I think one thing we don't talk about with piracy is actually the positives it can have. I was burned out on Far Cry by the time 3 came out, after saying no more playing the awful Wii one and having skipped 2 entirely, my friends kept telling me how amazing 3 was, so knowing I'd never buy it even at discount I looked for a demo, couldn't find one so I yarr'd it, played it for two hours, fell in love with it and bought it new off Amazon for console and a Steam copy too along with the dlc. I bought Blood Dragon on launch day as well as 4 and all it's DLC which I had for console and then recently picked up the DX edition on Steam. Heck, I already pre ordered Primal. What I'm saying is, while I wouldn't do that anymore quite often people use torrents and piracy because the developers don't put a demo out.
Yeah.... But no.
We're not talking about Ubisoft and a guaranteed million-seller here, but an indie game and developer. Even if people like The Witness because they pirated it, if the studio goes under and J. Blow can't make a new game, we don't care about the "positives" of piracy. Lots of games are pirated, it's just a lot more hurtful for an indie developer. The price also has nothing to do with it (Portal 2 didn't have more content and was $60 for example). People just don't care. If it's $5, they buy it because they don't care about such a small price and can afford to "lose" this money, but they don't care what the game is really worth. A player will pay 5 or 10 bucks for a game worth $1, but will cry if we ask 30 or 40 bucks for a game worth 60.
I agree with others, all games should release on console first, and 6 months or a year later on PC, after the game brought some money already. A lot of PC players don't pay their games full price, they pirate it or wait for Steam sales. So it's useless to give them the new releases if the studios wants to make money. And if PC players keep at it, we will have online verification and other DRM for all games. Too bad J. Blow couldn't afford Denuvo or another tool like that.