1. Renegade_R

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    I buy Valve games only...they are the only game company that is passionate about the PC and PC gamers.
     
  2. Raestloz

    Raestloz GBATemp's Lone Wolf
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    Only if it's about online gaming. Many passionate companies provide great single-player games
     
  3. FAST6191

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    My personal opinion.

    I hybridise things, pirate copies tend to avoid all the crap that comes with (read up on starforce and the like as well as other checks on things like disc drive emulators) games, tend to have a small footprint when it comes to space used (either pre install or post) and much more.
    Official copies make life a little bit easier when it comes to online stuff if you want to go that route and often they come with extras that can be fun to toy with (a lot of groups leave these but not always).
    With regards to updates it is usually the dox division of a group that handles such things and it is easy enough in most cases to update.

    Also do not listen to anyone that says steam is hard to pirate, in all my experience steam has made things so that they have never been easier to pirate by using a generic protection.

    With regards to online multiplayer there are two main ways around it (assuming you can not find a serial). Also there are plenty of free online games (there was a thread around here somewhere, probably a sticky).
    Those ways around it are cracked servers and VPN/similar.
    I prefer these as the additional technical hurdle prevents most of the idiots from playing and hacked servers also usually have a "fun mode" where some of the grind/restrictions of the original are removed. Do not get me wrong some go completely overboard but many strike a very good balance.

    VPN (virtual private networking) relies on internal network play and uses a virtual private network to allow others to join your network and thus play with you. Some use simplified tools like hamatchi and others use more complex (but more configurable) tools to set up a VPN.

    On the subject of "why PC multiplayer when there is a [insert home console]" assuming you do not mind paying for live on the 360 then I say mods for games. It takes a few months on average for them to get going but once they hit then that is why you want a PC to play online with. Good news is that PC games very rarely hold their price for long and by the time decent mods appear you can usually pick up a game for lunch money and the hardware required*
    Controllers are easy enough to rig up to a PC and have been for some time now, keyboard and mouse are a damn good control method for most games though and with most games released in the last 10 years able to simultaneously support controller and keyboard or dual input of some form you are laughing.

    *PC games have somewhat stagnated recently as DX10 has failed to impress most people and most games will run on older hardware (I am quite happily playing the latest and greatest on my 7900GS) either out of the box or with some fiddling ( http://www.widescreengamingforum.com/wiki/...x.php/Main_Page and http://www.tweakguides.com/ ).
     
  4. shakirmoledina

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    as always if u have a choice go for non-pirate or else if ur like me in a remote place.... piracy is inevitable
     
  5. CockroachMan

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    Most new games I pirate, except when there's some good multiplayer features, like on Left 4 Dead.

    I usually buy games online when they are at a good price. There's a bunch of great games for 10 and 20 dollars on steam, don't mind paying that [​IMG]
     
  6. Satangel

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    I pirate all the latest games. And if I really like one game and it has a great multiplayer mode, I buy it.
    So far I only bought CoD 1 and United Offensive and Call of Duty 2.
     
  7. Wabsta

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    I only buy those really old games, that are in sale after all those years, so, like, Enter The Matrix, is only 2euro's, or Empire Earth 2 for 4euro's..
     
  8. Maz7006

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    I buy most, and if not all my PC games, with the sole exception of Flatout Ultimate Carnage
     
  9. DarkCamui

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    I pirate all my PC games, Xbox 360 games, Wii games, PS2 games and PSP & DS games. I pirate for a few reasons, firstly because it's comfortable I just download it with my 60mbit connection in a few minutes mostly from private trackers and it's much cheaper.

    I do have a PS3 which I've had for 2 years soon but I've only bought Uncharted and Metal Gear Solid 4 for the system though if I could pirate to the system I would have much more titles indeed. But don't get me wrong because I do buy good games such as Diablo series, Starcraft, Metal Gear games. And thanks to piracy I can spend my money on so much else other then just games [​IMG]
     
  10. shadyboy

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    well I do pirate a little too often... BUT if there is a game, like PS0 for DS, a game I really really like, i will get it original...


    Pirate in the beginning to check if game is worth it, thene buy original if I like it very much!
     
  11. Rayder

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    Buy? I don't understand.....what is this "buy" of which you speak? [​IMG]
     
  12. superrob

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    I think its the thing... where you take out some of your money and "exchange" them for a game!
    I know it sounds wierd!
     
  13. Lodis

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    I buy games that are worth while and then I use NOCD patches. Who the hell wants to carry around 50 different CD's when they travel with their laptop ffs.

    Some games are so great and it is very clear that the developer has spent lots of time and hard work to make that they are worth buying.
     
  14. quikshadow

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    Lol i would be able to pirate a lot more if my graphics card wasn't so bad. (NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200) The only game I can play that i bought without lagging is swbf1. I bought SWBF2, too laggy when swbf1 is installed. I downloaded KOTOR. Didn't like it-.-
     
  15. c2ironfist

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    lol I finally found a copy of the damn game.. it was still 70$ including tax which was a bit pricy, considering Call of Duty 5 is out and its the same price.

    I haven't installed it yet but I plan on doing so soon. I got a keyboard for my notebook as well so I hope that helps me play better.
     
  16. pEpz

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    pirating cod4
    seriously. It's not a single player game.
     
  17. Translucentbill

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    I pirate most of my pc games, but if you like FPS games i would really reccomend Counter Strike Source, and also Half Life 2, both great FPS games, CSS is online only though.
     
  18. playallday

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    I always buy my games. Nothing more to say.
     
  19. Trolly

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    Buying is generally quicker and easier IMO. If you download all your games, you'll run out of disc space too and end up buying up more storage.
    Still, that's just me, ISP's usually throttle connections if you download too much (which kept on happening to me), so I've just got on with it and bought games.
    Not to mention, when you purchase a game rather than downloading it, it's infinitely more satisfying.

    Yeah, I had that graphics card for a while, Star Wars:KOTOR 1 & 2, Jade Empire and all the Source games work fine, so it's worth playing those if you haven't already.
     
  20. c2ironfist

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    oh man.. I installed the game jumped right into multiplayer. It's fun, I've played counter strike source before but only for a brief bit though.

    Everyone's been telling me about COD 4 and was pressured to get the game. I finally did and I'm enjoying it [​IMG]

    I usually buy games I like to support the developers, also I hate having to find cracks and stuff online just to run the pirated version. It's not worth the trouble when you get a virus and all that spyware that comes with the risk either.
     
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