By Zabant 19 Comments
This is hot topic right now which may be the reason i'm making a blog about it but hear me out.;
Not ten minutes ago I experienced this for myself. My father asked to me (as he quaintly put it) to "tape" the film Captain Corelli's Mandolin from the internet and give it to him.
Now bear with me as he is old and knows next to nothing about the internet and modern technology, what he basically wanted me to do was to download the film and burn it to a dvd for him to watch. Now, me being lazy and seeing no real benefit from doing this for him other than being a kind son almost lead me to shoot him down with the excuse that i didn't have any spare discs, which is actually a half truth anyway. I mean come on.... I would have to go out of my way to download it, find a spare blank dvd, put it in the drive, find/download some burning software as lord knows I haven't burnt any dvd's in a long time, burn said dvd and finally give it to him so it would play on his DVD player. An easy thing to do, however it would take at least 10-15 minutes to acomplish, something my lazy ass is not willing to do. It's my day off dammit!
This time however I happened to be browsing amazon putting in my preorders for games when he to asked me to do this for him. A simple search revealed amazon has 20+ used copies being sold for a penny (plus the usual £2 shipping) "Fuck it" i thought, 1 click and it was on the way to his address. Well worth the £2 for the hassle it would have taken and i still come out of it looking like a good and helpful son. Hell, i could have asked him for the £2 and he would have given it to me if i wanted to be extra stingy but i didn't, I'm not that much of an asshole.
-Edit PLUS I'M NOT BREAKING THE LAW! maybe should have thought of that also
It made me think back to a reddit post with a very nice Image of our very own jeff gerstmann rocking out with a very apt quote of his from one of the recent jar time vids:
Truly there was never a better way to put it.
Convenience is the best way TODAY to combat piracy. Not retarded DRM or freedom stealing legislation.
The reddit post in question: http://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/p317w/jeff_gerstmann_from_giantbomb_says_it_right/