Everyone get off your f*ing high horses and lower your noses before you drown in the rain.
Yes, when you cannot afford something you use it for free, that is called logic, no "excuse" needed. As a dragon I hate actual theft, but anything that can be reproduced infinitely without ever actually taking something cannot be "stolen". I realize mundanes don't have the love of clarification and classification of every minute difference and detail I do though.
"Pirating" a game before you buy it is a good thing... unless you are trying tell to those people to never actually buy the game at all, then good for you promoting real piracy where no-one ever gets money. Some people will always pirate, others are willing to go along with our (completely subjective) societal norm and pay. It's that simple. They get to see if a game is good, and if it's not... no money for the the makers as it should be. Screw bad games and the people who make them.
I don't download any game unless it's over 10-15 years old (an/or never released in US) like NES, SNES, Genesis, & Sega-CD though never tried any actuall comp games except ones that were legal from Liberated Games where the devs actually said "We're releasing our really old stuff for free legaly" or at least some part of the games, like some only have the online component for some FPS's.
Example: Years before the (very crappy) "official" US release of Final Fantasy V there was a (really great) fan made translation. I downloaded it and played it, not having access to get the official one - not being in existance and all. When the official one came out, I bought it as soon as I could.
Example: I D/L'ed a Fire Emblem game (for SNES (actually Super Famicom since it was in Japanese)) and loved it so much I bought the newest one that was released in the US for the GameCube. Nintendo made money it would never have if I didn't.
Guess what holy crusaders? If every single person in the world right now stopped buying games it would not be the end of them.
The entire video-game industry started as an after-work project of geeks, and it will return to that with a few dozen nerds collaborating and getting a project done on their own time. They'd do it because they love it, and it wouldn't cost $1,000,000 either.
Guess what else? We'd get the same level of getting patches and updates and getting games working we have now, but it would be because they don't have the time not because it was planned that they were going to be A-holes to us on purpose like EA & MS do.
I'd bet (some but very few) people would PayPal them a few dollars still too.
Gaming would not just go on... it would live on without the BS... and the propoganda... and the self-righteous retardated rants (from forum moderators no less) that resale of a game = theft because the devs aren't payed again and again and again even though they were payed full price the first time.
What the hell is with this generation and their BS feelings of entitlement?
Thanks for agreeing with me. If nothing else that last one thing makes me side with the pirates, not because I agree with them, but because I disagree with the money-grubbing theft of peoples money some are trying to pull in acting like they should be able tax us. What's next... $5 every time we start the game we legally bought?
If you love what you do then release games without DRM, endless hoops, extraneous programs, and having to beg for every last thing like patches.
If you make games for the money then quit your day job and sell crack or be a prostitue. A whores a whores, of course of course.
I'll continue to spend my very little money on good games from good companies who respect their users, and in 10 years when the other companies are out of buisiness I'll play their games for free.