Yea Piracy is too easy. I dont pirate PS2 games because of the risk of damaging the hardware with soldering and its hastle with swap magic.
However with PC games, its a case of finding the game on usenet, download in3 or 4 hours. Mount the image with full emulation and play.
Tomb Raider legend was put on usenet only a few days after its release. I didnt download it though....looks shit.
But now there is less need for cracking, I can bypass the protection without a NOCD crack using deamon tools and starfuck etc.
I only buy games for consoles and online games that need a valid cd key.
Steam is the way forward, they charge relatively little for their games and they have unlimited replay value. £15 for a great online game that you can play for a few years..