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June 11th, 2008, 21:43
Originally Posted by Alrik Fassbauer View Post
Just fopr the record: I don't know how it is elsewhere, but here in Germany PC gaming magazines almost every month have an older PC game on their magazine-disk.

This is also a very cheap way to get games here.

So, I don't see any need to pirate games at all - from the price point.
All needed is patience.

(Which could on the other hand mean that pirates have a notorious lack of patience.)
Believe me, money DOES play a role. There is a lot of empirical evidence which proves that there is a direct correlation between income inequality and piracy rate. Of course you a right: people simply could wait, but then there are other aspects which influence people's behavior. What is quite interesting is that there are several studies that came to the conculsion that software piracy is a middle class crime.
I can recommend "Music Piracy and Crime Theory" by Sameer Hinduja. The book deals indepth with the reasons that motivate people in pirating stuff. There is a lot of psychology involved, things which you would not necessarily, especially not as someone who does not pirate.
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