You can't steal something that has no tangible Value, nor can you be robbed of something that can't take Value away from nothing.
I love how Companies big or small try and make outragoues claims about them losing money to an industry of pirates when there was nothing lost.
Did you lose a CD/DVD??? no, did you lose any form of material(something you can touch not Virtual). is your online service being overrun by pirates, nope didn't think so.
Now if you go to a store and Steal a CD/Game then yes there is a lose because of packaging/Marketing materials and having to take a hit, because the company won't make any money from a product they bought from a Distributor.
That is a Tangible lose, Not a Virtual implied lose.
Now d/l from a torrent Has non of these effects. And as mention in teh DRM Article by Ironclad this is the same thing. People don't want DRM, people don't want Online Systems such as Steam and Impluse. They are a joke regradless of how well they might think they work. If i Buy a Product i damn well better Have something Tangible in my hand especially since "These industries" whine and bitch and complain about Material and ramp the price up.
Now you can agrue about online software other then games, however Say Nero($75), Intermapper($750/skies the limit) or other such software has way more Virtual Value and can be used for longer periods of time and has more function and use. You don't see companies like that bitch and complain. People will pay for something when it has Value and meaning. and gets the job done.
If your counting on people who will never pay for a product to begin with you are a moron. and ya you can wallow in your self pitty how omfg all the pirates are stealing our money(wah..... what money to begin with???)
and you can cry about all that work, well umm yea, your on the clock, and yea you only made the game once. It's like any job that requires labor you only get paid for what you do. You made the game you try and sell it thats your pay. and you use that income also fix what's broke otherwise you'll just make a bad name foryourself and hopefully your sales well continue for awhile, and when people stop buying hopefully you have some form of Manangement and put aside a nice portion for the company to use for the next game to pay your workers and maybe upgrades(god knwos companeis spend way to much on crap that just cost up).
now you could also be one of those unfortunate companies that set themselves up thinking hey lets try and make a quick buck or sell to the casual gamer who will stop playing our games in several months that way we can screw the hardcore gamers and fanbase to the point were they will turn on us and we won't make jack because no one bought the game.
And i'm sorry but i don't think when you pay your taxes you can inlcude, "people where pirating our game we didn't make any money" and any Inteligent investor will just see "people are pirating the game thats why we can't pay you back" as an excuss.
I pirate games, and i buy games, Hell i even buy software in upwards of several thousand dollars for my company.
Now the piraters that i do Disagree with are the 10-16yr olds who just do it because it's fun and they can, they have no real understanding as to why people like me or the poster would pirate. Pirtaing is also making a statement.
"If you werent such a d.bag i woulda bought your game but instead you decided to do whatever you did to upset your potential customer." There fore you won't make any money from me, sorry but your not losing money your just not making it. I wonder if any of these people even understand economics/business.
Demo's is a def, Shabby online systems regardless again of how well the company thinks they are. I hate steam for the life of me, yet i have all of valves titles. However i have no other options. Just as impulse.
I live in a area where Sorry to say internet is not readily available. Now trying to d/l Several gigs of game content on a T1 is not fun. and then u punish me more by making me half to authenticate everytime i wanna play a game offline wtf, who's retarded idea was that??? that college degeree i'm sorry buddy but it's not working for you and umm yea you have no real understanding of business or marketing.
I have several CLients that are on dial-up and or satelite, you make them suffer as well. And major ISP only care to install in places where they will make a huge profit. so cities with less then 25k tend to get shafted and have to relly on Dial-up/Satelite or fixxed providers like me.