I'm a PC guy at heart and have owned gaming PCs since 1995 but I've been stuck with the PS3 in the past 3 years out of convenience since I think PC gaming honestly is very complex and it takes tons of time and energy to maintain your computer to be up to date and make the games work properly, you are constantly in battle against patches, drivers, viruses, bugs and crashes to desktop etc.
Anyway, I plan to get heavily into PC gaming again very soon (mostly because next gen graphics aka PS4Bone are a dissappointment and because CGI Quality and Zarx and others have promoted PC gaming so well on these forums). In the past I torrented (stole) nearly all my games. But now since I have missed several years of PC gaming I feel a li'l left behind and obsolete, so I don't know the current state of what's "the thing to do" in PC gaming, if the torrent thing still is the way to go or if Steam has replaced it somehow.
So simply asking, what downside is there to torrent/pirate my PC games compared to buying from Steam? What I am mostly after is, how is the Steam service made up nowadays, is there any authenticity checks and stuff that will reveal if my installed copy of a game is pirated or legit, and in turn will that affect me in any way when I am online on Steam - say, will my friends not even recognize that I own a certain title if its pirated, and do I risk being shut out from online multiplayer servers, will I not be registered for Steam Trophies etc? Stuff like that.
You can PM me if you want.
Note: forget the "you will get caught by FBI or the NSA" or "it's immoral and your a thief who steals from the poor developers" arguments. Those are important and interesting arguments but beyond the scope of this thread since I live in Sweden where getting caught for piracy is minimal and since the moral issue is subjective and a topic for another time and another thread).
I no longer support pirating anything, I used to pirate everything under the sun, but as I got older and more money I pirate nothing anymore. I will tell you this, no matter what you do, you can never be 100% sure there is not something wrong with the game, or some virus that snuck into your computer, that is the biggest drawback. Now saying that I don't go buying new PC games all the time, alot of times I wait for sales on Steam, which nickle and dime me here and here (I've bought atleast 10 games in the last 5 days for under 100 dollars).