Actually personal backups are legal in the USA as long as you don't break any encryption that is used on the disc. PS3 games don't use any encryption to prevent you from copying the contents of the disc but not every Blu-Ray drive can read a PS3 game disc.
You must destroy the backup if you no longer have the original in your possession.
The only time I ever needed to download a PS3 game was because the fix to play the game on 3.55 wasn't based on the USA version of the game, which I had.
I too kept my original PS3 at 3.15 in hopes that Sony would be forced to bring back OtherOS since they lied about not removing it in the first place. That PS3 is still at 3.15.
I have a collection of PS2 games I'd like to play on the PS3.
It's just unfortunate that the majority of True Blue user use it to pirate PS3 games. The other unfortunate thing is that most people who pirate would have never bought the originals in the first place.
In regards to people lying and getting caught. My father always told me, "Either always tell the true or you better have a damn good memory." Most liars can never remember what their lie was. This is why I don't lie, my memory sucks.
I have found that Sony is treating its customer as pirates which reminds of another saying I've heard, "Treat your customers as customers and you get more customers. Treat your customers as pirates and you get more pirates.".
What was Sony's claim about removing OtherOS? It posed a security issue that allowed people to pirate PS3 games. Now who's lying?
EDIT: What's funny is that Pirates in a way don't hurt the gaming industry as most pirates will have never bought the game to begin with so Sony/Microsoft/Nintendo wouldn't have made any money on them anyway. It's when those companies start adding annoying DRM that customers will start looking for ways around it and then they discover that they can get their games for free. This is the problem we face. If companies stop adding intrusive DRM and anti-piarcy technologies maybe people will stop discovering that they can't get their games for free. Let's face it, pirates don't care about any DRM as they will always find a way around it. It ultimately hurts the paying customers. Right now, I am fighting with Sony because they won't let me download any of my PAID PS3 DLC as they say I have activated my console too many times (A COMPLETE LIE). I have only ever activated that PS3 ONCE and yet they impose this ridiculous 7-day ban on my console.
Most people want the TB cracked so they can get the new games for free without having to buy anything (aka kids without jobs hence no money). Don't be fooled by the little kids here that argue about not condoning piracy and all that crap. There are some that legitimately don't condone it but most people here are just using that as a cover, some of the excuses that have been used over the time have been laughable.
I agree with you 100%. The problem is it's getting harder and harder to distinguish them apart.
Originally Posted by Bodom87
I want to see True Blue get cracked because I've spent enough money on games I can't play on 3.55. For those who don't believe me I'll be more than happy to upload scans of my GameStop receipts.
I would to say that probably 99% of the population has pirated/stole one thing or another. Look at Steve Jobs, he hacked the phone company to get free phone service. Now look at him, he's a legend.
Pirates will be pirates. They do not hurt the game industry as much as they want us to believe as true pirates would have never bought those games to begin with. It's when companies start putting intrusive anti-piracy crap in games that paying customers get annoyed and look for way to bypass it that they then discover that they can get these games DRM free for free. That is what's hurting the industry. That and the constant influx of lousy games or companies that release the same game every year with little improvement or more feature and better gameplay (look at Guitar Hero). Companies that want to blame pirates should take a good look at themselves. Look at Spore. It was a great game but EA turned it into a nightmare for users. Pirates didn't care because they bypassed the DRM. As a result, EA turned many paying customers into pirates.
Now companies are trying to convince us that second hand games are worse than piracy. Now you have console games that come with these lousy online passcodes that you have to enter if you want to play online. This hurts families where siblings share games as now only ONE person can play it online and the other person has to buy another pass to play online. Now stores like GameStop can't sell the used games for as much as they normally do since the user also has to purchase an online pass to play online.
They are even cracking down on second hand computer games where they lock the product key to a user and it can't be transferred and you are forced to sign up for some sort of account if you want to play at all.
Every version of Windows from XP to 7 has been cracked to bypass activation.
If there is something I want, I buy it. When it comes to games, I support developers who make great games. They deserve to get paid for them.
The DMCA of the USA is over 12 years old and was made for a different time. It's time to bring to the modern world and force companies to stop putting intrusive crap into the games we paid for.
Well Idk about others but I actually DO promote and condone piracy (TO A CERTAIN EXTENT)
Not going to lie I was like that and I still am but hey most people reasons for jailbreaking something (Iphone/Xbox/Wii/Ps3) is basically to pirate stuff off of it. (No secret) Hell 95% of users on this site do it.
BUT lately I've been buying my games for the multilayer @ccfman2004 not true neither because I work and if the game doesn't really have a strong multiplayer (something like COD or Max Payne 3) 9/10 times I WILL pirate the game even if I do have the money to buy it. I mean why spend 60 bucks on a game if I don't have to. If I do spend it the game gotta have HEAVY ONLINE that would last me for months. I REFUSE to buy a game that I beat under 12 hours (with no online)
From a pirates POV: It's easy and convenient shit I got more important things to do with my money than spend on games like car insurance/clothes/shoes and etc..etc.. BUT on average I do buy a 1-2 new games each month OR 3 used games for the price of 60 bucks so either way Sony is still getting my money. But I haven't pirated nothing in a while (ps3 related) in maybe 2months or 3?
No Lie OFW is wayy better than CFW (by light years) because the games I buy always get extended DLC for them to make the game last longer. CFW gets really boring I mean free games are nice but.... I am more of an Online guy
I am the complete opposite. I prefer single player mode. I don't like multiplay as I always seem to attract the idiots that complain when you play the game the way it was designed. I'll get cursed out when I kill someone. I don't need that. I'll use a sniper rifle the way you're supposed to and I'll get messages telling me I'm suppose to "quick-scope". Ask any real life sniper and they will all tell you the same thing, "It's a game of patience". I want to have fun but there are too many people who take the game way too seriously and it ruins it for me. I like a game like Borderlands as there is only co-op and no competitiveness. Then you have the group that feels the need to cheat online which ruins the game for everyone. Then you have people who exploit glitches in the game. Then there's people who only go for kills and don't bother with the objective. Then there's teammate killers. The list goes on. I just want to have fun but most of the time multiplayer only adds stress and I have enough of that in the real world. Until people grow up I refuse to play multiplayer.
Right now OFW isn't any better than CFW as Sony won't let me download any of my purchased content right now.
Also Sony only gets money on new games. They get no money of secondhand game sales.
The only games I buy for PS3 anyway are the PS3 exclusives like Ratchet and Clank and Gran Turismo. All other games I buy for the 360.
There are plenty if single player games that have high replay value like Ratchet and Clank. I have old games that I still play because I enjoy them. I still get the urge to play some Luigi's Mansion or Spyro the dragon even though I've beaten those game many times. Take a game like Spyro the Dragon for PSX. I have beaten that game 100% in less than 5 hours, I even used a VCR and taped my gameplay. I still go back to it because I enjoy playing it. I used to break out the NES and play some Super Mario Bros. 3. That game is quick to finish but I still enjoy it.
I don't buy a game based on how long it takes me to beat it, I buy it simply to enjoy it now and for years to come.
Are there games I regret buying? Sure. Have I bought games that make me scratch my head thinking "What were they thinking?" Sure. Generally, if I'm not sure about a game, I wait and buy it used from GameStop so I can return it if I don't like it. Have I been surprised, in a good way, about a game. Sure. I bought Borderlands used as I didn't know if I'd like it as it was a new concept and I am glad I bought it. I even bought the Game of the Year edition to show my support to the devs.
There are games I stay away from based on genre from past experiences.
The only time I would ever condone piracy is in a case where there is a game or music that simply cannot be purchased in my country and it cannot be imported but that's rare. It's not that I want to pirate it, I'm being forced to because of where I live.