Abject digital poverty
Posted by Tobold's Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 April 2013, 2:34 am
Oh man, sometimes this blog makes me feel my age. I simply don't understand the entitlement kids of today. In yesterday's thread several people justified video games piracy by games being "too expensive", a "financial burden" on those poor kids, whose abject digital poverty was described in the following terms:
  • "It's a financially burdensome hobby. I mean, for a kid making minimum wage, a copy of Bioshock Infinite is 10 or 12 hours of menial labor. That's your customer base, and these days they don't really need a console, do they? They probably have a laptop, a smartphone, an iPad."
  • "the fact is that a lot of people do not have the best internet connections"
A laptop, a smartphone, an iPad, a sub-optimal internet connection, I didn't have any of these things when I was a kid. And even today I would say that a kid having all this is already a spoiled brat. If in addition to that he has a video game console and gets a game or two for each birthday and Christmas, plus one game for every 10 or 12 hours of lawn-mowing, he should be more than happy. Claiming that this kid is so poor, he is justified to pirate video games is just way out.
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