Durban Pirates Nailed, Ninjas Unharmed.

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PirateJail Whilst sipping my coffee and eating my cucumber sandwiches (with the crusts cut off, of course) I came across a post by MooDy on the local Xbox 360 forums. It details what, according to the accompanying press release, is the country’s first ever conviction of a video game pirate.

The brigand in question, one Muhammed Baber, ran “Game Zone,” a videogame store in the uShaka Marine World in Durban. We say “ran” because after a raid on the store orchestrated by the Department of Trade and Industry and SAFACT, the dastardly buccaneer’s digital contraband – primarily PC games – has been confiscated. In addition to that, he’s been sentenced to 1 years imprisonment or a R20 000 fine – Unfortunately, it seems walking the plank is no longer a suitable punishment.

This sets a precedent for the country, and will hopefully go some ways to eradicating those awful third-rate copies from flea markets and the like.

We at Lazygamer abhor, deplore, despise and detest piracy and those that propagate it. We don’t really have any issues with the pirates’ busty, buxom wenches though.

The ninjas among you are welcome to let us know what fate you would have befall your mortal pirate enemies.
As for you pirates? Leave your wenches at the door and start running – we’re coming for you.

Last Updated: June 30, 2009

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Ruslan

    One of the major problem lies with the populace who are either too dumb or unwilling to deter such pirates and as such support their means by purchasing their stolen products. Till this is resolved the demand will still be there and pirates will provide them with the goods.

  • Janrik

    Actually it is the high price of goods that drive people to offer these kind of services.

    Bring the prices down and people will buy.

    I import most of my games for that very reason.

  • Dark

    Good News !

  • I dont think that pricing has that much to do with it – people still pirate budget titles – Diablo 2,Warcraft 3 etc. cause they can.
    Pirates will pirate.

  • Janrik

    Are those budget titles not 2 expensive for their age maybe?

    R50 instead of R10?

    I dunno, but cheaper games = less piracy.
    Else why would games be cheaper in the high pirate regions of the world.

  • Ruslan

    I think it becomes a matter of habit to be honest. They can afford to upgrade their PC almost every 6 months with the top of the range GFX cards and else what. How come they cannot afford a legit game once a month at R299-R350? PC game prices have not increased that much when compared to the current line of console games.

    Heck, the most pirated console games still are PSP and PS3 related. No excuse to spend R100 on a platinum title if you ask me. 😉

  • Ruslan

    Sorry, meant PSP and PS2 related! 😳

  • Well thats kind of my point even if they were R10 people would copy them than buy them and then try to justify it by some lame excuse or another.

  • I for one am no pirate but were forced to obtain a pirate copy because of bad programming. the example would be one of Steams latest releases, where it took me over a week to download almost a gig’s data over a 1gb line just to get the game running, but then ultimately failed. I then came upon the game by illegal means and I’m proud of it because in the end the pirate copy cost me nothing…where the original ran a tab of about R1800.00. and then just to find that the game sucked meat balls. I chose pirate and I’m proud of it. Make games (installing) simple and cheap and I will keep on buying originals.

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