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2008's Most Pirated PC Games


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*Curtesy of Download.com

*December 6, 2008 10:26 AM PST

'Spore' leads 2008's most pirated PC games

Posted by Dave Rosenberg

EA's Spore topped the list of most pirated video games for 2008, according to TorrentFreak.

Spore suffered from a serious PR problem when Electronic Arts introduced an archaic DRM technology that infuriated thousands of users and led to a piracy tsunami. EA, however, said the downloads didn't hurt Spore sales.

Most people agree that EA's heavy-handed DRM helped to push Spore to the top of the list. The initial outrage (500k downloads in the first 10 days) was obviously curtailed over the next several months, but these download numbers are still quite astounding.

1. Spore (1,700,000)

2. The Sims 2 (1,150,000)

3. Assassins Creed (1,070,000)

4. Crysis (940,000)

5. Command & Conquer 3 (860,000)

6. Call of Duty 4 (830,000)

7. GTA San Andreas (740,000)

8. Fallout 3 (645,000)

9. Far Cry 2 (585,000)

10. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (470,000)

Note: the number in parenthesis is the estimated number of downloads.

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Leading the list by a large margin is Spore, made infamous even before its release for the draconian DRM attached to the game.

DRM sucks, and the pirates obviously had no problems with it, considering Spore is the most pirated game. Sucks for the real customers who bought the game who have be subjugated to the DRM.

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