Obviously, it’s way to early to tell the if Mass Effect 3 is the most pirated game of this year, but I believe this will be true, come year end. Am I missing the mark or am I dead center? You deciede.

2011 had some great games, especially during the holiday season. Most of these games I’m sure we’ve bought and loved. Those that were more devious pirated some of the many great games he had last year. There is the break down of the top 5 pirated PC games.

1. Crysis 2 (3,920,000) (March 2011)
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (3,650,000) (Nov. 2011)
3. Battlefield 3 (3,510,000) (Oct. 2011)
4. FIFA 12 (3,390,000) (Sept. 2011)
5. Portal 2 (3,240,000) (April 2011)  Source

Personally, I’m very surprised that Crysis 2 beat out the likes of the newest COD, although to be fair, Crysis 2 had a longer time to be pirated, launching in March. After seeing the list of pirated titles, I began to think. Why was Crysis 2 pirated soo much? I believe this has to do with EA’s discussion to pull it off of Steam and only make it available on EA’ own digital distribution service, Origin. EA and Steam, as many of you may know, have had a tiff about “DLC issues” allegedly, because of this EA has pulled most of their games off of Steam in protest, Crysis 2 being one of the first games to go, and sparking the start of  the EA/Steam controversy. Fast forward to the end of the year, and behold Crysis 2 is the most pirated game of  2012. Could this have been millions of unhappy PC gamers, giving EA the proverbiall finger nearly 4 million times, for their actions regarding Steam? I think that’s a large part of it .

A super suit couldn't stop piracy of this game

It’s interesting to see that Battlefield 3 is also on the list of top pirated games, which was another “Origin only” PC game.  According to sales figures, Battlefield 3 sold 5 millions copies in the first week with half a million sales coming from PC (source). Assuming PC sales kept with that same pace  when Battlefield 3 hit 10 millions units sold which it eventually did, we can assume Battlefield 3 hit 1 million units on PC.  If this number is a correct estimate the game was pirated 3 times more than it was bought through Origin. Piracy is always going to be a part of PC gaming, but again I think piracy of this game was increased because of EA’s choice to only make the game available on Orgin only. Throwing their proverbial finger to Steam and a larger section of the PC gaming community.

Returning to the title of this article, we know come to Mass Effect 3. Millions of fans the world over has been anticipating the final chapter to the Mass Effect story that has spanned the course of years.  Mass Effect 3 on PC, surprise, is another “Origin only” games. It’s for this reason, and other factors that such as, the game looks awesome and it’s release date, that I believe Mass Effect 3 will be the most pirated game of 2012. Personally, I’ve really enjoyed the Mass Effect games, but I REFUSE to bow to Origin to have to buy my game. Unlike, Kingdoms of Amalur, which was offered on Steam and Origin, EA is pigeon holing PC players to use their system, for their games, which is something I simply won’t do. The great thing about PC gaming is the choices it gives to players, locking users into a 2nd rate service is something I’m not keen on participating in.  I won’t pirate the game, so EA won’t lose their money on me in that regards, but I won’t buy either product either. I’m holding out for a Steam version, but if that never comes, there is always Youtube to see all the endings and choices.

Shepard's greatest threat Reapers or Pirates?

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Curdle_Sanders On March - 13 - 2012

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