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The shutdown of The Pirate Bay made big headlines when it happened during a raid by Swedish police. While it certainly is big news for file sharing, perhaps a more pertinent question is "what difference does it make?" The answer is it makes almost no difference at all. On Dec. 8, one day before the raid on The Pirate Bay, a total of 101.8 million Internet users torrented files being tracked by anti-piracy firm Excipio. These files including movies, music, games and other digital media. For the next three days, the number of users downloading these types of files dropped down to around 95 million, before bouncing right back to 100.2 million on Dec. 12. This highlights the fact that merely shutting down a file-sharing site will have almost no effect on online piracy. Not only that, but rival site IsoHunt said that it had copied The Pirate Bay's search engine catalog and links, effectively being able to recreate the service. It's important to consider the fact that shutting down The Pirate Bay did not improve anything or prevent anyone from being able to pirate digital content if they wanted to. While it may have provided a minor annoyance to those who regularly use the service, it's more than easy to find the same content online elsewhere. In 2012, the Netherlands persuaded Internet service providers to block access to torrent files, but research suggests that the ban resulted in increased torrent use. If blocking access to torrent sites isn't going to stop people from illegally downloading content, then removing one out of thousands of these services is going to do even less. Perhaps a more appropriate question to ask would be "how can we make legally purchasing content that costs money to make more attractive than illegally downloading it for free?" While that might seem like a useless question, in reality it is possible. Apple made purchasing music more attractive when it launched the iTunes Store because it was so simple to use that many were willing to pay the small price for the convenience. Spotify and other music-streaming services are doing much the same thing now. There will always be ways to illegally download digital content online. However, there will also be alternatives, and the more attractive those alternatives are to customers, the less likely people are to steal content. Did removing The Pirate Bay do anything for torrenting? Absolutely not, but maybe we're asking the wrong question.
It's the "largest and most comprehensive" DLC offering in franchise history, 2K Sports says. Paige is exclusive to the WWE 2K15 DLC pass ($25)2K Sports today outlined the wealth of add-on content coming to WWE 2K15, which will make up what the publisher calls the "largest and most comprehensive" DLC offering in the history of the professional wrestling franchise. The content on offer spans new single-player offerings, bonus playable characters such as Paige (only for people who buy the DLC pass), and lots more. You can see a roundup of the WWE 2K15 DLC below. All WWE 2K15 DLC will be available for the game's four platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, andPlayStation 4. 2K Sports did not announce specific release dates for any of the packs, but mentioned that all should be released by early 2015. A $25 WWE 2K15 DLC pass, as rumored, will also be available for players, representing a 20 percent savings over buying content packs individually. WWE 2K15 DLC will include the following (descriptions courtesy of 2K Sports): Accelerator ($2) Players will gain instant access to all unlockable content available in the game (excluding downloadable content); 2K Showcase: One More Match ($10) Story focused on the rivalry between WWE Superstars Randy Orton and Christian in 2011; Playable WWE Superstars: Christian, Randy Orton, Edge, Mark Henry and Sheamus; Playable arenas from 2011: SmackDownÂ®, Extreme Rules, Over the Limit, and Capitol Punishment; 2K Showcase: Hall of Pain ($10) Story focused on top matches for WWE Superstar Mark Henry; Playable WWE Superstars: Mark Henry, Big Show, Kane, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Sheamus, The Great Khali, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, and Ryback; Playable arenas: SmackDown (2011), Vengeance (2011), and WrestleMania 29; 2K Showcase: Path of the Warrior ($10) Story focused on the career of WWE Hall of Famer Ultimate Warrior; Playable WWE Hall of Famers: Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, and Sgt. Slaughter; Playable WWE Legends: Honky Tonk Man, Rick Rude, Macho King, and Colonel Mustafa; Playable WWE Superstars: Undertaker and Hunter Hearst Helmsley; Access to WWE Hall of Fame ring announcer Howard Finkel and WWE managers Jimmy Hart, Bobby Heenan, Paul Bearer, Sherri, Sid Justice, and General Adnan; Playable arenas: WrestleMania VI, VII and XII; SummerSlam (1988, 1990, and 1991); Saturday Nightâ€™s Main Event XXIV and Madison Square Garden; WCW Pack ($8) Playable WCW Superstars: Fit Finlay, Lord Steven Regal, Bam Bam Bigelow, Diamond Dallas Page, and Lex Luger; NXT Arrival ($7) Playable NXT Superstars: JBL, Adam Rose, and The Ascension (Konnor and Victor); Playable NXT Diva: Emma; New Moves Pack ($4) Moves Pack: More than 30 new moves, including an alternate version of Sister Abigail (performed from the ring corner and made popular by Bray Wyatt) and Multiple Gut Wrenches (made popular by Cesaro); WWE 2K15 DLC Pass ($25) Access to exclusive playable WWE Diva Paige; Accelerator (access to all unlockable content available in the game); Access to all three 2K Showcase stories (One More Match, Hall of Pain, and Path of the Warrior) WWE 2K15 releases October 28 for Xbox 360 and PS3, while the Xbox One and PS4 versions arelaunching on November 18. Earlier this week, 2K Sports revealed the WWE 2K15 soundtrack, which was curated by none other than coverstar John Cena. Add Rep and Leave a feedback Reputation is the green button in the down right corner on my post