Hollenshead: Piracy is “hidden benefit” when you buy a PC

Thursday, 21st August 2008 12:40 GMT By Mike

Speaking with GI, id Software CEO, Todd Hollenshead, said that piracy is a “hidden benefit” when you buy a PC.

When asked about what PC manufacturers could do to help prevent piracy, Hollenshead replied: “There’s lots of things that they could do but typically just they just line up on the wrong side of the argument in my opinion.”

“They have lots of reasons as to why they do that, but I think that there’s been this dirty little secret among hardware manufacturers, which is that the perception of free content – even if you’re supposed to pay for it on PCs – is some sort hidden benefit that you get when you buy a PC, like a right to download music for free or a right to download pirated movies and games.”

Full interview through the link.

By Mike Bowden



  1. TJ

    I never thought about it that way. He’s dead right.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Why do you think people buy PSPs?

    #2 6 years ago
  3. No_PUDding

    People buy PSPs!?

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Blerk

    Yes. Lots of people. But nobody buys PSP games. What could be the cause of this?

    /Twilight Zone music

    #4 6 years ago
  5. deanimate

    same for the DS i guess.

    id like to see games come down in price. say £20 at the most for a new game. if its crap a bit less again.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. No_PUDding

    DS isn’t as openly ‘hacked’ as the PSP, as far as my limited knowledge goes. Anyone want to confirm or deny this? I think that’s why Blerk said it’s sellign well.

    The DS is just in Nintendo’s ring of sales.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Blerk

    If anything, the DS is more hacked than the PSP. But there are so many non-gamer users that there are still sufficient numbers of DS owners to generate lots of game sales. PSP only sells to techies, who are much more likely to know about these things, so the piracy ratio is much higher.

    #7 6 years ago

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