Coelocanth, what he meant, I think, was that he buys software but THEN pirates it, in order to rid himself of the DRM.
And to that, Olegdr, I say then they see your purchase and think "See? Our customers don't mind the DRM! Maybe we can get away with a little more..."
The point of ANY total boycott is: 1) they know WHY you're boycotting, and 2) they pay attention, because their sales are shrinking.
If you buy and complain, why would they listen? If you PIRATE and complain, you get Riccitiello's self-satisfied attitude.
No you misunderstood me, I never buy DRM games. However I do pirate and then buy nonDRM games that I think that deserve my money. (The only DRM games I bought were the HL2 series from Valve and the Orange Box.)
I was excited as hell this year about Mass Effect coming for the PC and was sure that there would be nothing to stop me from buying it, turns out that EA and Bioware made the one thing that did. If the official MEPC boards archive that far enough, you'll see the original question about copy protection that started the whole thing was asked by me. I was also planning on getting Red Alert 3 (I own almost every game in the C&C series since the original was released). Well that's another one I'll go to the torrents for, and with the money that was meant for it I ordered The Witcher instead.
And Coelocanth, I decide what my rights are, and securing the revenue of giant multicorporations that piss on me as a customer is not something I see I owe. As I said, I am in control, not them. I decide what to play and how.
Luckily I also live in a country that has not turned into a copyright police state just yet (or hopefully anytime soon), so it's gonna remain like that...
P.S. If you think any amount of people not playing the game is gonna change EA's stance on the issue you simply don't realise what kind of company you're dealing with.