1. Are you really buying every title that you first pirated? Really? If that's truly what you're doing, then, no, there's nothing wrong with that. You'll forgive me, though, if I have my doubts-aren't you impoverished? In any case, it's a pretty major exception that, in a broader discussion of piracy, doesn't concern me.
2. I think you're still ignoring why
I think piracy, in a narrow definition, is wrong, whether or not the victim is rich. You've clearly decided what you're doing isn't wrong, but seems like a pretty inward-looking decision-it's not wrong because it's different, it's wrong in the sense that it seems selfish and disrespectful to game designers. There are plenty of parallels that have been made so far where we'd consider it wrong in those circumstances, but I think the anonymity of piracy and the relative wealth of the victims makes it feel OK to you. That, or pirating out of spite because you don't like a company. Like I've said, I think that kind of reasoning does not go to the principles of the issue that I'm concerned with.
3. It seems like your "need" for games is kind of serious, and probably not healthy. I mean, if you're not willing to save, wait, or simply not play all these new games, like you've already said, then something is kind of messed up. At that point, I'm not even sure morality is the proper way to reason this issue, as I don't think it's at the heart of why you pirate.
4. So, I think I'll just drop all my morality arguments. If getting so many new games right away is a "need", and you clearly aren't willing to follow Irenaeus's advice, then nothing I can say is going to persuade you.
No keep replying....I find this discussion pretty enlightening and interesting actually.
1. I am buying every titles I first pirated to try out if I liked it and kept playing it....not the ones I didn't like after pirating and immediately deleted(like after a few hours or so of play at most). I also buy bthe ones I pirate and keep when they go down to where I can afford them thus money is an easier pill to swallow as an issue then.
2. You find it disrespctful and I don't....again we have different moralities so of course our views on what's morally wrong or not will be different. It doesn't make the piracy I adhere to morally wrong universally though, no matter how many people think it's wrong short of everyone thinking it's wrong....which i'm sure isn't the case nor will it ever be the case in the future as people will always be divided on this issue......thus it isn't morally wrong in basic principle as it isn't universally thought of as such.
3. It's part of why I pirate, but not the be all end all.....I also often make a choice even when my ocd isn't called into a situation of whether to pirate a certain game or not due to outside/internal stress/etc factors, which is decided by other things besides my ocd and need to have the games I want. I also weigh the pros and cons and if I want to play a game I get it and "try it out"......and actually, one could say alot of gamers have an "addiction" to games, be it of a certain series or genre or what have you.
4. Again it's not just a need but based on my own morality....the need/ocd aspect plays but a minor part in my decision making process on occasion based on certain titles/genres I feel the "need" to own more than others (for whatever reason), whereas games I sort of want or don't know or feel much about and which I end up getting anyways are based on other factors(morality/views/etc being a major deciding factor in those cases of piracy). In summary some issues are not universally moral one way or the other, but can seem to be based on our own moralities/views or those of the groups around us. As such, what you say for the most part isn't going to "persuade" me that my brand of piracy is morally wrong universally as it isn't. It's only generically morally wrong to many people which isn't the same as if it were somehow universally morally wrong.
(Which it isn't(again), btw.).
We just have two majorly opposing viewpoints on the issue and as such our minds are going to see the other viewpoint as "wrong" and try to correct the problem that we perceive.....which is fine to a point, as differing viewpoints can often lead to debate and discussion and the broadening of one's own horizons if the one trying to "show them the light" isn't being totally overt or forceful about it(you weren't btw, I am talking in general here.).
As for Irenaeus...he made some good points, but again they're not my thing for various reasons(some small due to need/ocd, major differences in how I do things due to my own moralities, enot liking casual free games that much, etc.)
Again, I just don't get it. Maybe I'm being stupid, but there's loads of games I'd like to play but I'm not going to, because I can't afford them. So I'll just wait a few years before buying them. Besides, I have a big backlog of $2 games to play :D I'm not disputing that the new games cost ~$50, I'm disputing why you "need" to play them. If you need to play something, play a game that's 10 years old and costs $2. If you look at what you "need" in life, it's (a) water, (b) food, and (c) warmth. Anything after that is a bonus (not to say they're not worth having though!) :)
You say I should play a game years later when it costs less, and I do this already. I simply pirate it first so I can play it and then buy a cheap copy of the game after the fact....it's basically the same thing, except for being illegal and all. Oh and some find it morally wrong. As I do not I go this route instead of the route you propose and the industry still gets the same amount of money than if i'd waited and NOT pirated and still bought the game for less later on anyways. As such, if the industry still gets x amount of money from me either way and one route give me instant "gratification" and the other does not(and piracy also copying rather than stealing things is another +! factor imo when doing such things), then of course i'm going to go the route that meets all my criterion and feels morally right to me.
Also, you may "only" need water/air/food/etc....but alot of people "need" other things for various reasons......some fanboys need x game because it's one of their favorite series's new titles, or they "need" to play it for some other reason....and some also "need" spiritual guidance whereas others feel spirituality isn't necessary for life and/or that it's a farce and unnecessary for humanity to survive or live their lives. Everyone does have basic needs, as you imply, but i'm not talking about basic needs here......but personal needs and other such needs.
Lastly, why do you feel the need to convince me(subconsciously on your part or not) to "convert" to playing games when they become cheap and not pirating them first even though they both produce the same end result? Just curious here and you haven't answered this as of yet.