This is an informative post as to why people pirate, or at least why some pirate. Yes, people pirate stuff, but they also buy stuff that could easily be pirated. Some of my friends ask me “Why would you buy that when you could just pirate it!?” using this face.
The people who ask this question are people who I consider leechers. These people, for the most part, don’t pirate themselves, but rely on others to pirate for them. They also don’t seed. -.- So, to answer the question as to why people pirate yet still buy things can be answered in several different cases.
Case 1: Testing Out a Product
Some products are expensive and once bought, can’t be returned. This is the case for a lot of software because you are buying a virtual key and not a physical entity. Many programs offer a trial version which is nice and does not require me to pirate anything.
However, there are a lot of products that don’t have a trial or free version. Therefore, people will pirate the software and test it out to see if it does what they need it to do. If they are satisfied with the software, and it is reasonably priced, they will then proceed to purchase said software. Although, if they don’t feel the product is worth the penny, or if they only require the software for a one-time use thing, they will not buy the software because that would be a waste of money. Which transitions into the next case of the availability of money. Read the other cases as to why people pirate
I wanted light guns for my MAME cabinet, who doesn’t? Am I right!? So, basically the only choice now-a-days is the AimTrak from Ultimarc. This is a nice, semi-cheap option. I say semi-cheap because you can get the module by itself and put it in your own gun casing which can be pretty cheap off eBay if you don’t have anything laying around. I originally thought of using the NES Zapper, however after receiving the module and trying it out it didn’t fit so well. So, I ordered an old GunCon for the original Playstation off of eBay which I heard was a nice casing for the AimTrak. Here is a small tutorial of how I put it all together. Read the full guide
Not to be confused with Patriots’ Day (or Patriot’s Day if you’re from Maine[that's right, I use Wikipedia]). I also say “happy”, but this is not really a “happy” day. It is a day to remember September 11th…or was it August…no, October. Anywhoseville, we remember the day that 3 million people died from a series of terrorist attacks. Wait, was it 3 million? o.O I don’t know, lets ask some people from New York, surely they will know.
Since I am converting an arcade cabinet for MAME use instead of building my own I had the issue of having old button holes. I tried to use the holes for my new buttons, but I only was able to reuse 2 of them. What to do with the other 4 buttons? Fill them with putty of course.
Wood putty is simple enough to work with, just plop some in the hole and smooth out with a putty knife. When working with button holes, a.) it takes a long time to dry, and b.) it’s good to apply putty in 2 rounds. The first round I did not wait long enough for the putty to dry and kinda screwed it up.
Today I decided to get rid of the old Beach Head 2000 graphic and clean up the panel a bit to prepare for my new graphic. It will still be a while before I get the new graphic, but I was tired of the old one. Before I tore the adhesive up, I applied a new layer of putty to clean up the holes a bit. Read more about the clean up process