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  1. When we think of Visual Novels, we mostly think of it as another story telling genre. The writing is what often gets the most attention. The soundtrack, computer graphics and sprites are here illustrate the story. What if it was the opposite. Would you imagine a Visual Novel being a Visual or/and Musical experience rather than a simple way to narrate ? This is something I've been thinking about a lot lately and which was a result of my disapointment in the artwork quality and the musical quality in Visual Novels. They act as good - sometimes really good - emotionnal catalysts when paired up with the scenario but fail to shine on an individual level. Unless you like traditionnal anime music or what I'll call japanese music overall, it's a little unlikely that any of the tracks of a Visual Novel will find it's place in your music folder. It's not called background music for no reason. Most VN's illustrators (with a few exceptions, such as Huke) do not have a real artistic identity and are pretty much standard manga drawers who gained fame because they could draw moe or hentai in a slightly different maner. This may have to do with what are currently Visual Novels, the way they evolved and their roots (Nukige and Eroge). But if we think of the genre as a mean of expression more than anything else, focus only on its properties and the way we could use them, could it be possible to acheive something ? What I'm trying to do, is to think upside down. It may not even be a Visual Novel in the end, but that doesn't have a clear definition anyway. I personally want to believe that this is possible even if I doubt such a thing will ever happen. I would love to one day play a VN and be genuinely impressed. Not because an ending made me sad, nor because a twist surprised me, but because it would be an experience to read through, to watch and to listen at. I don't think such a thing exists, I would be extremely pleasantly surprised if it did. Would that be something you would be interested in ? Do you think focusing primarily on something other than the plot, or using the writting in a different maner could create something worth checking out ? What are your feelings about the current state of Visual Novels ? and how would you like to see them evolve as they slowly grow outside of Japan ?
  2. if any of you uses Grooveshark or spotify i'd like a link, i know i know more music on fuwa like we need that but let me tell you i love everything about music, music for me is a way to show everyone who i am, that's why i like music so if anyone uses either one send me a link either here or as a PM to me, but i'd like it if everyone could share it here and if you don't use grooveshark or spotify i'd tell you too get on that shit making a playlist is a lot of fun. With that said here are my links http://grooveshark.com/#!/playlist/Foggy+s+Random+Handy+HopHip+Yeah+I+m+Hip/102968700 http://grooveshark.com/#!/playlist/Foggy+s+Random+Handy+ChipBitt/102746572 http://grooveshark.com/#!/playlist/Foggy+s+Random+Handy/102743815 http://grooveshark.com/#!/playlist/Foggy+s+Aesop+All+Day/102973540
  3. Christmas Music Topic

    So, as of today we have 50 days until Christmas! Anyone else excited? No? Just me? O.K. then. Regardless, this is the place to post all your favorite holidays tunes (classics, video games music, anything). As long as it's remotely wintery it's fine. So let's start with one of my personal favorites: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9o2XCIQfo4
  4. K - POP Fuwa fans

    Fuwanovel K - POP Thread This thread is for discussing anything and everything K-Pop related. Share your favorite songs, bands, band members, etc. It is also for attracting new K-Pop fans and seeing how many there are on Fuwa if any already. If you want to get into it but don't know where to start it would be cool if this thread could help ヽ(⌐■_■)ノ♪♬ What is mostly posted are songs/MV's. That doesn't mean you can't post anything else! They are just a good way to share songs Below are links to various youtube channels and websites for new music videos, news, etc. Allkpop a news/social site regarding anything Korean pop culture. YG Entertainment is an agency who hosts some of the biggest K-Pop stars worldwide and my personal favorites. Here is there youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQi67q4kGdmnJaRzX81uK5g 1TheK "World Wide K-Pop Channel" Is another record label which I use frequently. CJENMUSIC Official was formerly named Mnet media and is a record label. Here is the link for there youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_pwIXKXNm5KGhdEVzmY60A SM Entertainment a huge agency who hosts some of the bigger K-Pop groups. Here is the link for there youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEf_Bc-KVd7onSeifS3py9g YMCent is another record label. Here is there youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKCi-iImgz7O-s-vOVgVxsg HILITE Records is a record label which focuses on the Korean rap scene. Here is there youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQbmDuGdJLrqKaMbFxlPAZA Koreaboo another news/social site regarding Korean pop culture. Soompi another news/social site regarding Korean pop culture. JYP Entertainment a South Korean entertainment company that has multiple K groups/artists. Here is the youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaO6TYtlC8U5ttz62hTrZgg I will be updating this list as time goes on. These are just the places I frequently use. If you use something different let me know and I can add it to this list. Note: As I cannot read Korean I will refer to some companies that I do not know what they exactly do as simply a record label. If you want to get the social sites for the links above it should be on the youtube channel or the official site. If its to much work to get to the social sites via the youtube channel I can post them here later. I can also post the wiki links if people want more information regarding the companies or groups. If anyone notices any information I have gotten wrong or broken links please let me know so i can get it straight. If requested or when I have some time I can also make a list of the more known groups. That may not be needed though as they will probably be posted down below. P.S Most of what I post will be K Hip Hop! So if you want more diversity post what you like <3 MUSIC CHARTS Soompi's weekly music chart - September Week 3 Korean Radio Station Seoul.FM http://www.seoul.fm/ ^ more will be added in the future.
  5. I was just wondering if anyone else likes this style of music as much as I do. I've always liked when songs get a Jazz remix and found it to be one of the most relaxing types of music. I would honestly say that I like Ragtime best though, can't beat that piano. I've always considered the 1920s-40s my favorite time in American History as well. Here's a few of my favorites: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCToGv-lO7c https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhyhP_5VfKM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTX-0t9GLkY (Boardwalk Empire does great remixes BTW) So does anyone else like this style of music or the time period?
  6. Vocal Music

    Hi, just wanted to try a poll. Also if you're gonna post media, please hide them behind a spoiler. Thanks Edit: Ah, thanks Funnerific, I thought each poll was standalone. I've changed it so that the last two can have multiple answers and also added a third [n/a] option. It's not exhaustive, but a few questions I had when making this poll: Are vocals important to you in music (the ones with lyrics - e.g. no just "lalala")? Why? Is it just me or do male groups (boy bands) have (relatively) more staying power and popularity than female groups? If so, why is that? Have you ever heard a song that really picked you up when you hit rock bottom? Was it the entire song or just a verse? Do you sing aloud when you're alone? Does vocal music "speak" to you? Does it work better than a book or poetry for you?
  7. Thanks to @Rin Tohsaka for the suggsestion. Here are some links to the non fucked up version of the thread. Reminder : If you want to help expand this thread or format it feel free to do so. I am not active anymore so please contact moderators. __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ Long time idea. If for whatever reason you need some data from a game, would it be music, sprites, CG's and if like me you SUCK with computers, well worry no more because I have the solution for you. How is this thread going to work ? - All the info is going to be centered in the two first posts, first one will be File types, second one will be Versatile tools. - I'm going to explain the process to extract for each file type. If you don't know what type a VN uses, look into your game file dummy! - However, some applications were specificly made to extract files from some Visual Novels in particular. If that is the case it will be specified. - Contributions are highly appriciated. Either PM me with the extraction process thoughfully explained or post in this thread with the same kind of format that I will use. - If ever you extract files from a game which wasn't verified or not listed with one of these methods, please report it and tell us what was is in each file. Thank you. I am not a coder, none of these applications are mine. The sole purpose of the thread it to regroup the scatered information you may hardly find online. PM me if there is a link problem. _____________________________________________________________________ .xp3 Files Fate Stay/NightVerified File Types Sharin no Kuni, Hinawari no ShoujoVerified Kara No ShoujoTo be Verified Warning : If extracting "Fate Stay/Night" add "game=FSN" in Param unless you want the .tgl files xp3tools Method Open your command prompt and type Press Enter, It should change what is on the left side of the > cd D:/VNs/WorldEconomica Now we want to unpack. Type : Here is what we type with the previous example. kikikiri.exe -i file.xp3 -o I/Want/to/extract/here Press Enter. You should find the extracted file in the folder you specified after the -o Thanks to Zakamutt for this one Source,Source xp3Viewer Method Source Swan Song Verified Download xp3viewer here. Extract the zip on your desktop (for convienience reasons) Then drag the game's executable onto xp3viewer and do as illustrated bellow : Then click on Set Output Directory and go where you want to extract your xp3 file. Files will then get extracted. Thanks to Blizzard884 for this .rpa Files .int Files Downlad exkifint.zip by Clicking here Create a folder where you want to extract your folder Copy the .int file you want to extract in the said folder. Now right click on it : Open with > chose the default program > get exkifint_v2.exe Whether you use v1, v2 or v3 doesn't seem to have any logic. For me v2 works but v3 doesn't. Now you just have to wait and be patient for the extracting to end. If you extracted Image.int : Okay you are allowed to cry for a second. Now the files in all that mess which interest us are the .hg3 files ! Create a new folder in which you will copy/cut all of these. Unless you want to decompress everything (good luck son) here are a few things about the way they are sorted. Right click the file of the group of files selected > Open with > chose hgx2bmp.exe This will create .bmp files which are bitmap files. See the .bmp filessection to see how to open them. Source,Source Being edited .arc Files Works with : data02000.arc : sprites and other in-game images, like from lewdy scenes and whatnot data02999.arc : some .bmv files. I don't know what these are. data03000.arc : sounds effects data.04000.arc : voice tracks data.05000.arc : soundtrack sysgrp.arc : Images used for the menus and interface sysprg.arc : ._bp files, I don't know what these are. syssnd.arc : two audio files, the mouse click sounds for menus system.arc : ipl._bp, launcher._bp, VeraMoBd._ft Da CapoVerified data02000.arc : Sprites, Background images, Menu images, Cg's and Images in general. data03000.arc : sounds effects data.04000.arc : voice tracks data.05000.arc : soundtrack sysgrp.arc : Images used for the menus and interface sysprg.arc : ._bp files, I don't know what these are. syssnd.arc : two audio files, the mouse click sounds for menus system.arc : ipl._bp, launcher._bp, VeraMoBd._ft If my heart had wings Verified exoozoarc method Hoka no Onna no Ko to H wo Shiteiru Ore wo Mite Koufun Suru KanojoTo be Verified If my heath had wings FLIGHT DIARYTo be Verified Yobai Suru Shichinn no harameTo be Verified Ouja-sama wa gokigen NanameTo be Verified Omae no Onna o NetotteyaruTo be Verified Cocoro@Function! Verified SysVoice.arc : all other voice clips (menus and stuff) SysGraphic.arc : Images used for menus and interface Se.arc : sound effects Script.arc : .lua files Rio.arc : .ws2 files GRAPHIC.arc : character sprites Effect.arc : .fx files Bgm.arc : soundtrack CHIP1 : background images CHIP2.arc : some images with Bell, Taiyou CHIP3A.arc : images with Asagao (some lewd) CHIP3B.arc : images from lewdy scenes involving Asagao CHIP4A.arc : images with Hijiri (some lewd) CHIP4B.arc : images from lewdy scenes involving Hijiri CHIP5A.arc : images with Mina CHIP5B.arc, CHIP5C.arc - images from lewdy scenes involving Mina CHIP6A.arc : images with Ibuki, Mebae CHIP6B.arc, CHIP6C.arc, CHIP6D.arc : images from lewdy scenes involving Ibuki, Mebae CHIP7.arc : images used for visual effects Download exoozoarc.zip here And open the .arc files with exoozoarc.exe. (Or drag and drop the file on exoozoarc.exe) YU-NO Download Yuno_arctools.zip and Yuno_gp8tools.zipnot the latest version. You will need a version of Python 3.x Unzip them where you want in C:\ For example I unzipped in : C:\Users\sacha\Downlaods\Vn dumpard\YU-NO\Arc YU-NO Open your command prompt. Type and press enter cd C:\Users\Sacha\Downloads\Vn dumpyard\YU-NO\Arc YU-NO My ARC files are in C:\Progammes\Classics\YUNO and I want to unpack BG.ARC in the directory C:\Here for example Type This will create a folder named "Here" in which you'll find the extracted data arcunpack.py "C:\Programmes\Classics\YUNO\BG.ARC" "C:\Here" GP8 Files : What you get from extracting BG.ARC are GP8 files. We can't do much with that so we want to turn them into BMP files. Download Yuno_gp8tools.zip which is linked at the beginning of the spoiler tag. I unzipped it in C:\Users\sacha\Downlaods\Vn dumpard\YU-NO\GP8 YU-NO All my GP8 files are in C:\Users\sacha\Downlaods\Vn dumpard\YU-NO\YUNO BG Open command prompt and type And press enter cd C:\Users\sacha\Downlaods\Vn dumpard\YU-NO\GP8 YU-NO and then type In C:\here you will find all the BMP images. gp82bmp.py "C:\Users\sacha\Downlaods\Vn dumpard\YU-NO\YUNO BG" "C:\here" For more info, read the readme included in the archives. nscript.dat and arc*.nsa Files -Umineko no Naku Koro ni (PS3 sprites) Does Not Work Script extraction: 1) Download NSDec here, extract it 2) Go to the repertory of your VN, find the file named "nscript.dat" 3) Copy it into the NSDec repertory 4) Run NSDEC.exe You will get a result.txt text file with the script of the whole game. (It takes some time obviously) Resources extraction (sprites, CGs, etc): 1) Download NSAout here, extract it 2) Copy the "nsaout.exe" you just unrar'd into you VN repertory (the one where the arc*.nsa files are) 3) Run nsaout.exe You will get an "arc" folder with everything in it. Thanks to Down for this one. .pak Files Dear Pianissimo To Be Verified Angelic Serenade Te Be Verified Download Kogado_pak_amlist.zip here Inside there is a PakDecomp.zip, unzip it at the location where you want your file extracted. Place the .pak next to the PakDecomp.exe (Copy/Paste it) Then run PakDecomp.exe and click the first button as illustrated bellow The .pak will be extracted in the said folder. Tadaaaa! Thanks to The Major for this arc_conv Method, see "Verstaile tools" at the bottom of the post data : visual effects, and some buttons scripts : .nps script files which you can open with Notepad++ sound : sound effects and music system : stuff which makes the game work .bmp Files AnimED method .npa Files Steins;Gate Does not work nss.npa - a bunch of .nss files. I don't know what these are. sound.npa - all sound effects and music voice.npa - all voice tracks system.npa - system.ini Supported games Place nipa.exe in the same folder as the .npa files you want to extract data from Open command prompt, then change directory to where you have the .npa files and nipa.exe example Then in command prompt, type nipa -x filename.npa cd "c:\Users\username\Desktop\Saya no Uta" example This can eventually work. If it doesn't. nipa -x sound.npa Check if your game is in the Supported Games list above If it is the case type : This will extract the contents of sound.npa into a new folder named "sound" nipa -xg file.npa code Thanks to The Major for this one. Source Steins;gate Japanese version .bin Files Warning : If you get any trouble regarding a missing zlib1.dll file. Simply download the file or copy/paste an existing one into the same folder as exfavbin (Thank you Raphael512 graph_bs : character sprites graph : Background images, menu images, dates, and all kinds of sprites. etc : random junk bgm : Background music se_env : ambiance/environnement soud effects se_sys : system sound effects se : sound effects voice : Character voices voice2 : menu/intro voices Crass Method, see "Verstaile tools" at the bottom of the post Works with : Irotoridori no Sekai Verified graph_bs : character sprites graph : Background images, menu images, dates, and all kinds of sprites. etc : random junk bgm : Background music se_env : ambiance/environnement soud effects se_sys : system sound effects se : sound effects voice : Character voices voice2 : menu/intro voices QuickBMS Let say we extracted it in C:/QuickBMS for example Download QuickBMS.zip from [url=http://aluigi.altervista.org/quickbms.htm]http://aluigi.alterv...rg/quickbms.htm]here and extract it to the same folder. Open command prompt and type Enter, this will change what is on the left of > cd c:/QuickBMS Then enter the following command (replace H:/ with the letter of your DVD-ROM drive) Result : quickbms.exe _princess_mightmare_extract-tag.bms H:/ Script files are *.AS which is plain text *.PRS are compressed data, typically expanding into either *.TM2 (TIM2 playstation image) or *.TEX (collection of TIM2 images). You may extract a .PRS file using the second bundled bms script by typing in command prompt : You will obtain "CHR041.PRS.unpacked" which should actually be renamed as "CHR041.TM2" quickbms.exe _princess_nightmare_prs_unpacking.bms CHR041.PRS Use the _convert_tm2.cmd batchfile to convert .TM2 files into .PNG. It relies on the official GimConv tool for this and you may repack the other way with this same tool and an adequate set of commandline switches. All credit goes to Nanashi3 from whom I mostly copy pasted the work. .nwa Files .G00 Files Planetarian To be verified .ks Files .rpd Files .dat Files The extracted files are .mwv and .mpg files. Cocoro@function Download, unzip, and run ExtractData File > Open File, then find and select your .dat file to be extracted A warning will pop up saying that is is not supported, click "Yes" and it should work. Extract > Extract All, then choose where you want the files to be extracted to Click OK and wait for files to be extracted. Props to TheMajor for this one AnimED method KID Games Will extract .cps files. You can turn them into png or bmp thanks to AnimED's Image tool bgm.dat : background music Will extract .waf files. You can turn them into .wav thanks to AnimED's Audio tool Use batch conversion and chose the file in which the .waf files are. chara.dat : sprites resume.dat : ??? saver.dat : screen savers (.scr files) script.dat : .scr script files. NOT SCREEN SAVERS Use the E17 SCR Tool if you want to mess with it. It's fairly easy to use. se.dat : sound effects Will extract .waf files. You can turn them into.wav thanks to AnimED's Audio tool Use batch conversion and chose the file in which the waf files are. system.dat : Menu images sysvoice.dat : .wav menu sounds. voice.dat : Voice acting Will extract .waf files. You can turn them into .wav thanks to AnimED's Audio tool Use batch conversion and chose the file in which the waf files are. wallpaper.dat : No idea what this is about. Strange .jpg CG's. Never7 To be Verified Remember11 To be Verified AnimED method, see "Verstaile tools" at the bottom of the post .pd Files .noa Files Crass method, see "Verstaile tools" at the bottom of the post Once the .noa files are extracted you will get .eri files. They can be opened using Xnview. You can downlaod it here. (Full version) .afd & .alf Files Data2 : CG events Data3 : BGM Data4 : Voice files Data5 : Movies/Attack animations. Basiclly, what we want is in the DATAX.AFD files. And we are going to extract Everything. Download this Extract it so that all these files are with/next to the DATA files and the .exe. Long story short : exs4alf unpacks ALF files, agf2bmp turns AGF files into BMP images. The "Unpack Data Files" are batch commands that will allow you to convert everything at once \o/. Click on Unpack Data Files.bat and wait until the command prompt disappears (If it's still there but not doing anything, it still is, trust me) 5 new folders will appear : Data 3/4/5 have formats which shouldn't be a problem to open. Data 1-2 however partly contain AFD files, which are images/CG's/sprites. In order to extract them copy/paste these (all the tools) into the DATA1 (Or DATA2) folder : They aren't all necessary, but meh. Then run Unpack Data1 Images.bat (Or Unpack Data2 Images.bat) This should create BMP files. To open or make modification to those, see the .bmp Files section. If you want to repack BMP files into AFD just save as Name.afd and it's done (Be careful not to mess with the alpha channel if you actually want to make modifictations to the game) Source,Source Credit goes to asmodean for the tools and Aroduc for the batch commands. .gxp Files .rio Files Muv-luv Alternative Verified Download riox-1.2.143.810 right here (Click on "Current version") Extract it where you want Launch RioX.exe then browse right to to "Extract from" and choose the .rio file you want to extract. You can also chose what you want to extract : CG and Backgrounds/Sprites/Text If you extract everything, you better be patient, cause it can take about an hour for decent computers to extract it all. Then click on Extract and wait for the magic to happen. .ald & .alk & .alm Files .ain Files Download this Extract it where you want. Copy your .ain file into the "old" folder run get.bat, the .txt file wit be in the new txt directory. (get_crass for older games) For more info read the very simple "read me.txt" file. Source arc_conv Method, see "Verstaile tools" at the bottom of the post .rct & .rc8 Files .nds Files .sar Files _____________________________________________________________________
  8. Hey guys and girls let's have a great time!! Come and talk with each other! Yoroshiku onegaishimasu! B)
  9. Well seeing as Radio Nao is never on, I think its my time to shine. I'll be streaming music almost constantly, so come check me out. My streams will be open to suggestions and if you don't suggest I'll play what I want. Join me at: http://grooveshark.com/#!/digitalrhythem/broadcast
  10. While listening to Radio Nao, (http://www.twitch.tv/naomi955) I just realized how small my music pool is, only really finding songs from Visual Novels that I've read. That being said, this is just a quick question asking, where do you find your music? (Specifically Japanese music)
  11. Following the observation in Kaguya's thread that there were several metal fans in Fuwa. Discuss and share here your favorite bands and songs, latest discoveries, concerts you went to, etc... As per usual, no more than one unspoilered video per post, all the rest under spoiler to not trouble people with toasters and/or terrible connections (such as myself >_>) I'll start off with a band I consider as the best atmospheric black metal band ever - though I admittedly don't like black metal much usually. Kinda fitting for winter season. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rei3wy62XI4 You can imagine how sad I felt when I saw that they put back together the band (the singer is dead and the other guys made Vred) for the Hellfest... then realized the Hellfest was precisely during my exams --"
  12. What the title says. While there is that "what are you listening right now" thread by Snowtsuku, this one should be different. So, what's your favorite type of music? Do you have any specific reason? What are your favorite song? I'll have to go with this one. It fits me and my life the best, though it may be a tad bit more creepy than I wished it to be.It is translated, just open the captions. So, what about you? And what did you thought of the one I posted?
  13. Piracy

    This is a hot-button topic among many people, but I want to hear your thoughts on this subject. There's no beating around the bush with this one, but I'll point out the elephant in the room. Fuwanovel is a site for piracy. Now before people start attacking me, let me make one thing perfectly clear. I am a strong supporter of piracy, and fully support this site. With that out of the way, let's move on to the actual topic. I'm starting this thread because as I use the Internet more each day, I think about how much I owe to it for giving many of the games and movies that I've ever looked at. A majority of the albums in my digital music library and the majority of the films that I watch nowadays come from The Pirate Bay and other torrent/download sites. Many of the visual novels I've ever read I downloaded from Fuwanovel and other places. But why exactly do I defend piracy besides the fact that it gives people free stuff that they'd normally have to pay for? Simple. Because it's completely harmless. We live in an age where everything is digital and a copy of anything can be made for virtually nothing. The argument that I've often heard against piracy is the whole "stealing a car from the lot" analogy. There's a big difference between stealing a car and downloading a copyrighted work for free. A car is made out of physical parts and part of processes that each cost money to collect, build, assemble, and ship out. A digital download on the other hand contains no such thing. It's simply a COPY of a work that was created once. Another argument against piracy that I've heard is that it "hurts the audience." In my opinion, this is one of the weakest excuses I've ever heard. Let's take the Avengers for example. It was the highest grossing film of 2012 making of $1 billion. Now tell me, do you think that if a few thousand people pirate the movie online that Joss Whedon, Marvel, or Disney will go out of business? They're filthy rich and aren't losing money. They're MAKING money. And if you want more proof that Hollywood isn't leaving anytime soon, then simply look at the recession. During that brief time period where we thought that America would have another Great Depression, Hollywood lost the LEAST amount of jobs. The movie, music, and video games industry are all worth billions of dollars and still going strong. Piracy can't even make a dent in that. Piracy actually helps SPREAD the word of products. For instance, if I pirated an album from a certain band and I like them; what's stopping me from going to one of their concerts? You can't pirate a real live performance. Nor can you pirate merchandise such as T-shirts and other collectables. To begin with, big music artists see little money from their own albums since the majority of the profits go to the record labels. If you still think that piracy is so bad, I'm willing to bet that you're guilty of it but don't realize it. If you've ever borrowed anything like a movie, book, or video game from a friend you've pirated it. If you've ever checked out anything at your local library, you my friend, are a pirate. Did you pay for the copyrighted work? No. Are you viewing/reading/playing the entire thing to completion? Yes. What if you decide to use perfectly legal software like iTunes to rip tracks from a CD that you borrowed? How is that piracy if iTunes, a major company that ironically was made to PREVENT piracy, officially sanctions? How exactly is checking out a movie from the library and returning it any different than downloading the same movie off of Pirate Bay and then deleting it off your hard drive once you've finished it? There is something that I do have to address though when it comes to piracy: indie developers. If you're an indie film maker, indie game designer, or indie music artist; then piracy might have a bigger effect on you. For instance, if one guy made a super popular game but a majority of people pirated it, then he will likely lose a lot of money since he's the sole owner of the intellectual property. It isn't like Warner Bros. or Activision where there's tons of other factors involved. So if you can, you should probably do your best to support small teams by buying their products. And if you can't afford them, try waiting for great deals on Steam or giving them donations. This post is quickly becoming longer than I expected, by I hope you've got the point across. TL;DR: Piracy is perfectly fine, and is a perfectly harmless way to experience media. With a few exceptions, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. What are your thoughts?
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