Contrary to what some people think, piracy can do some good. I know it because it happened to me.
I came from a low-middle class family, the only way I could really play game was thanks to piracy; I saved a ton of money to buy the console and 90% of my games were pirated (some were original).
But thanks to that I played so many great games that I otherwise would to have not played, and now that I'm an adult with a good income, I can buy them no problem.
Just to give a few examples:
1- Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, played pirated on the Wii; bought Awakening and Fates on the 3DS
2- Bioshock 1 and 2, pirated on PC; bought Infinite on PC when it came out
3- Monster Hunter Tri, pirated on the Wii; bought Monster Hunter 4 on the 3DS and recently World on PS4
4- 9 hours 9 persons 9 doors, emulated on DS; bought Virtue's Last Reward and Zero Time Dilemma on 3DS
5- Mass Effect 1 and 2, pirated on PC; bought Mass Effect 3 on PC
These are honestly just a few and the ones that immediately come to mind.
So to answer the OP question, yes I do think is okay to pirate games; maybe not everyone is like me and they continue to pirate, but I firmly believe piracy can work with some people.
That is BS reasoning.
Why did you play Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn or Monster Hunter Tri, or others in the first place? Because you were interested in them. You didn't accidently pirate them. You had an interest and went about your way to find a way to pirate them.
Your EXCUSE makes more sense if instead of pirating, a friend borrowed you some games he liked that you had never heard of. After playing them, you were a fan of the series then and later purchased games. But pirating, shows awareness of said game and doing the work to illegally pirate said game. Call a spade a spade. You were a thief back then.
If you were interested in Monster Hunter Tri on the Wii, but never got ot play it, why would you not be interested in Monster Hunter World when you do have a chance ot play it.
WhenI was younge,r I was too poor to go to baseball games. I can now afford it, so I do. I didn't lose interest all of sudden cause I was never able to go before.
Actually I didn't have any interest; they were so cheap (I bought at a place that sold 3 games for around $2) that I bought tons of games at once.
Never really looked into many of the games I bought; out of the list I mentioned, only 999 falls into your reasoning of interest, the rest were just 'screw it, is so cheap I might as well get them'.
I did play a lot of garbage thanks to that, but a lot of gems as well.
I'm not saying that I would have never become interested in those games, however as an adult that has to pay bills I can't just buy everything that I'm interested in, nor do I have the time. What those days did for me (and in return the developers) is warranty a buy, I loved them so much and still do that I almost immediately bought all the sequels.
No matter what people say, I have absolutely no regrets of my piracy time; the memories of those great games (that I'm able to support now) are some of the bests I have.