This is what drives me crazy about pirates who claim they can't afford to drop $50 on a game, so they have a right to download a "trial" version, essentially, to determine if they want to shell out. For games like this -- very popular ones that are overproduced in their initial run -- there's really no reason not to simply wait for the price to approach nothing, which is pretty much where it is now. Even better, if you're contemplating a $50 WinPC game but are apprehensive, why not create a good library of classics instead? Half-Life is $4 (just $10 from Steam). Quake is essentially free. GTA3 is $4 + ship. GTA3:SA is $14. If you can't afford those prices, do what your parents did, young man, GET A JOB. THE BUMS LOST, LEBOWSKI!!!
Give me a break. End vent.
Then again, when you buy said game for $3 shipped, the game company gets the same amount they'd get from a pirate...nothing.
"Then again"? You mean "Even better," right?
I'm not arguing for obeying the law b/c I'm the proverbial company shill. Maybe Matt should make a bumper sticker that says, "Stick it to the man, legally. (cgmr.net)". If a company makes a product that ends up as its own worst competitor, well, you get the profit, if you get my meaning.