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Gaming in Provincial Russia. Part Two

Hello again!
I am continuing to discuss the topic of gaming in provincial Russia that Ive started in my previous blog. Now that weve learned that gamers here suffer from different forms of prejudice and social disdain, as well as difficulties in tracking and acquiring games they might like, its time to move on to the most controversial but inevitable topic.

Problem Three. Piracy
There is a rather popular historical anecdote that can serve as a sort of epigraph here. When Nikolay Karamzin, a prominent 19th Century Russian historiographer, was visiting Paris, he met a group of Russians there who had been living abroad for some time. Naturally, they asked Karamzin to describe in a few words what was going on in their homeland. But the guest did not need many words anyway; Stealing was his answer.

You see, when you buy a brand-new, fully priced game you take risks. Risks that the game you buy disappoints you, that you get not exactly what you expected, or that it is plain broken. And the more you paid for the game the bigger is your frustration, right? Now imagine you have been saving money for a couple of months to buy the new installment in a franchise you really like and its total crap (a story from my personal experience BTW). Imagine youve done it twice (true story still). Will you still blindly buy anything you anticipate? And what about brand new titles? The risks have just gone up.
Demos could be a solution to this, but we all know the final game can turn up something different. Besides, in Russia demos are rather unpopular due to the fact that they are never translated into Russian, making it harder for the majority of gamers here. The translations themselves are a different issue though and I will certainly discuss them, too.
That is why quite a large number of gamers (myself included) use pirated games to get a glimpse of what they actually are and then proceed to buy the ones they liked, resulting in more purchases then would have been made without their trying first. Because of the risks, see? But unfortunately the gamers who follow this scheme are still in the minority although, as far as I can see, now their numbers are slowly but steadily growing.

And another major issue that often makes me think piracy is an option is the quality (or lack thereof) of the Russian localizations. But I think Ill discuss it separately, in Part Three of this blog.

Thanks to everyone who read it to the end! ;)
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About Tonichone of us since 12:03 AM on 05.06.2013

Hi everyone!

Please, call me Tonich. That's what everyone calls me. I live in Nizhniy Novgorod - a pretty large and picturesque city in Central Russia (yep, that's it on the header image).

Currently at the age 30, I am a taught historian, reluctant archivist, occasional tour guide and aspiring composer/musician. I write songs, play guitar and sing (badly) for the art rock act The Heckfish. Oh, and I also play videogames. :)

My gaming habits started with the NES era, and my favourite consoles are Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and PlayStation 2. I'm more of a PC player currently, so why don't you check out my Steam Page?

You can also listen to my music here.

I have been blogging here on Destructoid since spring 2014. Here's a selection of my blogs you can read if you'd like to know me better:

My "Gamer in Provincial Russia" trilogy:
Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Ten Things About Me

My Top 10 Games List

My call to arms online playing

A musical gift just for you. Yes, I mean you, silly