I hate pirates. It is as simple as that. Pirates steal from hardworking people every day and it sickens me. Developers work hard for hundreds if not thousands of hours to give us, the users, the best experiences they can. Be it a big developer like Bethesda or a small independent company like Team Meat, their sole purpose is to entertain us. And that is how they survive. I respect that and that is why I firmly stand against piracy. I just feel it’s bad for the industry at large.
Here is where my conundrum is found. As a lover of all things video games, I love looking back and seeing where games have come from over the last 20 to 30 years. From the Atari 2600 to the Xbox 360 we have witnessed a leap in quality and standards that is extremely remarkable when you think about it. Imagine 30 years ago when a single block was the greatest chance Earth had against the menacing alien invasion. Now we all create our Dragonborn and lay waste in Skryim’s massive open world. I want to witness that evolution and there is no greater way to do that than to play the games.
So here I am, a recent college grad drowning in debt and all I want to do is play old SNES/Genesis Games and experience the evolution of the hobby I love so much. In order to do that I have to go Ebay or Craigslist and over pay for a system and maybe get one or two games or find a second hand shop who also charges based on rarity so a copy of Chrono Trigger is 70 dollars. SNES games should not cost $70 its nearly 20 years old. I understand the economics of it all, supply is low and demand is high thus high prices. But why should I pay Joe from Joes Game Store to play Joe and Mac when I can download it online for free and have the same experience. In either case the developer makes $0 off the sale. Am I still a filthy, money stealing pirate? I want to say no but it’s such a gray area of weird that it still makes me wonder if I’m just a big hypocrite. It’d be different if I could go and buy a copy at a reasonable price at the star not some shady looking strip mall “game” store or flea market but I can’t.
I realize that some games get remakes and I’m going to buy them their as that’s the right way to do it. I’m not concerned about playing on an original system. Chrono Trigger on the DS is a great port and I know the money went to a developer who worked on it not the Gamestop employee who took the sale. And when I can buy a version of the a game for the Virtual Console I am all for it. But when I get to some more obscure NES, GB, Master System games, it’s easier to go download the entire game library and just play on my PC with a controller. So am I a hypocrite or are my justifications valid? Please internets tell me if I am a terrible person.