One of my favorite gaming personalities, Patrick Klepek (of Kotaku and formerly Giant Bomb) recently posted an interesting and informative look at the world of video game piracy and how it is affecting the popular new game The Witness. The video is only five minutes long but Patrick goes over a lot of information and touches on both sides of the issue. Definitely worth a watch!
I’ll admit, I’ve dabbled in piracy over the years, but as digital storefronts have gotten better and easier to use, I’ve actually found it more of a hassle to pirate anything these days. Time is money, and the process of buying a digital product is so easy these days that it’s not even worth the hassle of trying to save a few bucks. Besides the ease of use issue, I’ve found it more rewarding to actually support those who work hard to entertain us. I like seeing my iTunes movie collection grow, and as much as I love video games, I couldn’t even think of robbing a hard working developer, potentially deterring them from continuing to make high quality games.
Please don’t pirate!
I’ve had a habit of browsing IGN at least once a day in order to get a quick glimpse of what’s going on in the video game world for awhile now. I used to really enjoy visiting IGN, especially for their convenient video reviews. There used to be at least some value in visiting IGN. Then today I saw this:
Something above is not like the others. I, like many others, was baffled when I came across the headline “Taylor Swift and Lisa Kudrow’s Smelly Cat Duet” nestled alongside various gaming headlines. The article seems like a blurb you’d find on TMZ, or a morning news show, not a dedicated gaming website.
Of course, IGN is less about gaming than it ever used to be. Their mission statement (of sorts) describes their intended audience:
I think they’re starting to miss their mark more and more lately. Beyond IGN’s lack of meaningful content, their community is excessively toxic as of late. It’s time to give up on IGN. I’ll stick with Kotaku and Giant Bomb for my gaming news, reviews and editorials from now on. Kotaku might not be much better at times, but at least they have the ever talented Patrick Klepek.