I agree with gifgit. I was a kid when I got my first Amiga and I'd have to save my pocket money for weeks to get a new game - so rather then have no games to play I just got copies from mates and invested in an original of X-Copy
I don't regret what I did at all - It was seeing all the great cracktros that got me into coding. In fact, I often preferred looking at the cracktros to playing the games
If I could go back in time would I choose the legal route? ..... not a chance. I wouldn't trade my education of the 'scene' for anything.