According to a reliable source (the internet!), Bioshock 2, as you can see in the picture above, has officially been leaked.

The ongoing battle between pirates and publishers is nothing new. The Warez world has been thriving since the wee days of the internet (and before even!). Still, the knowledge that its not a recent trend doesn’t help the fact that every time I see a wonderful work of art get ripped off I feel a little bit of sadness. You know, because everytime you download an illegal video game, a kitten grows another head. Or something like that.

We wonder why every publisher freaks out about digital protection. Cmon, they have their reasoning! Even though there are better methods that could be enacted, i think not wanting to have your hard work yanked from you by a couple dweebs with advance copies is a completely valid arguement. Of course, I am not painting myself as The Holy Jesus of Video Games. I definitely dabble in the illegal file sharing world as well, no doubt about it. All I’m saying is, would you rip off a hardworking development team who put so much blood sweat and tears into their product before they even get a chance to SELL IT!?

Not trying to be the moral police here. Just a guy, passing the news. Who can shoot lightning at your soul.


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PatrickLum said: The idea that someone would get a game for free and then tell all their friends to BUY the game that they just got for free is… flawed, to say the least.

Why?

The title, at least, of this article makes no sense.
You’re saying that the developers spent money on adding DRM to this title, and it was a complete waste because the game is available anyway. And, of course, DRM always annoys some proportion of their customers.
So. The decision to use DRM meant that they have less money, some number of annoyed customers, and they gained nothing.
My headline would be “Bioshock 2 Pirated: DRM a waste of money”.
(For the record, I won’t be looking for the pirated version, and will be buying this game at some point. I’m not supporting the piracy of it at all, just pointing out that the DRM is a bad business decision).

PatrickLum said: The idea that someone would get a game for free and then tell all their friends to BUY the game that they just got for free is… flawed, to say the least.

Yeah, we should tell those damn reviewers at GameSpot and IGN that tell everybody to buy the games that they get for free to CUT IT OUT!

The idea that someone would get a game for free and then tell all their friends to BUY the game that they just got for free is… flawed, to say the least.

WilliamLeary said: Yeah pirating music isn’t anything like pirating games.
There are many other ways you can support an artist, you could buy their vinyl, go to their shows, purchase merchandise, or just donate to their tour efforts.
There’s not much you can do for a developer if you pirate their game.

If the game is good, you could tell several people about it and urge them to give the game a try and purchase it. The downloader may not be able to financially support the dev team, but they could become advertisers and cheerleaders and help it gain exposure to get other people to financially support the dev team.

1 person buying a game and forgetting about it is worth less than 1 person downloading an unapproved version and convincing 5 of their friends to buy the game.

And usually, downloaders aren’t buyers. Downloaders are the people who previously purchased second market (which doesn’t support dev teams), borrowed it from their friends (doesn’t support dev teams), or just never played a game that wasn’t worth full retail price (dev team gets no money, nor do they get an advertiser).

Man… that’s… impressive, I have to say. Buuut yeah. Other options: half.com. I buy everything from there and I’ve gone from paying 60 bucks per game to 20-30. Also, it looks like games are moving to being downloadable instead of having anything physical anyway… which is part of the cost (especially for ps3 games… stupid blueray disks cost so much).

I think the best anti-piracy measures are the ones that let you play the game for a little bit… then kick you out or make it impossible to play. That way players get a taste for the game, then might be tempted to buy it, especially since they can’t pirate it. Like a demo! BUT. There are plenty of people online that make it their life’s goal to crack every anti piracy measure out there… so if the devs release something like that, in one or two weeks there will be a patched version available. ):

True that, William. It’s awful, but I can’t really say I’m surprised.

Yeah pirating music isn’t anything like pirating games.

There are many other ways you can support an artist, you could buy their vinyl, go to their shows, purchase merchandise, or just donate to their tour efforts.

There’s not much you can do for a developer if you pirate their game.

Yes, but many people who would otherwise have bought it also pirate games

It’s not much good saying ‘people who never would have bought it will play it’ because their appreciation, while wanted, is not going to keep your company from drowning under mountains of debt. Game-making is expensive as crap, from what I understand, and piracy really hurts the industry.

That said I’m sure Irrational is rolling in cash anyway.

I haven’t bootleged games in a long time, but I can’t say I’m completely against it. Video games aren’t cheap and playing pirated copies might be the only option for some people. If I was part of the development team, then I would rather have someone download my work and enjoy it, instead of them never playing it at all.

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