A brief history of video game piracy

From tapes to torrents, the climb of copyright crime laid bare

But how did we get here? How did it all start? Well if you click ahead, we'll tell you. Because just one click ahead you'll find a brief history of the merry, headyworld of digital robbery, starting in the innocent, sepia-tinged crimes of the '80s and covering all the main developments since, right up to and including those of this very month.

Tape/disc copying

The method

The industry response

The method

The industry response

The method

The industry response

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Long-time GR+ writer Dave has been gaming with immense dedication ever since he failed dismally at some '80s arcade racer on a childhood day at the seaside (due to being too small to reach the controls without help). These days he's an enigmatic blend of beard-stroking narrative discussion and hard-hitting Psycho Crushers.

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