Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 33] : Bobby Always Rides His Big Wheel (Low-Fi)

Bobby's World

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.

Continue the conversation by leaving a comment or contacting us on Twitter.

Josh (The Forward Thinker)

Rev. Rebecca Nathaniel (The Nostalgic Alcoholic)

Julian (The Moderator)

Mandi (The Lead Research Specialist)

You can see a complete list of games mentioned in this episode at the official Half-Glass Gaming website.

Plus, don’t forget to stop back next week: New episodes air every Wednesday.

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  • mrmario7502

    Re: Pteradactyl/Dinosaur Debate
    Has Alan Grant weighed in on the topic? We can’t know for certain until we have confirmation from an expert.

  • Jimmy Mamatas

    Things do sound a bit off, but I thought the episode itself was quite good. I’m sorry to hear you had problems with your technology and I hope its resolved shortly. As for the topic, I have emulated a few very old titles but never pirated a new game. I’m older and never got used to getting things for free.

  • Thief921

    My mates and I pirated games back in our uni days and didn’t think much of it. I’d never pirate a game now, though.

  • Thief921

    My mates and I pirated games back in our uni days and didn’t think much of it. I’d never pirate a game now, though.

  • mako33

    Bootleg games are hilarious. If you ever need a laugh, you should look up Syrian game covers.

  • discipleofpizza

    The episode is hard to here but I know you had problems. ANyway I think that sometimes companies
    make to big a deal out of piracy. People who pirate games weren’t gonna buy them anyways.

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