Good. People would be faced with the fact that their commiting a crime, and this will lower game prices by $5-10.
I hope the 4th time (going online illegally) means jail. If it was up to me, thieves would go to prison.
*sigh* Nice altrusim there. First of all, no matter what, game prices won't go down. Stardock is the only publisher that doesn't throw games out for $50-$60 no matter how small or crappy they are. You see EA games doing that? No, it won't happen. It'll never happen. Ubisoft, EA, are just too big to give a damn. You'll still spend $50 for a short, buggy, lousy console port.
Secondly, piracy isn't theft. I swear to god I'm going to go apeshit on the next tool who thinks that they're the same. Theft is a FEDERAL CRIME, because you are taking someone's property. If piracy were theft, that'd equate to me kicking in the door of a developer, stealing their gold master disk, and every hard drive on it, so that all their work was gone and I owned it. Or it'd equate to me stealing my friend's CD without permission. Piracy is neither of those.
Piracy is a CIVIL MATTER because it's nothing more than mild copyright infringement. If you want to piss and whine about how pirates are criminals, guess what? All of you with pictures in your avatars that you didn't make are also 'thieves'. Every single one of you who has ever listened to a song on youtube is a thief. Every one of you who's ever posted an image on a forum you found on google images is also a thief.
I'm still unable to see anything fundamentally wrong with piracy that justifies the immature, childish reaction from 'gamers'. I've seen complaints that poor quality games is the result of piracy, and saying that we should buy it so that future games will be better. How does that make sense?
I'm a jaded, bitter pirate. I'll buy games that are good - I have SOASE, TOTA on here, I own countless games. I've also pirated lots of games. For example - I bought a copy of Splinter Cell: Double Agent. I've never finished it. The game was utter trash, barely playable on the PC. It would delete your saves, you could only have one at a time, the UI was unmanageable, it was a terrible port of a lousy console game. Ubisoft ultimately stole $50 from me.
I will never declare piracy as being some sinister crime until developers begin being held accountable for their games. I was robbed of $50, and I intend to get that back. I have NO ISSUES with pirating at lest $100 worth of software for that offense they committed. Crappy publishers and shit developers can do whatever they want... and nobody can do anything. Bethesda ruined The Elder Scrolls, dumbing it down for mainstream console trash. Only an idiot would think that game was good. And I'm going to pirate future Bethesda games as payback for what they did to the franchise - that goes for Fallout 3.
You want to make mainstream games for the retard Xbox 'gamers'? Go for it. But I will never give you money for going that route. You focus development away from the PC, I'm not going to help you do it.