This is not sound logic. This is flimsy rationalization, and it doesn't bear much scrutiny.
Obviously there are those who WOULD buy it anyway. Plenty of people have enough interest to buy it - do you really think that none of them would get it for free if given the opportunity? That would be absurd, so people ARE pirating instead of buying, which hurts the developers lots.
As for you personally, you have no right to say "I would never buy it anyway" once you make pirating an option. Even considering piracy has lowered a game's value to you - you are rationalizing after the fact, and besides that, the game clearly has SOME value to you if you have enough interest to play it. Put another way, try running a business where anyone can get your services for free as long as they say they wouldn't pay you anyway. See how long you last.
Choice is always good. If there wasn't an option to then there would be a huge, huge problem. And honestly, if the developer is actually worth anything at all they would be happy people are even playing their game. Those that are actually harmed by the potential sales. The others that actually do complain about it are big corporations who want nothing but to control and gain more revenue for their copy/pasted games. Those that do put passion into their games deserve the money. But at the end of the day, I'd rather give people the ability to choose than to discard it simply because a bunch of select people want to stay in a life of luxury. Money in itself is flawed. It only exists as another form of control. People that need greed as a form of motivation have more problems than their lack of green.
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Basically, the bottom line here is that as long as companies produce huge buggy messes of games and put in crazy DRM that stops you from playing the way you want to, I'd rather just pirate them.
Oh, the irony. The reason they put in "crazy DRM that stops you from playing the way you want to" is because people like YOU pirate the game. If piracy went down, they wouldn't have to put this crap in.
S*** pirates say... geez.
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Not really. If these companies have any sort of awareness at all, they would know their DRM does nothing to hamper piracy. It might stop casual pirates, i.e. friends installing the game on their friends computers, but it does nothing to stop online piracy.
I'm pretty sure there is no game that hasn't been cracked. Even SimCity was eventually cracked and it used always online DRM. If people are determined to pirate a game, they will find a way. All DRM does is hamper legitimate customers.