PC Games: You Buy or Pirate?

Discussion in 'Computer Games and General Discussion' started by c2ironfist, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. c2ironfist
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    Hey guys

    I'm considering purchasing Call of Duty 4 but I'm curious what are the advantage of buying the actual game or pirating it?

    What I mean by advantages I mean advantages and disadvantages for me. I don't care for the developers just my own personal advantages Very Happy

    I've never really gamed before so this will be the first FPS I ever buy and the 2nd FPS I will play besides Halo for the xbox.

    Certain things to consider is the online play, does playing a pirated version have problems playing online? and other stuff

    okay please post in Smile

    Thanks
    Jimmy
     


  2. cupajoe

    cupajoe Have a cup of joe!

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    I've always been to afraid to pirate PC games. I don't know why, but it seems like they would send a letter to my isp or something.
     
  3. jargus

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    You might not be able to play online. Many releases have a crack to fix this.
     
  4. Joey Ravn

    Joey Ravn F*** you, Nintendo!

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    Pirate all the way. Don't get me wrong, I buy PC games from time to time, especially the good ones and MMOs.
     
  5. alltooamorous

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    Generally, the only pro to buying a PC game is for the online gameplay.

    Specifically, Call of Duty 4's campaign is terribly short. It was fun, but you can honestly finish it in less than a day. If you want to play online, then purchase the game. Otherwise, there's no point.
     
  6. c2ironfist
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    lol yhaa

    I'm not sure I've never been a PC gamer so I'm not sure whether or not I might even play this game later.

    If I like the game for sure I'll buy it. I doubt the demo available has an online mode which is the reason why I'm interested in getting the game.
     
  7. Diablo1123

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    I only buy the good ones?
    But suggest to buy only if advantage over not buying.

    For example I bought Left 4 Dead.
    Now if I wanted to pirate it, I'd have to download a whole bunch of stuff on rapidshare, and again each time theres an update.

    And the cracks and all that stuff.
     
  8. sgand

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    My downloaded games tend to always stay on the same version because I'm way too lazy to keep up with downloading cracked patches. I've also never been online with any of them.
     
  9. da_head

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    well i've never purchased a piece of software in my life, though i will when starcraft 2 comes out. games that i have that CAN go online include:
    starcraft (stole the cdkey off some kid in elementary school xD)
    warcraft 3 (given to me by my cousin)
    Guildwars knightfall (same as above)
    WoW (private server)
    Halo 1 (cd key off the internet lol)

    other than that, i either go to my friends house for xbox live, play my ds/psp, or play the shitload of games i have that are single player (such as Mass Effect, assassin's creed, gta iv etc)

    so i really have no need to purchase any games
     
  10. c2ironfist
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    I'm probably gonna buy the game then. I'm just worried that I may not like the game.

    Thanks for posting in guys
    I'm actually gonna leave now to go buy it lol
     
  11. nin10do

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    i've never pirated a game but i do support file sharing. there is no advantage to buying cod4 instore.
    also cracked servers are your friends.

    EDIT: dammit one post too late.
     
  12. xcalibur

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    Pirating all the way. Except for specific titles, I don't bother paying for PC games seeing as I can get them on 360.
     
  13. juggernaut911

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    I buy great ones or online ones.

    pirate old ones or offline ones
     
  14. esoterica

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    I used to buy ALL my games, until I discovered how to pirate. And since then, I haven't bought a game, unless it's an online game that requires a key. I may still buy games I really look forward to, but for the most part, it's all downloads.
     
  15. Gaisuto

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    I buy mutliplayer games on the PC, that's it. Unreal Tournament, Star Wars Battlefront 2, WoW, Warhammer Online, Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead, getting Dawn of War 2 as soon as the money comes in. If it's a game I tend on playing online I buy. Other wise I just download it.
     
  16. Rod

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    I almost don't play on my PC, but the little I do, it's pirated. I must have like 4 or 5 games in here, I'm just not into PC gaming.
     
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    Wow, you're nice [​IMG]
     
  18. mflo

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    The only PC games I've ever bought were DiabloII and Left4Dead. Everything else from the net heheheh [​IMG]
     
  19. c2ironfist
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    I didn't mean I didn't care for developers. I meant I wanted to hear opinions based on the advantages for the users. I didn't want to get comments like buy the game to support the developers.

    If I like a game enough I'll actually go and purchase the original copy.

    Most of the games I play are all originals. I usually try before I buy a game. Usually if I don't like a game after playing it for a bit, I wont bother to touch it ever again.

    I wanted to try out the online mode first before I buy. That's the big seller for me and I guess I can't really do that without buying it first.

    So pretty much I do care about the developers...as long as I like their games I'll support them.

    oh yhaa btw I didn't get a chance to pick it up. Wal-Mart didn't have them in stock [​IMG]

    I'm going tomorrow to best buy check to see if they have it.
     
  20. Raestloz

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    I buy the pirated version [​IMG]

    it's lame, yeah, why buy a free item? I can't do anything 'bout it though, my P2P connection is cut so I can't DL torrents.

    It's really good, I strongly suggest you buy it. I DO want to buy the retail, but it's not available here [​IMG]

    the multiplayer is kind of like the campaign in "warpig", code bog_a. intense, massive, and full of shats flying everywhere. Set the difficulty to Hardened and you've pretty much simulated the regular multiplayer