It might be tempting to think that PSP games are stolen because such a big percentage of PSP game players are young. And generally, the younger the person, the less $$ they have to spend - so it could be argued that there would be a greater temptation to steal the wanted games.
But not so - firstly - the average age of (PSP?) gamers is 30 (you can read more surprising gamer facts here). Secondly, it is clear that game theft is not limited to the PSP. Even iPhone owners are guilty of stealing games made for the iPhone. They also steal Apps by the thousand at a time (thieves develop packs of 1000 iPhone games/apps for free download). When you consider that there are hundreds of free iPhone games and Apps available for download from the iTunes store, and that those Apps that do have a price tag mostly sell for less than three bucks, you gotta conclude that - “its not about the money”!
Anyway, the Bitfood team decided to find out which PSP games are currently the most popular to steal. Now our research is not gonna include the games that are stolen and included as part of their package by “backyard” PSP modders - basically because, while we know they are out there by the hundreds, we can’t survey them to find out what stolen games they are using. What we did was check out the most popular sites for distributing these stolen games. The thirteen most popular PSP games currently being stolen are:
1) Tekken 6
2) Assassins Creed Bloodlines
3) Pro Evolution Soccer 2010
4) Little Big Planet.
5) James Cameron Avatar The Game
6) Need for Speed
7) Gran Turismo Ed Col
9) Bleach Soul Carnival 2
10) Metal Slug XX
11) WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2010
12) Star Wars Battlefront Elite Squadron
13) Jak and Daxter La Frontera Perdida
This list does not include the packs of games like “PSP 145 Iso Games” which has 145 - mostly old, mostly less popular - games.
We have not included any links to sites that allow for the downloading of these stolen games. Mostly because we want to see more great PSP games being developed fast! The more games are stolen, the less developers are interested in putting their $$ into developing new games! More on this in our next post!