Fair is really not that confusing here. IMO, what is fair, generally speaking, is whatever is being asked for.
The word "fair" meaning = I have the moral authority to deliver this product at X price. So when GOG offers something at 60% off, they have every right to do so as per the terms of their agreement with the owner. So in that case, yes, completely fair... even 99% off... completely fair.
"Fair" not meaning necessarily a "reasonable value." So MS Office might have a price of $75, that being the "fair" price but at the same time a bad value IMO. Just my 2 cents.
That's how I see it, feel free to go your own way...
We've also clashed about the word hypocrisy before and discovered that we slightly differ as to our conceptions on that.
A hypocrite is one who tells others to act or not act a certain way while persisting in the same behavior.* It doesn't matter whether one has done such a behavior in the past. For example, I used to take coins out of my mother's purse to buy baseball cards when I was a kid. I'm sure many have done the same. Still, if I ever have a kid and he does that, of course I'm going to tell him it is wrong. That is because I've grown up, I've matured, the kid hasn't done so yet...
* = with the exception of situations in which there are genuine differences between the people, e.g.: a surgeon is not a hypocrite for performing surgery while maintaining that non-surgeons should not perform surgery, etc.
When I talked about fair I was responding more to your (implied)belief that a creator should get fair compensation by the consumer for their work(And your statement that made it look like you thought/were accusing OP of not paying for the majority of the game he pirated.) by asking how paying less for a game on sale is any less "fair"(financial compensation wise) than pirating a game then buying it on sale later on.
(I hope I articulated my thought correctly this time....sometimes I think of things in my head and how to express them then mess up when I translate those thought into text.)
I messed up with my usage of the term hyprocrite/hypocritical...sorry about that. I meant to say that those who still pirate something while bashing/belittling those who pirate games & admit to it are being hyprocritical. Those who used to pirate who demonstrate the same behavior, however, aren't hypocrites but they have no place(imo) chastising/etc those who currently do so......or at least not in the manner some do it(rudely/on a high horse/etc).
I do, however, grow most vexed at "moral high ground" pirates. The OP is mostly fine in my book, he does it to see if he wants the game.. and it seems that he decides pretty quick and if he doesn't buy it stops playing.
It's the people who say "I pirate because ______" and act like that makes it OK to take the fruits of someone's hard work without acknowledging them for it that bug me.
It's OK though, because I know that those people will go to the Special Hell.. the one reserved for child molesters and people who talk in movie theaters. ;)
I sometimes explain myself to others about why I pirate, but that's mostly for two good(imo) reasons: Sometimes I do it to counter those sticking me/others into the same category as those who profit from piracy, and sometimes I do it because I feel compelled to explain my actions to others. It's not that I(and others) are always doing it for underhanded reasons(to feel better about what we do, to whitewash what we do).
Also is there room in that special hell for those who talk loudly on cell phones in libraries/stores/etc? ;)