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Rockstar Games, ignore this: Change.org
Here is my Petition: Change.org
The Petition I am asking for Rockstar Games to ignore is nothing but childish stupidity, setting a bad example for gamers world-wide, and would be a very bad decision on Rockstar Games' behalf if they decided to listen to them. PC Gamers are by-far Rockstar's biggest LOYAL fanbase, who will continue to buy Rockstar games for years to come. I for one never knew a single real gamer who had Vice City on the PS2, but they had it on PC. I also had Vice City on PC. San Andreas was the same.
Not only is the petition in question childish and disrespectful to both Rockstar Games and fellow gamers of all countries and languages, but it is also selfish and bully-like tactics. Behavior like this is what continues to put the Gaming Community down and give Gamers a bad reputation. I realize this will never be stopped, people will always be rude, ignorant and disrespectful. It is human nature.
Truly, the only difference between PC and Console gaming in general is our controls. There are many other details that can be gotten into, such as the expenses. This is highly arguable and no real evidence has ever been given, to my knowledge. Yet we still treat each other as aliens, or as if we're in Civil War. Things like this does not improve our situation as a whole.
Onto the supposed subject of the Petition itself, it states: "So PC Gamers learn their lesson and stop stealing games"
There are many different kinds of Software Pirates, and most of them are not bad. One in which they pirate the game to test out the software, go through the whole thing, than give support to the original developer by donating or buying a copy afterwords.
The only bad pirate is the one that pirates the game with no intention of ever giving back to the developer. Piracy is like the one in question who wrote the other petition, they'll never stop and they can never be stopped. Nothing can be done about it, not raising prices, not lowering prices, not putting things on sale, not giving special codes that can only be used once, not DRM, not even Always Online. All of these things can be gotten around one way or another, and no one will ever know when it's been done until it's too late. Piracy isn't only possible on PC, nor is it the easiest method. Piracy can still be done on the XBox 360, and the PS3. The PS3 is significantly harder, though. As for the XBox, some simple changes in software will allow one to even play pirated games over XBox Live.
Finally, onto how Rockstar Games should react to this. Long story short, they need to just ignore it. They can't punish a large majority of their returning fan base because of some issues with PC. They as well distribute GTA games over Steam and Moddb, some of the best Gaming Communities out there. Rockstar Games shouldn't have to worry, nor do I think they are worrying, about Piracy. They have one of the most loyal fanbases out there. Which is rare these days, because so many developers and publishers are losing fans due to highly stupid decisions. If Rockstar Games were to do this, they'd start heading down that road and lose fans as well.