Piracy


Archive: September 27th, 2013

[Editorial] So you want to complain about the product prices. Hmmm, lets talk about piracy, well blatant stealing. Call piracy what you want, a product or idea was taken without prior consent. Basically, you decided that you wanted to have something from someone or a company without paying for it. What can me just taking one copy do? 

Well, one copy from you and 100, 200, 300 from others. The list goes on and on. There are some big developing companies so they do not feel it as much (NOT REALLY), even though they have to pay the people who worked on the project you wanted for 1,2,3 years. There are whole websites dedicated to taking, stealing, pinching. 

HAR Matey, do I hear pirates? I'm sure you asking yourself, who needs a temperance lesson? Who gives Mark guy the right to question me? Well I pay for my stuff (Thanks for applause). I have a lot invested in simming and a lot of you do as well. Don't get me wrong, I worked hard for it all. I also believe a fair price for a product is what I deserve, don't you? Question is, if a developer spends his time, money and effort, should he take a hit for someone else? 

Would you go to work and at payday, the boss says "Mark, you had a good month but someone has to pay for all the stock missing, so I figured it should be the company, including theemployees, cause if we raise prices, the forums are going to light up and people are going to bash us into smithereens”. 

Ok, so a little far fetched, a little over the top, however the point is there. Wrong is wrong. Most of you like me pay for what we get and want a fair price. Every person who stops stealing, helps to break the chain. How can we change the poor habits of some. Spread the word that you are tired of paying for someone else's product. I know I have told people I met simming to grow up and pay like the rest of us. We are not talking about food or shelter here.

To be clear, I am not saying that any of the developers prices are too high or that any developer is charging to much for their product due to piracy, but a loss has to be factored in however big or small. At the end of the day we need to support the developers so we can continue to enjoy simming. Whatever reason you are simmimg, lets make sure that we do not destroy the community we depend on.

Cheers,

-Mark Smith.