Is a Multi-Platform Release an Excuse for Piracy?

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In today's bootleg edition of Speak Up on Kotaku, commenter Mellowguy wants to know if downloading an illegal copy of a PC game is okay if you already own the console version. What's your take?

The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim comes out in only about five weeks now. I'm getting it for the 360- my computer is great but I don't want to have to worry about balancing the graphics with frames per second. However, I was thinking of downloading Skyrim illicitly after I buy my 360 copy. My reasoning is so: I bought the game — what could be wrong with playing my game on a different system? It's just like playing Skyrim on a different 360, except that it's my computer.

So I suppose what I'm wondering is, does anyone else use this reasoning? Am I actually stealing the game because I'm only allowed to use the version I purchased?


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No, no it isn't.

Here's a better solution: build a non-shit PC (this costs almost nothing, really, especially if you use it for work too), and enjoy a superior experience to the console versions right out of the gate, then later with far superior performance and great mods.

You're also giving publishers more fuel for draconian DRM. Don't be that guy.