I'm sure they're concerned that I'm not giving them money. No idea why
I would care about that. I still haven't taken anything from them, so
it isn't stealing... It's okay to infringe a copyright if you weren't going to buy it anyway
I'd argue the point, but I'm just dumbfounded by how utterly naive, selfish, and willfully ignorant that entire post is.
takes effort to make the product. The cost of reproduction or lack
thereof is irrelevant and does not negate the effort of the initial act
of creation, or the rights of those involved to receive compensation.
As a non-essential product you have absolutely zero right to it on any terms other than those set by the creator.
This is the very foundation which permits people to make creative works
for a living in the first place; the end result of a world where your
beliefs were true (all intangible creations are free) would be one
where the only games, entertainment, and art are those made by
hobbyists. That means nothing would likely be created that couldn't be
done by small groups at minimal cost. More specifically, it would be
the end of console games, and PC games would be limited to small-scale
projects doable by people in their spare time. Those that do exist
would suffer from volunteer-only support, spontaneous abandonment due
to "real life" concerns of the creators, and simple burnout before many
projects even get finished.
If you dislike
the terms, you have the option to do without--claiming that you would
not compensate the creator anyway is no justification. It only proves
that you've never attempted to make a living from creative work, and
think little of those who have.
I'm middle ground, so I neither support piracy nor feel much ill against (certain) people who do it, however I must act as devil's advocate here.
The issue as I see it is exactly what Stardock (may God, Woden, and fate bless them and keep them safe) has fought so hard against. When you see a painting that you wish to purchase or some other "creative work", you are immediately capable of deciding if it is pleasing to you and making an, and here's the important part, INFORMED decision on if you should or should not go through with the purchase. This is not the way with games.
Games are like little possible pandora's boxes, they're maybe or maybe not filled with all sorts of sins and nastiness. Of course, they're also filled with hope. Now, a customer can't tell exactly what's in the box when they purchase it. All they have to go on are box blurbs, some (probably) doctored screenshots, and reviews which are, honestly, not all that trustworthy (after all, how do you give an objective score or rating to an abstract sense of "fun"??)
Furthermore, if the purchase this customer makes is not to their liking they do not have, as with many other creative products, the ability to return or (easily) sell it. If they do manage to return or sell it they are, all too often, fleeced and lose 60-90% of their original cost. This is, after all, how the Gamestops make most of their money, but screwing over people trade in games, but I digress...
Point is, people SHOULD pay for the quality productions of creative minds. However, those customers must be assured that they are going to recieve a QUALITY product. For the time being this is very much not the case; for every good, creative product there are fifteen more that are absurd, rushed, worthless attempts to treat customers like blithering idiot moneybags. The DRM issue just adds further insult but I won't even get into the worthlessness of that draconian system, i've seen better treatment of citizens in Hammarabi's Code.
Stardock is a good sign, they acknowledge the need for quality products. It's a shame that people continue to pirate them, but what can we do short of Martial Law and iron fist crackdown(and if it comes to that i'm picking up my rifle and marching on Washington, thank you very much). Truth is there will always be those who pirate. Hoping for otherwise is as foolish as wishing for war to end among humans, unlikely at best. The best we can do is treat those on the border with respect and mantain dignitas: maybe if those people are treated well they will be that fewer pirates roaming the wastelands that are teh interwebs.