posted ago by Skywise ago by Skywise +60 / -0

So I've been ripping my DVDs to a media server as well as going to used book stores and adding to the collection just so I can stop funding all this woke nonsense. From a technical standpoint its all cool and fun and I've been sharing my story with various friends (omitting the 'woke' part because many of these guys are all part of the facebook consciousness 'Landru, save us')

From 3 separate people at 3 separate times now - my talking about just using my own library for streaming purposes rather than pay the fee has led to them responding, exactly word for word, "I subscribe to Disney+ because I can't afford to buy all those Disney movies" like it's some sort of hypnotic suggestion. (and I don't even bring up Disney+, just streaming services in general)

Certainly that's true if you buy the discs new - but if you get them off of EBay or a used book store you can pick up most Disney movies on bluray for under $10 and DVD for usually $5! So, yeah, you've got some costs up front if you're a BIG Disney fan of yore but the media is YOURS, can't be edited for content behind your back and you'll always have access to it (and will eventually recoup the cost)

I had a friend last night (that spurred on this rant) then go on to say that he watched "The Black Hole" and "The Apple Dumpling Gang" which he would've never seen if he didn't have D+ - As if he's justifying the $90/year price tag to himself by saying he's watching movies he couldn't be bothered to watch without it? Don't get me wrong - I'm a spend your money as you see fit kinda guy. But none of my friends were touting how GREAT D+ was... they were all grudgingly defending their monthly tithes to the mouse (I have it because it'd be more expensive to not have it) and, more importantly, using the same verbiage...

Just an odd Sunday morning note...

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Eltrion 36 points ago +36 / -0

The interesting thing for me is how Piracy went from a physical imperative (living in a rural area where most merchandise were not available), to an economic imperative (Being a broke teenager/ university student) to a moral imperative (the money almost certainly funding corruption, rather than encouraging the production of more of the product.)

All those "No excuse for piracy" screeds felt hollow at the time, but now we've reached the point where it's like attacking a fortified position.

There are so many checks things have to pass before I'd even consider paying money. Not because of any financial restraints on my part, but because at some point unless I'm paying a single person for a solo project, and sometimes even then, I'm almost certainly giving money to somebody who hates my guts, my way of life, and will almost certainly be passing that some of that money into a machine seemingly dedicated to destroying western civilization.

It's taking more and more work to convince me that it's ethical not to pirate something.

Steam remains the only platform which I use with any sort of regularity, it doesn't require a monthly subscription fee, and it makes installing games easy, and even then I feel more and more wary of it. I've been wondering if there's a good way to run Proton outside of Steam more and more.

Lurker404 14 points ago +14 / -0

Yea, I used to pirate as a teen because I didn't have money. Then I eventually stopped because digital distribution got more convenient than piracy, I thought creators deserved to get paid and I could afford to buy games. Then almost all of them went woke and I'm not supporting that.

Valve used to be pretty much neutral but they've been jumping on the woke shitshow bandwagon more and more. If I'm going to buy a game I'll at least make sure it's the cheapest it can be (e.g. by finding a 3rd party store via https://isthereanydeal.com/).

The only exception I make are developers who are openly anti-woke but they are few and far between.

onetimeuser 4 points ago +4 / -0

yeah just on the gaming side, i dropped a lot of money on Steam, PS when i became able to afford it. But I now I've gone back to full independent acquisitions because of the increasing wokeness and all that. I'm only giving my money now to Sega now and then because they haven't fallen completely and make good games (but they have been showing some early signs of wokeness) & any multiplayer games that I want to play online with friends. but even then, I've only paid for games probably once or twice in the last 3 years

AnotherSchwarzesMark 3 points ago +3 / -0

About Proton: Lutris just works fine, no? Not really proton as it is but wine works pretty well. I've run a couple games I've owned and "owned for a while now through lutris.

And I feel like the same argument has been had about anime. I've only ever owned the source material of a series I particularly enjoy(say Junji Ito's work or Jojo) but never actually subbed to a streaming service like Crunchyroll to see the shows. There, it always was at least to me the argument about price(depending on where you live you get more than just gourged) or the morale.

I like to support the creators of a show I really enjoy but I can't with good conscience support someone who just bought the license and uses it to bleed the anime community dry. And the streaming services I don't support because they're often times just wokies who wanna change anime(looking at you fanimation) or make woke garbo(looking at you crunchyroll). On top fo that their service sucks last I checked, no connection to anime list websites, would be a huge boon and already is with apps like Tachiyomi for manga and finally tons of series not licensed in my region etc.

So I buy the manga/LN/whatever and watch the show in other ways.

el_hoovy 2 points ago +3 / -1

there was another step, too, where people thought copyright law in general was immoral. now it feels like we've gone from defying copyright law to denying it just for these corrupt people, and i can't help but think that that's probably healthier thinking.

krzyzowiec 1 point ago +1 / -0

You can just run wine instead, or through Lutris if you want that “point and click” GUI experience.