In my eyes piracy is born out of neglect. The less you care about the
people, the more piracy you have.
What I mean by that is if you make something easily accessible to all for reasonable
prices and high of a high enough quality that the people see you put good
honest hard work into it with no favouritism you will notice that less people
will go and pirate something.
The only notable companies that share this view with me are game development/distribution
companies like CDProjektRED, the development company that makes The Witcher
games and also has a site where they sell games without any DRM for reasonable
prices, and Steam, notorious for its sales every few months which drop games
down to virtually nothing.
CDProjektRED even did a survey on piracy of The Witcher 2 with and without
DRM, and they noticed a very large decrease in piracy when they released it
again without DRM, the same will go for The Witcher 3 which launches with no piracy
and CDProjektRED even has it on sale right now on their site, you get a bigger
discount if you already own 1 and 2 which is great.
They drove the price of games up over here from the normal £40 (which was
already criminal given the quality of some of these supposed "AAA"
games) to around £55/60. Not exactly accessible when the minimum wage is much
lower than it should be, and the overall quality of these games does not warrant
such a price tag. That and then you get places like Australia which have the
living hell censored out of their games to the point where they are just shells
of what they were originally.
Look at Destiny for a Triple-A game that was disappointing as hell
considering the money that went into its creation and the hype it was
generating. $500 MILLION, and yet it’s story was borderline criminal and they
admitted about a week ago that most of the end game content (Where they say the
game actually begins ironically enough) is either “Doesn’t work as intended” or
“is actually broken”.
To me piracy is less of a crime and more of an eye opener for both companies
and people, and should be seen as a place to improve. If people are pirating it
means it's either costing them too much to buy, impossible to get a hold of, or
simply too low quality to even warrant spending your hard earned money on. But
it's mostly just old men in the boardrooms these days so out of touch with the
modern world that they only see it as a loss in income and that anyone who is withholding
money from them should be sent straight to jail. That’s why places like Netflix
are doing so well, it's a tiny payment of a few pounds every month and you get
unlimited access to as much TV and Movie stuff as you want, great value for
money and it's accessible for literally everything these days so that's another
point in its court. The only thing holding it back over here in all honesty is
the fact that it's library is woefully under stocked compared to the American
one, if they sort that out them I might re-subscribe, I enjoyed binge watching
some stuff on Netflix while doing work. For anyone who does pirate, it’s a
chance to see if this product is actually worth
spending money on.
Radical view in the eyes of most people I’m sure but I stick by it.
Football and Soaps are huge over here, we have one that has been broadcasting
a couple of times weekly since the 60s, and it's got more than 8450 episodes currently. If you
don't like one or the other you are considered somewhat strange in most people’s
eyes because you are either really into it them or not at all. I don't
like football at all, never been my sport so I don't mix well with the football
fanatics. I think people over here still see anime as a "children’s
show" given that to most it would look similar to the likes of a children’s
cartoon, but most wouldn't even sit down and watch it to see if it's anything
more than that. That's what annoys me more than anything, people who judge
something without giving it a chance. I would never bring up Anime in public
around where I live unless someone else brought it up first, or I was with
friends, just not worth any hassle you might get for it.
For Korra, I think it's because each arc, unlike The Last Airbender, stands
alone for the most part with only the bare minimum of connections to the last
arc to still warrant calling it “The Legend of Korra”. Aangs story felt more
"complete" not to mention it was actually longer anyway. My worry is
that with only 13 episodes to finish this I hope they give it something great
and not something that make people think that they should of had more time to
flesh it out. That’s the problem with shows when they only have 10 or so
episodes to work something out, you have to cut little details that enrich the
story, or entire scenes because it's running too long. Game of Thrones is a
good example of this as it cuts out parts that would really enhance the story
simply because they either don't have the time or don't see the need for them
in the first place.
I just hope they give it a satisfying end and leave it open
for maybe another venture into the Avatar world at a later date, I have been hearing rumours
lately that they might actually close the ending for any possible sequel story,
which is saddening considering the possibility of the universe they have