Depends where you live of course, I've seen such stores in Kenya, people have bigger things to worry about there.Hmm... well most of the stores I saw , were selling PSPS with Romsand they haven't got arrested yet.
Dude, the videogame market is one of the biggest growing markets when it comes to entertainment. It's growing faster than the movie and music industry combined. I could dig up quite a few press releases about this as well, though I'm lazy atm. But well, this is just for one month, which I don't find relevant really, I prefer to look at annual numbers, which showed a huge increase even last year.skoreanime said:And people wonder why the video game sales in the past few years have dramatically declined...
This is also my main gripe with the entire entertainment industry: They fail to accept that people prefer to spend money on games nowadays, for which they may cut their investment in movies and music. There's only so much people can spend on this type of expenses.
And well, as for modding, if you're making your money with it on a commercial basis I can understand that if there's laws against it this kid clearly did the wrong thing. Otherwise I'm definitely against the illegalization of modding: It's my own console, so I have the right to do with it what I want within borders of the law. Like said, the importing of games is perfectly legal which for me personally is reason enough to mod a console. A sad fact is that 99% of the people out there use it for different purposes.
As for piracy creating jobs: It just creates jobs on the black market and in local economies. For the US it's not a good thing, but for those who make their money selling bootlegs it's nice. Also, if you look at the bigger picture you can see the following:
If people pirate their games they indirectly stimulate local economy, they have more money left that they can spend on going out to pubs, restaurants movies or do completely other activities with. It's not like the money disappears. So while it costs jobs in one sector, it creates jobs in others because it's not like the money just vanishes, it just gets spent elsewhere. But of course, that doesn't look good in such reports so they prefer to claim that it costs jobs based on the number of potential sales that are lost.