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Spore Tops the List of 2008 Top Pirated Computer Games

In a latest report published by Yahoo News, Spore tops the list of the most pirated video games in 2008 with 1,700,000 copies pirated. Spore is a multi-genre massive single-player online metaverse video game developed by Maxis and designed by Will Wright. It allows a player to control the development of a species from its beginnings as a unicellular organism, through development as an intelligent and social creature, to interstellar exploration as a spacefaring culture. It has drawn wide attention for its massive scope, and its use of open-ended gameplay and procedural generation.

The Sims 2 followed it with 1,150,000 copies pirated. The Sims 2 is a strategic life simulation computer game developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts. It is the sequel to the best-selling computer game, The Sims, which debuted on February 4, 2000.

The list also includes the following:

3. Assassins Creed (Ubisoft) - 1,070,000
4. Crysis (Electronic Arts) - 940,000
5. Command & Conquer 3 (Electronic Arts - 860,000
6. Call of Duty 4 (Activision) - 830,000
7. GTA San Andreas (Rockstar Games) - 740,000
8. Fallout 3 (Bethesda Softworks) - 645,000
9. Far Cry 2 (Ubisoft) - 585,000
10. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (Konami) - 470,000

In total, Electronic Arts is the publisher which suffered the most in piracy in 2008. Electronics Arts is the publisher of 4 of the top most pirated ames with a total pirated copy reaching 4,650,000 copies. In terms of Developers Maxis top the list occupying the first and second slot.

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Reel Advice said...

Hi there!

Yep! ironically, Spore was one of the most protected games out there! With limited installs and even Stardock.

Goes to show that the more companies pursue bad ways of combating piracy, the more the pirates fight back!

Shen said...

I wonder why games are prices so high specially here in the Philippines? Can't they lower game prices so that more people can afford it thus lowering the chance of piracy?