I've been a fellow viewer for a long time and just want to chime in on this Piracy issue.
Developers are complaining about the piracy being so bad on the PC. I can relate that it's very easy to download a torrent and play the game, but their numbers seem a little odd. They state 80% are pirating their game and that they lost sales to the console version. Have they thought that maybe these people have already bought the console version and are pirating the PC version because they don't play on the PC 100% of the time? I personally think that these numbers of piracy would be a lot different if they took into account the people who already bought the console version vs. the PC version. I really don't know anyone who buys 2 copies of the same game.
On another note, do they have any evidence that the people who "pirate the game" would actually buy the product otherwise? I know a lot of people pirate games because they just want to play it for 20 minutes or what not. They really have no interest in the game at all. Just a thought.
Plus is it me or do you never hear, "Rentals are killing our sales?" With Netflix, Gamefly, etc... hurting their sales at all then? Because I know this if Piracy dissappeared from the PC, I still wouldn't buy some of these games and I would resort to renting instead.