i’ll add some games in this tread later, but right now I have to go with Life is Strange. The one about Max and Chloe, obviously. This game made me give up playing pirated PC games.
When I was growing up, about 98% PC and console games in shops were the products of pirates. There were commercial companies, some of them pretty big, devoted solely to stealing western games, making a half-baked translation and putting it on the market. With the tags like OFFICIAL TRANSLATION, or THE OFFICIAL RELEASE. or LICENSED COPY, of course. Then the piracy era started to come to end, for the most part… and I got to know that the most games in my collection are not official translations like the covers said but pirate releases. And after that I learned that most of the games in my collection were never released in my country, or were only released untranslated in a ridiculously small number of copies…
So, even though the licenses in my collection were all good, I developed a strange emotional attachments towards piracy. Also it didn’t help that several of the licenses in my collection were corrupted so that the game would freeze on second cd etc, while all the pirated copies ran smoothly. So for a couple of years I only bought multiplayer games, and pirated most of the rest.
Then I downloaded Life is Strange. It was so beautiful, so precise in every detai. I felt like the first time I played Unreal when I was a child, when I didn’t yet know about 3d graphics, and then I got to run around an alien planet with huge waterfalls and flying reptiloids. That was breathtaking. I was introduced to something completely new, and the experience was wholesome. I think I didn’t even finish the first episode before I loaded Steam and bought the whole season. I couldn’t not buy it. It was too good.
After that I slowly bought out most of the games I pirated (except for abandonware and games that I didn’t like at all so deleted them soon), and bought some more games, and more… and now I’m sitting on a huge Steam library that contains more titles than I played in my buy-pirategames and download-pirategames combined. Getting a stable source of income sure helped a lot, but still I consider Life is Strange the first and important bump. Also it made me think - a lot. More than Fahrenheit or other d e e p games that I’ve played. It changed my view on certain topics, and I believe it helped me generally become a better person (not just bc of not stealing games anymore).
I also have to say that I still download games from internet sometimes. Like I’ve got all the Saints Rows in Steam, and none of my Steam copies even launch. They didn’t fix the problem in 3 years or so, and they’ve been saying it’s us the players with not-so-great PCs who are at fault. But… the torrent copies work 100%, no problems at all, so if I want to play Saints Row, I have to use torrents, bc downloading a Steam copy will give me nothing. I know that it’s still considered bad by many gamers. But I’m not that enlightened yet. Maybe something enlightning will come out in the upcoming decade?