Jonathan Blow's (above) latest game, The Witness has been receiving a whole bunch of positive reviews but it looks like it's been getting heavily pirated since its release. And it may affect his next project -- whatever that may be. As one of the bigger names in Indie Gaming, it's kind of alarming to see how even his games get pirated. He tweeted today saying:
It seems The Witness is the #1 game on a certain popular torrent site. Unfortunately this will not help us afford to make another game!
I'm glad that a lot more people will be experiencing the game! But I also want to be able to make another comparable game next! Just sayin'.
It's interesting to me because I would assume that someone who is so opposed to DRM and anti-piracy things that don't allow players to actually own their games still has their stuff being pirated.
This little infographic I found on the history of pirating games reminds me of my own history with piracy. When I was in high school (and unemployed) I thought that pirating games was an "okay" thing. I couldn't afford to buy any new PC titles -- or the ones that I really loved playing and tried to justify it to myself.
But as I got older, I realized that this is a surefire way to negatively affect the companies that I love. And I know how weird of a statement that is, to love a company that makes a thing for you to enjoy but I feel like it's our job as consumers to support the things we like.
If paying 40 dollars for The Witness is too much for you, I suggest you don't buy it at all and maybe watch a Let's Play of it instead of downright pirating it. And that's the same with any game that you feel like is overpriced. I recently wrote about not wanting to buy Star Wars: Battlefront but that doesn't mean I'm going to find a pirated copy. It's not even about the risk of being caught, it just seems unethical to actively "steal" from an industry that I also admit loving.
What do you guys think about piracy? Do you still pirate games? If so, how do you justify it to yourself? There's no wrong or right answer, I'm mostly just curious. Let me know in the comments below