Originally Posted by Lord Riton
C'mon.. You do not really beleive what you wrote here, do you ?
Thats just some wish thinking. Piracy will NEVER help to sell more games, NEVER !
Okay, wasn't around for a bit, so some additional food for thoughts :
1.) You pay the publisher, not the developer of the game. Of course they can can support innovative developers with that money, but more likely they invest in concepts that paid off in the past and spend the odd buck on new games, not the other way around.
2.) I wouldn't be too confident about how little people use pirated games as a test version before they buy the game. Also I don't think that the statement 'people who accept/use pirated software wouldn't have bought the original anyway' is that far off. Just saying that piracy = lost sales might not be 100% true.
3.) That said, of course piracy hurts the software market, but if you look how the market (i.e. sales) has grown during the past 20 years, it can't be that bad as the publishers claim.
Anyway, my main point is that piracy played a minor role in the demise of the Amiga and I don't think that a system has ever died because there was piracy on it.