I feel bad about being a pirate. I have downloaded games before. Usually they are action games I think I might like, and I use them as demos. If there is a game I know I want, and I keep track of during development, I will buy it when it comes out (any Telltale games, Star Wars stuff, lots of stuff on Steam, adventure games and the like...) - the games I torrent are ones I think look interesting but might not actually enjoy enough to invest time or money into. 90% of the games I've torrented I've played for 5 minutes, and never touched again and deleted (I remember a time when I bought games at Gamestop - Theif: the Dark Ages era - bought games all the time that I just, "Didn't like" and they let me return them for full credit...those were the days).
And if there is a game I play that I absolutely love, I'll buy...but not all the time. Most of the time if I like a game I'll play through it, and toss it.
I have downloaded music CDs in the past. I had a horrible DRM experience once: I bought a CD, and the album would not let me rip it to my hard drive. I tried for a long time and discovered it was part of the CD's DRM. I got mad and stopped buying CDs for a long long time. But now with the price of Amazon's mp3 store being so low, I've been buying them for the past year or so happily (see what happened there publishers? See what your DRM did?!)
The other thing I will download is TV shows. I don't watch too much TV, but I usually download the shows that I love watching, but missed the night before. If I can't Hulu it (Office, 30 Rock, Modern Family) I'll download it. I've also been downloading the latest season of the IT Crowd that is showing on the BBC in the UK right now. I've bought the previous seasons, and I'm downloading these until the DVDs hit the US, then I'll buy.
Do I feel bad about this? Sometimes. Will that stop me? No. Why? Because I won't play Assassin's Creed 2 with Ubisoft's ridiculous DRM, and chances are, I won't play the new Prince of Persia with their DRM this way ...so I'll have to wait until someone cracks with a torrent site. Would I buy it if the DRM were simpler and less restrictive. Hell yeah! I love those series. But the DRM is pushing me away. When I pay for a game/CD/movie, etc..I want to use it however the hell I want, and I will keep it within my household. but Ubisoft will point at something like this post and say, "SEE! THIS IS WHY WE HAVE TO DO WHAT WE DO!!!" And I point at their DRM and say, "SEE THIS IS WHY I DOWNLOAD!"
It's a cycle that won't be broken, and why more and more games will bypass the PC and go straight for consoles (Alan Wake? So sad that didn't come to PC...would have been a day one purchase for me - hoping Red Dead Redemption makes the jump, too).
I hope the Telltale people don't hate me now...
Last edited by Armand1880; 07/13/2010 at 07:21 am.