2011
lichlord
Actually Ravil i know a way to play starcraft multiplayer but not with as much people just look it up Tunngle.net registre and all the games you see their you can play with pirated game versions including starcraft 2

all you have to do star tunngle enter chat room of the game start the game and play trough LAN mode its simple ;)
By PowerJack (SI Elite) on Feb 13, 2011
PowerJack
I dont play MP.
I play the games for the campaign/story.
If the game is made to be mainly MP then I wont get it.
By JustCommunication (SI Core) on Feb 13, 2011
JustCommunication
Ok, I think this has gone far enough now. In my experience 'Piracy' is one of those discussions that will go on till the end of the time, so further talk on the matter is now pointless.

Whilst Jonah has been a bit more... passionate about this than normal, he is right in that we here at Strategy Informer do not condone piracy. This news story was merely trying to raise awareness over the problems Piracy can cause, not dish out moral judgements on the matter.

What you choose to do with your life is up to you. All actions have consequences, and it's up to each person individually to make and live with their choices. Please don't try and justify yourselves to the rest of us though - that's how these arguments get out of hand. We have our beliefs, you have yours, we'll just leave it at that.
By V4ndall (SI Veteran Member) on Feb 13, 2011
V4ndall
The most sad part off all this, is that some comments made me remember that there are people who actually buy the crap about companies turning to consoles because of piracy, and not because of selling games dumbed down to the point of oblivion, to a larger audience, at a higher price, on a platform that (supposedly) gives the manufacturer direct means of control, and often provides developers with money for being an exclusive...

And getting enraged over piracy, is like getting enraged by all other kinds of thievery. It's just the grim part of modern reality, and it will always be.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Feb 14, 2011
herodotus
Piracy is not issue here...at least it shouldn't have been. This is an internal issue to do with Crytek and the leaking of private property into the public domain. If private property is made publicy available to those who use torrents, then this is a far more serious issue. I will not enter an argument over Piracy, as for me it is illegal and damaging...no room for debate. The leaking of property should have been the point of the news article, but unfortunately Piracy was highlighted by the writer of the news piece.
What happened to the good old days of Shareware when games could be played endlessly (edited as they were) and then you could buy? Of course...corporate greed.
By Xyfer117 (SI Core) on Feb 14, 2011
Xyfer117
http://torrentfreak.com/crysis-2-leak-fails-to-result-in-massive-download-fest-110213/

Not many people are downloading it by the looks of things anyway.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Feb 14, 2011
herodotus
From the article you linked, Xfer117:
"...there are others who aren’t heeding the advice but are treating this download as a demo to be deleted in due course, having grown tired of waiting for an official one to be released. Perhaps there’s a lesson to be learned there."
Certainly a relevant point, and one Developers should heed, all arguments over legitimacy aside. The comments are interesting too.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Feb 14, 2011
JonahFalcon
Crytek got the last laugh. The pirated Crysis 2? It's a linear shooter, which is not what the game is. Looks like someone stole a broken version intended for pirates to think is the real one.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Feb 14, 2011
herodotus
Serves the beggars right if they download it. EA and the others should take a leaf out of HBO and CBS's book - put a track on the torrents (not that it would have helped here). That way the pirate's ISP can be contacted and whatever copyright infringement they wish to place will fall on the pirate's head.
By Maladictem (I just got here) on Feb 14, 2011
Maladictem
@ Lichlord: You challenged JF to find a copy of Conquest: Frontier Wars. Well after a quick Google search I found a legitimate downloadable version from Ubisoft's website: http://www.ubi.com/us/games/info.aspx?pid=45 . Old games are a lot easier to find than you might think, so don't tell me that just because they don't have physical copies in stores that gives you the right to pirate them.
By K3Spice (SI Core) on Feb 14, 2011
K3Spice
I don't know what to think of this. It wouldn't be the first time, but I don't think it will have an huge effect on the sales it makes. I know I will still buy it. Besides PC users want a demo, and from my knowledge they have yet to get one. This is just how pirates get what they want....
By Xyfer117 (SI Core) on Feb 14, 2011
Xyfer117
Ah maybe thats why there aren't more people downloading it because words got out to pirates straight away that its not real anyway
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Feb 14, 2011
FoolWolf
Or EA read and realised what this actually means:
http://www.slashfilm.com/free-monty-python-videos-on-youtube-lead-to-23000-dvd-sale-increase/

Making it easier to get and way easier to pay will lead to income if you have a product and a good consumer base...
Not saying it is like this - but it coulod be...
By Arrecoolast (SI Core) on Feb 14, 2011
Arrecoolast
djole381 you said you dled the leak to make sure it can run on your PC right? Sorry to burst your bubble but that excuse is ***, the leaked build is nowhere near final quality/performance. There's a MP PC DEMO coming soon that will let you max the gfx to see if it can run on your system. So don't give me the **** excuse that they didnt give a demo and you wanted to see if it runs, you're nothing but a criminal.
By Gyorn (SI Core) on Feb 14, 2011
Gyorn
Guys (and girls?), JustCommunication is right. This is a topic without an end and thus we should refrain from getting a discussion thats too heated.
After all i doubt anyone is gonna change his opinion so all were gonna do is boosting our own ego ;)

http://xkcd.com/386/
By Kres (SI Elite) on Feb 14, 2011
Kres
Guys lets please not insult one another over 1 news post? Who is going to be talking after this thread if things heat up too much?
By lichlord (SI Core) on Feb 14, 2011
lichlord
the one that is the most stubborn? :P
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Feb 14, 2011
JonahFalcon
Crytek was outspoken against piracy following the release of 2007's original Crysis, a PC exclusive. The company was previously mainly focused on PC games, but after reported high piracy rates of Crysis, the studio said it would soon abandon PC exclusives.

"We seem to lead the charts in piracy by a large margin, a chart leading that is not desirable," said Crytek president Cevat Yerli in 2008. "I believe that’s the core problem of PC gaming, piracy."

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/33019/Killzone_3_Crysis_2_Hit_Torrent_Sites_Prior_To_Official_Launch.php
By lichlord (SI Core) on Feb 14, 2011
lichlord
@Maladictem problem is not all whats for sale on the net is reliable nor do i want to take the risk of getting frauded at besides like i said idc what you people think of me pirating games in the end even you will do something bad in the future and perhaps in the past?
By djole381 (SI Elite) on Feb 14, 2011
djole381
@Arrecoolast
I did, tried it and deleted it. Just wanted to make sure it can run on my rig and while unfinished and
buggy as hell it still runs almost like Crysis did.
I treat this as a demo that hasn't been released yet so now that I know that it will run smoothly on my rig I'll definitely buy it.
Oh, next time keep your self-righteous BS to yourself.
By PowerJack (SI Elite) on Feb 14, 2011
PowerJack
PIRATES RULE!!!
That or ninjas.
^.^
By Arrecoolast (SI Core) on Feb 14, 2011
Arrecoolast
I'm not gonna discuss this further with you cause there's nothing you can say that justifies piracy. It's still a crime no matter what your reasons behind doing it is.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Feb 14, 2011
herodotus
"The free-to-play model, where gamers play for free and pay as they go for virtual goods such as better weapons, may actually make more money in the end, while also helping stamp out game copying."
- Scott Steinberg

In other words F2P with microtransactions is the only way to stamp out piracy atm. That or shut down digital distribution altogether.
By djole381 (SI Elite) on Feb 14, 2011
djole381
@Arrecoolast
I never said anything that justifies piracy, you've must have misunderstood me at some point.

@herodotus
I agree with you on this one but F2P can also be a double edged sword. There is this online card playing game Get7 Online. Basically a F2P with microtransactions, highly addictive and fun but the developers have announced that they will be shutting down the game because of lack of commercial success.
By Arrecoolast (SI Core) on Feb 14, 2011
Arrecoolast
What bothers me dj is that it doesn't seem to bother you that you infact pirated the game as if it wasn't something bad.
By djole381 (SI Elite) on Feb 14, 2011
djole381
Software piracy is bad, but there are much, much worse things out there to worry about. However there are ways to effectively combat piracy. Judging and prosecuting people who download pirated games is easy. Doing something that will encourage them to stop and go buy games is a better way.
By Arrecoolast (SI Core) on Feb 14, 2011
Arrecoolast
Ofcourse there are worse things than software piracy, but just because piracy is "less bad" than other things it doesn't mean that you can do it.
By lichlord (SI Core) on Feb 14, 2011
lichlord
prosecuting everyone that does piracy man in a global scale i think that a lot of people to go with

im all for the encouraging part tho lol

the free to play might work but i think that would increase hacking wich is a life i left behind me lol however i do believe their would be less hackign then actuall pirating and even how you look on it criminal systems will keep to exists in all kind of forms... unless we became emotionless lol
By djole381 (SI Elite) on Feb 14, 2011
djole381
I don't "do" it if that's what you mean. The problem is how to encourage the people to stop "doing" it and actually buying original games. Naturally, publishers aka evil corporations aren't making things easy by pumping up the prices and reducing the quality of said games. In many eastern European countries piracy isn't viewed as an criminal act (or a bad thing for that matter) and many people gladly resort to it because game prices are not proportionate to the living standards plus some are more expensive than in western countries because of state regulated taxes and import fees. Digital distribution is rarely used because of poor quality and overpriced internet connection. Gaming is viewed as a childish thing so a person who calls himself a gamer is viewed as a weirdo, someone who doesn't have a social life.
JonahFalcon said in one of his posts that if people are poor and can't afford the games why steal them. As I said before many people do not equate piracy with stealing and that is something that needs to change. Unfortunately piracy cannot be stopped but developers and publishers can lessen it's impact by educating people about it, lowering game prices, improving quality and by NOT BEING EVIL.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Feb 14, 2011
herodotus
Time to end this guys.
By djole381 (SI Elite) on Feb 14, 2011
djole381
@herodotus
Sorry, I got carried away. Anyway I hate to ask you this but did we break a record on posting here or what? :D
By Arrecoolast (SI Core) on Feb 14, 2011
Arrecoolast
You don't do it? You did by downloading the leak of Crysis 2.
By Kres (SI Elite) on Feb 15, 2011
Kres
Surely the most commented news piece ever *claps* *clap*
By Arrecoolast (SI Core) on Feb 15, 2011
Arrecoolast
You're welcome. :P
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Feb 15, 2011
herodotus
#Kres
Last time we had something so heated and commented on was a news item on "Final Fantasy XIV" last year. Boy, that one was hot.
Just try to keep the language clean, please. We have all ages here.
By JustCommunication (SI Core) on Feb 15, 2011
JustCommunication
Seriously guys, I'm not joking. That's ENOUGH. Anyone who posts after this will face the consequences.
By Revan (SI Elite) on Feb 15, 2011
Revan
Muahahah! I'm posting! Woohoo! :P
But seriously though, thats a Lot of comments!
By BoneArc (SI Elite) on Feb 16, 2011
BoneArc
is it just me , or did anyone else knew about this 2 Weeks ago ....
By Illusive_Serb (SI Veteran Member) on Feb 16, 2011
Illusive_Serb
Nobady cares. And nobady is affected by this. You wonna bet they'll still earn millions on this game?