You will need to install all of these before downloading any games (legitimate or pirated!) to stop games crashing due to missing software on your computer:
You will likely need a VPN to download torrents to avoid receiving Copyright notices from your ISP - unless, your country does not care about piracy. Read more in the VPN section further in this thread. Torrents are P2P downloads - you download from other people who have downloaded the file. No servers are involved.
1337X - Do not download torrents uploaded by IGG games.
Direct Downloads are any normal download. You download the file from a server through a web browser. It is significantly safer to download this way and you will not need a VPN. In some cases, you will need a VPN to access blocked filehost sites (e.g. ZippyShare is blocked in some EU countries). It is recommended to use a Download Manager mentioned further down the Mega Thread to help manage your downloads.
iPhone Cake - For cracked iOS apps and games.
Mobilisim - Android apps and games.
MyAbandonware - Old/retro games.
OldGamesDownload - Old games.
Online-Fix - Online multiplayer games.
SKlauncher - for Minecraft.
Internet Download Manager
Xtreme Download Manager
Privacy Tools' VPN recommendations
VPN Comparison Chart on r/VPN
Tor is NOT a VPN, it will not protect you when torrenting!
Untrusted sites / uploaders:
AGFY - scam links
IGG Games / PC Games Torrents - they doxxed mercs213 (owner of GoodOldDownloads), package their own DRM in indie games and exploit you for ad revenue.
BBRepacks - Fake BlackBox Repacks, contain malware.
LoadGames (clone of IGG games)
OceanOfGames - High malware risk.
xGIROx - repacks contain bitcoin miners.
Seyter - repacks contain bitcoin miners.
SteamUnlocked / GOG Unlocked - slow downloads, malicious link redirects and uploads stolen from IGG Games.
cracked-games - Malware Risk.
crackingpatching - Malware Risk.