Note I never made that statement. I said people say "my $40 purchase will not effect the game developers", if only we got 100% of the cash people pay for a game but as you know shops, manufacturing etc all get their cut.
The point I am making is people keep saying, well they would not pay 500 dollars for it so they have not lost 500 dollars of sales. That is factually true but just like a car thief does not pay for the car does that mean they can keep it? Your point might be true on lost monetary sales figures but that does not make stealing OK or acceptable . Or are you saying if cannot afford something it is OK to steal it?
You almost made the exact kinda quote which annoys me with this stock piracy anti DRM comment.
A student can by a student version of Maya and other expensive packages at a discounted value which is a lot under the massive 500 dollar plus prices for commercial usage. I agree you cannot say the company lost 500 dollars for every pirate but the way you make it sound like this is not theft. Then again we are talking about games (not expensive packages) your "14 year old" plays to the end and finishes stolen/hacked games. That is wholesale theft. If you do it fine I can't stop anyone but please don't try and tell me they are not thieves. I learnt when I was young that if you cannot afford it you can't have it not that you can have it for free because software is not really tangible or an actual physical object.
Take money, profit etc all out the window and just get down to the plain facts. You take something that is not yours without contract or paying for it it is called stealing. If you take software from a company without permission that would fit under the stealing bracket. The first step to understanding is if you steal software and don't pay for it you accept you are a thief.
You can cut it anyway you like, you cannot afford to buy software so you steal it, but what gets me annoyed is people who say well it is not a lost sale as I cannot afford it so that makes it OK and not stealing.
DRM is one thing, theft of software is another. I don't like DRM but because of people thinking, saying and even acting that stealing software is not theft and "hey I would not/ cannot afford it" excuse DRM is here to stay. The more pirates hack the more complex DRM will get, if people did not steal DRM would not be needed. So if you want someone to blame, blame the guy(s) who says "I can't afford this and steals it" as well as the horrible DRM they are intrinsically linked!
And before anyone asks I am not saying I am whiter than white I am just saying if you do steal something at least have the balls to say "I stole it" instead of hiding behind "I would never have bought it" excuse. The first step to lowering piracy and by that hopefully DRM is by making piracy accepted as theft in society at large not this grey area where it is almost seen as OK or a small offense everyone commits.