The following article is partly cannibalised from a post I wrote a number of years ago on the Infinity – Quest for Earth forums. If you haven’t seen or heard of Infinity, look it up. Why? Because a procedurally generated game with infinite content that maintains commonality by sharing algorithms with other game clients is a damn cool idea. That’s why. But I digress.
Game piracy is a pretty difficult and thorny issue which is rarely explored in much detail without resorting to oversimplification and emotive propaganda. So much so that just about any debate seems to descend to straw manning. In some of the more rational and measured analyses of the issue I’ve read there seem to be a few shared points that keep cropping up which I feel obliged to elaborate and comment on.