To those who want to hear the ramblings of a 30+ year old man who started life with an Apple II…you can continue. The others can plainly pull a .357 from your jacket pocket and put it in your mouth scattering your brains all over the wall behind you. (The French can just go take a bath…I’m sure that would kill them.) Well…enough of the hatred/racist talk…Let’s get to business.
When I got an Intellivision back in the day…you kind of had to buy the cartridge to play the game. Piracy was not an issue…
until I got an Apple //c.
The Apple //c was OK (I begged for a c-64, but the folks didn’t listen…they thought “More expensive” means “better quality”. WRONG)
I played Taipan (the only game I wound up aquiring on my own) and Ultima III listening to “one night in Bangkok” and “we are the world” on the Radio…Then a friend of mine new a friend who had an Apple IIe and then after talking to him and others…we wound up collecting a bunch of games among us. For the years I owned that machine I purchased 4 Games…That’s it. Didn’t think twice about it either.
Got a C-64 then…copied games like crazy, but the games I really loved I would buy a copy to have the instructions and the original packaging…Maybe I bought around 20 games…Of course I got them well after their initial release date so I could get a discount.
Fast forward to today: I download only mp3s and feel I’ve wasted enough cash on 400 Compact Discs already (200 of which were taken by an ex-wife)…I will rarely buy a CD unless it’s a band I truely like…And those I’ve only recently listened to by getting mp3s…So bands will get my money that are based on quality and style as opposed to popularity…
But for software, I have recently changed my attitude about piracy. I do not like it. I don’t like the fact the game manufacturers charge a bunch of dough and then treat the users like junk…But if it is something I think I will like, I shell up the cash…Exept for certain programs.
Why the heck would I pay for an MS Office Suite when I can download it for free? If the program were $30…$40…Maybe even %50, I would pay for it. But at these prices they are now: SCREW THAT.
Has any game maker tried to sell games cheap with the possiblity of getting MORE profits by getting higher numbers of users to use them? I have not heard of that but hope that it is true.
It fits for the consoles as well: I will never buy a $50 game that’s on a 50c CD. If it was $20, I’d buy many.
Oh well…Guess the world has a way to go for me to catch up, or it to catch up to me. I’m not sure which one.