1. I had no or little money.
2. My main gaming platform was PC. PC gaming here in Mexico is a niche market, most people play console or arcade games. The few original games you could find ,most of the time were pretty expensive. Some times I had luck and find cheap games on sale or bargain bins. Once I found a copy of Valve's Orange Box for 9 dollars. Or a boxed copy of Maniac Mansion.
3.When Internet connections became more common and faster, it was easier to search and download games.
But then I started to work, to earn my own money. GOG, Steam and other digital distribution sites appeared and I had no more excuses. Now I pay a fair price for the games, specially the games I've pirated. Last time I checked I have 400 games in my collection.
This said, I have no remorse searching for DRM Free or cracked copies of the games I bought or to try out games I´m interested in.
Now instead of pirating games, I pirate movies. Specially because here in Mexico, new movies arrive months or sometimes years after. "REC", for example, arrived 2 years after the premiere on Spain. Saw the DVD Rip of "V/H/S"months ago, but arrived here last week to some cinemas only. "Django Unchained" arrived to cinemas last week, found the DVD Screener one week before. http://www.cinemark.com.mx/Cartelera
Same story with "Les Miserables" here it's going to arrive to cinemas on Febraury 14th and I found the DVD Screener two weeks ago on a torrent site.
So now the problem is not the money. The problem is that the distribution channels aren' t fast enough. They still prefer the old and slow ways bceause they can win "more" money that way.