With apologies in advance to those who truly have Aspergers Syndrome.
Just when I thought that the piracy issue was going away from time to time until someone decides to deploy landmines of hostility anyone with a different opinion, piracy continues to be rampant as either side of the debate in a continuous stalemate or possibly that the game publishers and developers are slowly decaying impending for another video game market crash. Piracy is not purely black and white issue, it is certainly nothing but grey matter.
On April 29, 2013, Greenheart games released a game called “Game Dev Tycoon” an indie game on gaming development. On that same day, Greenheart games put out a cracked copy on torrent sites and within 4 hours of their game release, they post their journal about the irony about gaming piracy. This also brought up that how game developers also managed to screw with pirates. The most infamous is the Earthbound game if obtained illegally not only making the game more difficult than the legal version, the game would crash upon the final boss forcing the user to reset it and like a cherry on a turd sundae, it also deleted your saves too. That is very brutal. Until when hackers override the few changes and it becomes like any other normal copy.
But this brings another issue about piracy since Greenheart games pulled up the numbers that 93% pirated the game. I’m not statistician but with <90% failure rate, how does a game company stay afloat? I can’t say for all game companies but for companies pinpointing for blaming piracy for their loss there has to be a bigger picture. Most if not all indie developers experienced having their game pirated such as World of Goo having an 90% piracy rate most indie game developers took it well. They are not like AAA gaming with huge budgets with multimillion needing massive sales to break even. Some indie game developments trying to self sustain and simply promoting their game. Indie game developers were disappointed to see the game pirated when they look at the figures. Even Minecraft creator Notch considers piracy to be a crime less than jaywalking.
Again apologies to those who have Asperger Syndrome.