[QUOTE="snared04"]Sorry, if they're going to involve themselves in poor business practices, I'll do whatever it takes to protect my time and money. If they'd have better return policies and/or release demos, it might be a different situation, but I'm afraid neither of those things are happening at the moment. Sucks for them.Planeforger
That's nice in principle, but can you honestly say that you've gone on to immediately buy every single pirated game that you played for more than 10 minutes?
I'm betting that the vast (vast!) majority of pirates do not.
Actually I don't know that I can name a big pirating group (i.e. RELOADED, SKidROW, etc.) that doesn't say on their NFO files "pay for games and support the developers.". Yeah, you're right in assuming that some people are merely out there for free items, but at the same time I would call video game companies extremely unscrupulous in their dealings with people. Raise your hand if you're happy about DRM's for instance.
And like I said, I could go in and buy a book and bring it back for a refund -on that note I could go in, read through the first chapter without paying for anything-you can't do that with a video game. That's what demos are supposed to be for.
You can test drive a car.
You don't have to pay for a new house before you walk through it for the first time, before you get it inspected to make sure everything checks out, etc.
Almost every piece of merchandise or ownable anything in the world has some kind of demo or return policy... except video games. Even other types of computer software, like a Windows OS or Microsoft office allows you a free trial period. If video game companies have been having serious issues with pirating, then they have no one to blame but themselves. Everyone has been burned by a %@%#y game or ones that just plain don't work on their system, or require an inordinate amount of work to get working properly, etc. Video game companies and retailers don't want to deal with refunds and piracy? I think consumers don't want to deal with shoddy coding and refund policies that favor everyone but themselves. The market will, and has, found a way to balance things out.