This is probably one of the most awesome stories I've heard. While I do think that mainstream companies do stick it to the honest consumer, I know that small developers are hurt by piracy for sure. The guys that created Game Dev Tycoon have released a version on a Torrent site and this version has a "flaw" that makes it impossible to make money after a while. In the game, there are software pirates that steal and pirate software making it impossible to make money and you go broke. The irony is that it's pirates that are playing the game and getting mad that people in their virtual world are pirates!
"Why are there so many people that pirate? It ruins me! I had like 5m and then people suddenly started pirating everything I made, even if igot really good ratings (that I usually get). Not fair.
Is there any way to keep it from happening? Changing platform won't help."
"Back in the 80s and 90s I could easily make a 1m sales with 9-10 game but now its not possible due to the piracy. It says bla bla our game got pirated stuff like that. Is there some way to avoid that? I mean can I research DRM or something..."