Ethical Aspects of Torrents

3523 WordsJan 26, 201814 Pages
The ethical issues surrounding free video games are the same, with game developers and publishers claiming that game torrents are taking money out of their hands and the hands of their staff. Games are widely available for purchase and once purchased become property of the gamer. A game can range in price from a few dollars to around 60 dollars for AAA games (Games created by large companies on massive budgets). Video games are also almost exclusively downloaded through torrents as game files are usually very large and directly downloading can be cumbersome and time consuming. This is all very straightforward, but what happens if the user misplaces or loses the game disc? Since the game is already that person’s property, would there be harm in downloading another game for free? The game developers say no, and that the game would have to be purchased once more. Many gamers, on the other hand, believe that they are entitled to a free download as they have already purchased the game once and the manufacturer will not be losing any revenue. This debate has been around for the last decades and as of late some developers (mostly indie) have started exclusively selling their product as a downloadable file. Sites like Steam and GOG.com provide the customer with a code after purchase that allows many, and sometimes unlimited, downloads. Video game piracy is not exclusive to computer games. Game consoles like the XBOX 360 and the PlayStation 3 can be “hacked” or altered to allow
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