We apologize in advance for the sound quality of this episode. We hit a snag with our hardware, but we decided against tossing out this fantastic episode; we really wanted you to hear it. We hope you forgive us for sounding so low-fi.
This week, we’re talking piracy. We cut through some of the bullshit arguments surrounding this controversial topic to explain that yes, piracy does hurt game developers. And musicians. And maybe even Ben Affleck. Of course, we’ve managed to dig up some caveats as well, giving examples of gaming studios that might not exist without piracy (ahem, CD Projekt Red, ahem.)
We also explore the history of video game piracy, beginning with the easily dub-able cassette tape years and stretching all the way to the recent Witness controversy. We also explain how piracy works in Poland, Russia, Iran, and Japan, from Famiclones to stickered bootlegs to possible prison time.
And at the end of it all, we have some confessions about our own regrettable decisions regarding pirated video games.
And yes our featured image this week comes from a pirated episode of Bobby’s World.
We hope you weather the storm with us, dear friends, because this one’s a real doozy.
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