And like most (if not all) pirates, I have my own set of excuses for acting this way. I'll now try to explain those in some detail, but the TL:DR version of it is: I pay for games what I feel they are worth for me. And to kinda prove I do pay for games, I've made my steam profile public and will leave it so for a while so you guys can check I do. You'll have to take my word regarding GOG, as I can't display my shelf, but I own exactly 300 games here. I do pay for games, when I feel like it. You can compare it to my list of pirate stuff.
In my zeal for getting things well explained, things got about as long as I feared this to get, so I'm pushing the area with my life story and several examples of games to another post below, go read them if you're bored. Also, feel free to cross check my pirate game directory versus the steam library, you'll find quite a lot of matches. And the ones not matched, I'll often either own on retail (and aren't available on steam/GOG) or I haven't really played them. The amount of games I actually played and not bought is rather small, I believe, and have a reason behind them (examples below). Once again, the TL:DR version is: I pirate, then pay what I feel the game is worth to me.
In any case, this all was sparked by the launch of the new Devil May Cry tomorrow. I've enjoyed most of the games on the franchise till now, but the story was getting rather stupid and I really wanted to see how they came out of there. Well, turns out they didn't bother, and just abandoned the old storyline to "revamp" a franchise which was actually doing good (as far as I know), swap the good old Dante for a drug addict and most probably retell the story from 1-3, which I already know. That's not cool, Capcom, as much as I like the franchise I can't support that move.
I was talking to a friend about it, and the matter of purchasing it came up. And that got me thinking: I can't support that move, but that's all marketing based. Should I make the decision based only on marketing? I'm sure there's going to be a pirate version available by Saturday morning. If I download and play it, I'm actually giving Capcom the chance of impressing me and make me change my mind. However, that's honestly hard to do, because they'll need to make me care enough for the new plotline to forgive them from abandoning the last. Merely killing things like before, with a few new enemies and weapons, won't cut it. Specially when I just got the steam versions of 3 and 4, and I could be using pandora. I'm pretty sure they can't come up with anything better than Pandora.
So I'm currently thinking about it. Should I pirate and beat the game, and so give it a chance for me to buy it (unlikely as it may be), or should I just ignore it? Does playing through the game and deciding not pay for it turn me into a monster pirate person, a hypocrite, or what? It's not like ignoring it isn't an attractive option, I have a big enough backlog of great games I want to play as well. Or I could just work, get my project finished early and spend next week visiting northern Ireland.
On either case, I just wanted to hear your thoughts on the matter. Also, while I realize I'm somewhat of an oddball for paying for games I already completed and I may not ever play again (i.e. The darkness II), I was curious as if I was the only one around who did that.
PS: I'll post the examples and the rest later, as if I double post both posts get tied and it seems to crash if it's too long.