Listener mail call: Software piracy

Avast! Tell us of your close encounters with the digital Jolly Roger (we're not cops, honest).

One of our recording topics for this weekend will take us into the shifty, shady world of software piracy. It's been a pretty hot topic of late, with ROM sites being shut down and developers and historians alike making earnest pleas to publishers to make their work more accessible so piracy isn't necessary to play lost or expensive games. Hideo Kojima's Snatcher is cool! But is it $600 cool? Noooot really.

We're going to talk about it on the show, and we'd like for you to lend your perspectives as well. So, here is the latest writing prompt:

What role has piracy played in your gaming career? Is there any value to piracy?

You can contribute to this conversation one of two ways: One, simply post in the comments below. Alternately, you can send me an email message at jparish [at] retronauts [dot] com. I can understand this is a sensitive topic, so feel free to submit anonymously (or mention in your email that you'd prefer to be unnamed). We are not cops! These messages will not be held against you in a court of law.

The usual rules apply. Please tender your submission no later than noon PT Oct. 7! And please try to keep your submission shorter than 200 words—not that we don't appreciate the enthusiasm that fuels feature-length letter submissions, but there's just not enough time to read those bad boys aloud in their entirety. Thanks!