It's quite easy most of the time if you have everything set up properly and use wine-ge
I do pirate the occasional game, if I feel they're too expensive to justify purchasing (especially those with several hundred dollars of DLC). And, on the converse, the form of media I spend the most money on by far is manga, although that's for physical copies so I suppose might not count.
Anyway, the big difference between paying for games and paying for anime is the quality of service.
With a Steam game I just need to pay a few dollars now and I get permanent access to the game, being able both to play it offline and to redownload it freely, as well as being able to easily update it, play online with friends, and get achievements - in other words, cost aside, a paid copy of the game is on par or better in every way than a pirated copy.
With anime, however, if I pay for it then I can only watch it online, without any ability to have a personal downloaded copy (which, as something of a data hoarder, is an automatic 'yeah nah' for me), with the possibility that the license will be pulled and I will lose access at any time, and without options to freely customizing my media player, easily making screencaps/clips, use fansubs, and so forth, all of which is basic functionality for a pirated copy. So the question becomes "Why would I ever pay for something when I can get a clearly superior version for free?" - not to mention the numerous series which aren't even available for streaming.
BDs are, of course, a different story, but in that case they are too prohibitively expensive for me to realistically be able to justify buying as anything other than collector's items for my absolute favourites.
If I could instead pay a few dollars to get a permanent copy of an anime that I was able to readily both download and stream, with no major downsides over pirating, then I probably would buy a lot of what I watch, but that simply isn't an option at present.
I apply the same standards to my decision to pirate regardless of the format. Steam are just the best at meeting those criteria, though I still pirate lots of games from bad publishers to avoid promoting more of their cancerous practices. Piracy is a service problem and Steam beats pirates on everything but pricing.
Anime needs to get away from the horrible subscription streaming model and offer high-quality downloads attached to RSS or similar so I can fetch them automatically in order to compete with the convenience and ownership value pirates offer me. And that's not even mentioning the inferior translations and typesetting compared to what fans do. Manga comes closer (for the 1% that even get officially translated), but the standard there is free online viewing anyway, at least for recent chapters, so I don't have to pirate those except maybe to catch up. Production software often has FOSS alternatives that work well enough and are more deserving of support or try to push SaaS instead of actually selling you the program.>>108914
They did a little push for it years back, but it never took off. I thought it had potential, but the quality and pricing were wack. If you want to grab the archival market, you need to have BD quality, and if you want the seasonal market, you need to be cheap enough that people can snatch up a dozen episodes a week without breaking the bank. Games do the former, music does the latter, videos decided we don't need to own them.
you can run any .exe through steam using their proton stuff
it's probably one of the more convenient ways if anything