Just gonna say 0D0 that I read the first line of your 2 posts and disagree with that so much because it's not true that I figured if that's your starting point it was probably going to go down from there.
Some people feel incredibly strong on this point and I will just point out again just if anyone reads my posts and thinks I'm a fucker that never buys games, in the last 2 years since the Switch launched I have bought around 230 titles for it, math suggests that's a game purchased every 3 days so aye just putting it out there that I've no issues whatsoever with paying for games I also have zero issues in not doing that. I would just say if you do love a game a lot and think it should get more money, recommend it to your friends, there have been a lot of times where I would play some small title and end up pushing it on mates to at least try it out and have them then go on to get it for themselves.
Wait I lied! I seen the end line too... about GTAV not selling so we won't get a sixth title.
the same GTAV which has sold 110 million units and has recurrent user.... micro transactions up the wall to the point where T2 are probably richer than most countries from that game alone. Well okay champ! For the record I have that game 3x as it is fantastic and was a feat of what was possible on the ps3/60 era hardware as well as a beautiful game to get lost in on the ps4.
don't worry, i've never assumed you're a serial pirate gangsta. we're just gentlemen discussing ideas here.
server not found server not found.... dear me that's gotten old fast I'm going to guess you mean your version of the thread which tracks the games but also the first party ones, I would have a horrific ratio on that since there isn't that many first party titles it would be something like 220 : 10 split in terms of 3rd to first party.
Some games I play I will say... are trash lol, I bought Phantaruk (don't quote) a while back and think I got at most 20 mins outta it, Perception imo was so bad that I felt it would insult someone who has issues with their vision as its depiction of the condition is so terrible I felt bad playing it, not just because it was a bad game but that I had funded someone for making an insult. Then there is some games I play like Jumping Joe and friends where it's a very simple 2 button game which myself and a bunch of mates played for wayyyyyy too long on my projector trying to best each others scores in it, so I do buy tons of games but finding the occasional Gem is worth it imo.
I get server not found here on vgc 10 times a day
I read over the rest of your post and I get what you mean of course if everyone downloaded a game it would be tragic for the creators of said thing, but really when you got the big games making billions upon billions that isn't anywhere near happening, they put in mountains of drm to try to stop piracy but that got broken fairly fast so what is done now is creating a game which is always somewhat online, even if it doesn't really have a need to be, there has to be a good balance found I think so that the actual customer isn't getting fucked over too much so that they think fuck it Imma just pirate that instead. One for me where I done that was SF5, picked the game up only to find that what is in the box is around 3/4's of the full game at launch, then season 2-3 roll around and the base game is a fraction of the complete title anymore with pay walls on characters, stages and costumes up the walls. that sort of thing 100% will send me to pirate bay or w/e to get a "Complete" version of the game.
I'm even put off by games having the different versions to start with, seen Guacamelee 2 was on the switch on sale for 13e coool that doesn't sound back, clicked into it.... but hey.... there's Guacamelee 2 "the full game" for just another 2-3e why not buy that? so yeah it creates a conflict for me where a product is pulling a customer between different versions of the same game and honestly most of the time when I see those I opt to not buy at all.
I dunno maybe I just find myself in a place where getting games means I don't feel I need to stick to one store or even a store if the devs want to be shitty, I have the ps4/Switch and 2 fairly decent gaming PC's in the current gen that I'm not locked into a situation where something runs shit on the Switch or where some version of a title might have always online or horrifying DRM at play, neither of my consoles are currently modded to allow playing of homebrew or pirated games but my ISP is very lax on such things here and my PCs (Ryzen 7 1700, 16GB DDR4 3000mhz, 980TI, or Ryzen 5 2600, 16GB 2400mhz, 780TI) are more than capable of playing any title that I want to skip out on purchasing each individual costume for a fighter or where the game has a point in it which has options of don't play it or wave a Credit card at it, that's the point where I just wave piracy and a middle finger at the game and honestly I don't think I've felt bad once in doing so.
Felt bad cos someone gave me the files to put Downwell on my Vita for Free! That game was amazing and costs just 2.99 so after a few runs of it I bought it on the Vita and been meaning to give them another 3 quid on the Switch. Would highly recommend that game as a great on portable time waster... really is amazing by digital devolver!