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News Call of Duty 4 piracy is rampant

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Tim S, 17 Jan 2008.

  1. CanadianViking

    CanadianViking Beast from the North

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    Alright, anyone who's downloaded music before, DON'T BASH PEOPLE WHO PIRATE GAMES. All this thread seems to be about is telling people who download games that they're scumbags.

    I download games. I will freely admit that. I only download old ones because of the age of my computer, but I'm not trying to justify it. I know it's theft. What gets me, is people who bash people like me, but then go home and download music. It's easy, why not?

    IT'S THE SAME THING. Intellectual property theft. Identical crimes.

    If you've ever downloaded ANYTHING copyrighted (music, film, software) without direct consent from the publisher, DO NOT start smack-talking game pirates.

    Oh, and if you don't download anything at all, then feel proud. Just don't start telling me I'm a bad person, let me get arrested on my own thank-you.
     
  2. bubsterboo

    bubsterboo What's a Dremel?

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    A large percentage of the piracy on Crysis is entirely EAs fault. They pre-released it to people before the official release date. So ofcource, you could download it before you could buy it.

    To anyone wanting Crysis (even if they want to buy it) this was very encouraging.
     
  3. Edvuld

    Edvuld Minimodder

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    When I was younger, say maybe 14-18, everyone pirated everything all the time, but when you grow up I think most people find that it's kinda neat to have your own collection of original games, movies and music.
     
  4. knuck

    knuck Hate your face

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    when you were younger ?

    I find it kind of funny because it's not as if 'piracy' had been around for 25 years ;)
     
  5. notatoad

    notatoad pretty fing wonderful

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    you mean when you have a job and resposibilities and no time to play games, you can afford to buy them.
     
  6. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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    Yeah it has. I was collecting pirated Amiga games from car boot sales and pirate collection disks decades ago until I learned better. It's the benefit of living in a market town.
     
  7. Edvuld

    Edvuld Minimodder

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    Somewhat yes. What I meant was that when we were in school you have much more time to play games, but not a whole lot of cash to spend on them, and when I was in that age I can't say I cared at all about the companies that released the games, but now I want to support those who make quality games, and that's why I payed for The Orange Box, CoD4 etc, even though I haven't gotten around to play them really. I've only played Ep2 out of TOB, and I still have MGS 2-3 untouched in my shelf... I guess I'll try them out soon ;)

    I'm 22 btw ;)
     
  8. Xir

    Xir Modder

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    Exactly ;-)

    The legal way is quicker and usually easier (apart from useless copy protection that makes it intricate again) and most people reach a point where this counts more than saving some cash.
    With updates (patches) becoming more important*, this will increase. (saving you the hassle of having to search a spyware/virus infested site for a new crack)

    *read: Companies can't be bugged to do a proper test. Sometimes I feel like I'm buying beta's instead of gold

    Same goes for other Software...at some point you'll end up owning a legitimate copy of Windows :hehe:
    Just don't have the time to put together your PC from scraps other people throw away...and have the money to go a quicker, legal way.

    So yes, it's a question of age and awareness (and financial resources), people tend to pirate more when they're younger.

    Xir

    Frankly, if I were a twelve year old now, I'd get into linux....
     
  9. Hamish

    Hamish What's a Dremel?

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    thats such a horrible analogy


    what really pisses me off is when stuff is released a week or so earlier in the states than here
    been plenty of games i've had pre-ordered and still pirated and completed a week before UK release
    more games should be released on steam and international retail simultaneosly
     
  10. iwog

    iwog Linux cursed

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    I've never not owned a legit copy of Windows. Its just too much hassel using the poorly implimented keygens to try and validate XP so you can download the multitude of patches. Plus as I use it all the time it seems a good investment. Office on the other hand.... I think the last legit copy I owned was back in 99 on a 98 machine. Am currently using open office though but have a copy of MS office on my lappy so I can format my work properly before taking it into Uni to print it.
     
  11. cpu121

    cpu121 What's a Dremel?

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    Didn't the COD4 1.4 patch remove the CD check - I've noticed that I haven't needed the disc in to play anymore.

    Irritatingly though, if the game crashes or I have to restart it for some reason, I can't get back on immediately because my serial no. is apparently in use. Seems another case of legal players being punished while illegal players are getting off scot free.
     
  12. Spaceraver

    Spaceraver Ultralurker

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    Ill buy the game if i play it more than ½ hour, no excuse. And yes i d/l them too.. I have grown accustomed to steam and it's benefits.. Or any publisher that gives you a download option..
     
  13. leexgx

    leexgx CPC hang out zone (i Fix pcs i do )

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    Crysis and Unreal Tournament 3 came out after COD4 and has sold alot mroe all my clan members have the game none of us even bothered to download the game to test first (i not even played the single player)

    Single player Needs the CD, Mutilplayer does not

    i give up on games i can use no-CD files on, Bio-shock i not buying untill thay remove shity starforce or what ever it is as i can Download an Crapware free install of Bioshock that will give me No hassle not not requre me to remove my demon tools for my nocd ISO dvd drives

    Company of heros was an good game that i did download and play at first then got first game then then addon later on (single player in that game is good)

    c&c3 i am ok with as thay allways used the same protection (game.dat file) (i own all the games listed but not bioshock)

    i could make an Big list of games even ones that use rootkit type of installs or needing an daft driver for the game to work
     
  14. fathazza

    fathazza Freed on Probation

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    There is no reason for a student not to own office tbh, its only £39 from http://www.theultimatesteal.co.uk/ for the ultimate version. or £12 for a years license. And you can install it on a desktop and a laptop so only one copy is needed.

    Tbh tho for a lot of pc games they should cut out the shop retailers and their silly mark ups and release it digitally for a reasonable price on steam or another service like it and that would cut down piracy and encourage more people to buy it (iirc it was something silly for people in the uk at release like $80 on steam) Yes some people dont have the internet but you cant please everyone.

    As for cod 4, i bought it played the sp, didnt like the mp that much and sold it on ebay for a profit (why do people pay more on ebay for things?) i wonder if their stats think the guy i sold it to is using a stolen copy because the ip the key is being used at has changed....
     
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  15. iwog

    iwog Linux cursed

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    My parents have got my copy of it. I'm quite happy using Open Office for my main work then spending half an hour in M$ Office to make it printable. And that Ultimate Steal offer is only open for another couple of months so next years intake of students ave no cheap M$ Office option. Plus M$ Office 2007 uses an incompatible file save to M$ Office 2003. So either way I would need to spend time in the programme the Uni uses to make it print correctly.
     
  16. steveo_mcg

    steveo_mcg What's a Dremel?

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    tbh I would still release things in the shops and let them have there mark up and make digital distribution much cheaper and to hell with the netless. Sad fact is People with out internet are pretty unlikely to be pirating games from torrent.
     
  17. DXR_13KE

    DXR_13KE BananaModder

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    i think a better way would be to export the file as a pdf file.......
     
  18. iwog

    iwog Linux cursed

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    You obviously haven't met our "tech team". If you try and print a 10 page pdf on our system it normally wont print anything other than the first page followed by loads of blanks. Can see my tutors being really happy with that cant you.
     
  19. DXR_13KE

    DXR_13KE BananaModder

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    that is very stupid...... when i do any kind or work and i want to print it in the uni i export it as a pdf using something like primo pdf, then i print it at our IT centre at the uni.... it works every time.
     
  20. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    We can print to any printer from any location in our uni, just get charged per page...
     
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