The end of the year brings tons of rankings, including one of the most pirated games via bit torrent technology. As is customary, the figures get stern looks from the mainstream gaming press and even the more critical bloggers rarely dare, or care, to go too much in-depth on this thorny issue.
Over at Destructoid, Jonathan Holmes bemoans that hardcore gems on the Wii, such as Red Steel 2, have been pirated more than they sold and blames piracy for that particular franchise’s demise.
Despite what piracy’s detractors claim, people can have various reasons to download games illegally, other than simply being evil. People who download one game may have a different motivation for doing so than people who download another title. Even people who download the same game may have different reasons for doing it. I think all those reasons need to be talked about, because piracy is an issue with great implications for the industry. However, for now, let’s focus on the case of Red Steel 2. I’d like to offer one reason why people may want to pirate that game.