Piracy as a Scapegoat: How Distributors Play The Blame Game

One of the most oft-cited evils of the internet is how it has encouraged piracy, and hurt people’s ability to profit from their art.

On the one hand, there is truth to this statement. Piracy has grown more and more common as the internet has made sharing media easier and easier. But all too often, it feels like distributors are using piracy as an excuse to avoid having to actually examine how they distribute media, or why people would turn to piracy instead of simply buying the media they wish to consume. This inevitably leads to piracy and those who pirate media being demonized regardless of the overall circumstances.

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Goodbye, Steam

Disclaimer: As of 3/21/16 I have returned to using Steam.

Longtime readers of my blog will no doubt be aware that I am not particularly fond of Steam.

Indeed, I stated in that article that I was sick of Steam and would jump ship to another distributor were another one worth jumping to. Because I owned a large number of Steam games, however, and other distributors didn’t have the same catalog, my hands were tied. Valve had a monopoly on PC gaming, and as someone who primarily played games on PC I was bound to continue using their service.

A lot has happened since April, however.

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