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.

Here’s a full list of games mentioned in this episode:

  • The Witness
  • Frogger
  • Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Tetroid
  • The Steepler Dendy (game console)
  • Bucky O’Hare
  • EarthBound
  • The Great Word Adventure Starring Howie Mandel
  • Pokémon (series)
  • Enter the Matrix
  • Just Cause 3
  • Portal
  • Portal 2
  • Baldur’s Gate
  • Garage: Bad Dream Adventure
  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni
  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru
  • Mother 3
  • Game Dev Tycoon
  • Mirror’s Edge
  • Braid
  • Gone Home
  • Pokémon X&Y
  • Minecraft
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Skullgirls
  • Age of Empires III
  • Age of Empires Online
  • The Sims (series)
  • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
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8 years ago

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
Jimmy Mamatas
8 years ago

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.

8 years ago

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.

8 years ago

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.

8 years ago

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

8 years ago

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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