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  1. Torrents (I pirate everything)

    20 vote(s)
    15.7%
  2. Torrents (I pirate Games)

    1 vote(s)
    0.8%
  3. Torrents (I pirate stuff besides games)

    12 vote(s)
    9.4%
  4. Direct Downloads (I pirate everything)

    12 vote(s)
    9.4%
  5. Direct Downloads (I pirate Games)

    7 vote(s)
    5.5%
  6. Direct Downloads (I pirate stuff besides games)

    7 vote(s)
    5.5%
  7. I use both

    58 vote(s)
    45.7%
  8. I don't know and I don't care, just here to read some arguments.

    10 vote(s)
    7.9%
  9. 127 voter(s)
  1. Deleted User

    OP Deleted User Newbie

    Just to make things clear, this thread is going to be neither a host for torrents/downloads nor an argument about the morality issues revolving around piracy.

    Now that that is taken care of, I really am interested. This is just some information for me on what people prefer. In this, I am not just talking about games or movies, but actual software, like Photoshop or Sony Vegas Pro, along with games and movies. Now, I am not putting my opinion into this, but I do want to hear others.

    Some points I want to see:
    • which is safer
    • your experience (or others you know experience) with your decision
    • What you pirate (games, movies, books [idk just putting it out there], or anything else)
    • some other valid arguments
    Some shit I don't want to see:
    • [insert method here] master race
    • Pirating is bad
    • Pirating is good
    • Links to piracy websites, torrents, or downloads
    • Anything else that could get you banned (i care about most, if not all, people on GBATemp)
    If you feel I should clarify anything in the OP, please let me know.

    Example:

    No bullshit. Valid point.
     
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  2. CitizenSnips

    CitizenSnips a seldom-used crab named Lucky
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    For newer games I'd suggest torrents as direct downloads could more likely have viruses, but older game ROMs i'd suggest direct downloads as its faster and you aren't very likely to get in trouble over an older game, and are quite trustworthy if you know where to go
     
  3. Deleted User

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    I am using this as an example. Thanks
     
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  4. xtheman

    xtheman GBAtemp Guru
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    For games: If I can't find a direct download without a cancerous host, then I just torrent it. But normally if its a google drive link I just use that.

    I don't use any software so I wouldn't know, but I do torrent movies
     
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  5. Zeriel

    Zeriel Squid Kid
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    Do you work for the gaming industry or Denuvo or something?
     
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  6. Deleted User

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    no.
     
  7. RustInPeace

    RustInPeace Samurai Cop
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    This but I never encountered Drive links for movies. I mainly torrent for movies and sometimes porn, but also there are two websites that host movies via direct downloads that I love to go on. They host exploitation, cult, obscure movies, the newest or more famous movies get the torrent treatment, the "trash" is relished in those two sites.
     
  8. xtheman

    xtheman GBAtemp Guru
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    I meant the first part as in games, I should have been a bit more clear about that
     
  9. the_randomizer

    the_randomizer The Temp's official fox whisperer
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    Direct downloads, torrents can't be trusted, even with Peerblock, even worse when you're told to seed them; makes it easier to trace apparently. That, and viruses/Trojans.
    How are torrents safer than direct links? Surely, torrents are a cesspool for viruses, malware, and ways of having your ISP track?
     
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  10. hobbledehoy899

    hobbledehoy899 GBAtemp Addict
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    How could you post that comment if you don't use any software? (Being a video game player while not using any software also doesn't make any sense.)
     
  11. xtheman

    xtheman GBAtemp Guru
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    This is the software I meant... (shit like that)
     
  12. The Real Jdbye

    The Real Jdbye *is birb*
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    Torrents for movies, shows, and the odd PC game or software. Though I usually buy games on Steam rather than pirate.
    Free file hosts for most console games, since they're easier to find there.
     
  13. hobbledehoy899

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    So your saying that all games are vaporware?
     
  14. RevPokemon

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    I almost always use direct downloads unless I am downloading various files such as CD's or something since then torrenting would be more productive.
     
  15. Demifiend

    Demifiend The bored one
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    If possible I would like to use torrents but sometimes the hosts of them aren't too trustworthy so I go with Direct Links, assuming that the file you're downloading doesn't requires you to "lol, fill a survey to unlock pass" and even if you could unlock it, is most likely just a virus rather than the software you're looking for, however, if it's just the installer and the keygen on the zipped file, then it gets a pass, rarely I see situations in which either the keygen fails or the file is completely corrupted, I happen to have had more of those with torrents, but with torrents I can download continuously without any interruptions so there's that too

    TL;DR I use both, as long as they have what I am looking for available, then I'm fine with it
     
  16. Deleted User

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    I absolutely hate things like GDrive and Mega until I HAVE to use them. I try to torrent almost everything. Torrent is mostly bullshit free and one click download.
     
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  17. Ricken

    Ricken Now you feel... So alive...
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    I prefer to torrent, because less site hopping, and I'm biased to P2P
    I don't mind a ddl, but Torrents just scream 'YES' at me
     
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  18. Jao Chu

    Jao Chu GBAtemp Advanced Maniac
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    I like direct links so i can run them through multi-threaded downloading clients to max out my FTTH connection. However I dislike signing up for forums, hitting "like" to show download links and mother-fucking pay-per-click link-shortening bullshit, so I will always try bittorrent first.
     
  19. lcie nimbus

    lcie nimbus 100th degree asskicker
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    I generally use direct downloads, I only do torrents when there is no other choice, it actually depends quite a bit, some file hosting sites will slow me down so bad, i'll get pissed off and use torrents.
     
  20. FAST6191

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    Usenet? Or is that wrapped up into file lockers/direct downloads/file hosters?
     
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