There are currently more than 1.1 million games available in the world. That’s a lot. A good majority of them are available online in places like Steam and Epic Games. You can find any game on these sites, but you’ll most likely have to pay for them. But there are other sites you can get them for free, like Skidrow Games.
Sites like Skidrow can give you games you’ll normally pay for without giving up a buck. And although some functions are unusable (multiplayer, for instance), the game will run. And you can play the single-player experience of the game you downloaded.
What Is Skidrow?
The first thing you need to know is that Skidrow is one of many warez groups throughout the internet. Warez groups are people who take software and create copies of them. They disseminate them for free on the world wide web.
For many people, especially video game enthusiasts, they’re heroes as they freely and indiscriminately share the bounty of great games for all to enjoy.
And for others? They’re pirates. But in the legal sense, it’s kind of murky.
Is Skidrow Legal?
Disseminating copyrighted data is very, very illegal in many countries. The US and most countries in Europe are the biggest detractors of the practice. Usually, sites like Skidrow get taken down and their owners prosecuted. But here’s the thing: the most they’re doing is sharing download links to the file. Thus, they’re not actually violating copyright. They also claim that since they’re not profiting from the material itself, they’re free and clear. (The usual elements of Criminal CI include getting monetary gain from said copyright, which they claim is not the case.)
There are also countries that don’t have an airtight Copyright Infringement, which adds to the conundrum. So those warez groups would usually domain their websites in those countries to evade prosecution.
Is Skidrow Safe?
One thing to note is the fact that there are many websites to claim that they’re Skidrow. And there’s no telling which of these sites are real. It’s recommended to check the file size and comments before downloading any file on the internet so you can find out a file’s authenticity. Another recommendation is to use antivirus to scan the file. Some recommended ones are Norton, Bitdefender, and McAfee.
Besides this, you can also use gaming VPNs to download. VPNs are software programs that help in protecting your PC by hiding personal information. Various methods working in concert are responsible for this. These methods are tunneling and packet encryption among others. Basically, tunneling is the process of sending data over the internet. Meanwhile, Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) processes Packet Encryption. This is to protect data packets through—in layman’s terms—“scrambling” the data. Trusted VPNs include ExpressVPN, CyberGhost, and NordVPN.
Skidrow Mirror Sites
For those who don’t know this, mirror sites are replicas of existing websites on the internet. This is because most servers can’t handle the loads of visits that usually happen every day. So, most website owners allow the creation of mirror sites to offset the burden.
Skidrow is no exception. There are websites that show Skidrow links throughout the internet. Amongst those sites include IGG Games, skidrowreloaded, skidrow-games, and skidrowcodex. Some of these sites also allow you to download games not cracked by Skidrow, like Reloaded and RG Mechanics.
How to Download and Install Skidrow Games
Usually, there are several methods of downloading Skidrow games or games in general. But we’re only going to cover using torrents. Torrenting grants you the ability to check your download before downloading.
1. Go to Skidrow or any Skidrow mirror site.
2. Pick the game you wish to download and choose where to get your torrent. You’ll see some download links after a brief description of the game. Choose the torrents at the bottom.
3. Download the torrent link and use it on your torrent downloading app.
4. Wait for the download to finish.
Downloading the game will take time. For faster downloading, ensure that you don’t have any other downloads. You can also increase the bandwidth allocation of the downloaded file. To do this, right-click on the downloaded torrent. Then look for Bandwidth Allocation or something similar. Choose high as the allocation and the download will go faster as a result.
5. Extract the downloaded file and begin with the installation. Remember to check the “apply crack” so that you can immediately play the game.
Other Sites Like Skidrow
There are other companies that ply their warez throughout the internet. For example, Reloaded, FitGirl Repacks, and RG Mechanics. All three offer cracks of various PC Games.
Do note though that you need to find out the validity of the links before downloading the files. They may contain various viruses and other malware. Additionally, some sites also offer torrents or .rar parts of games. Usually, .rar parts are easier to download as they have a smaller size. Also, you can use WinRAR or other applications like it to fuse the files together.