Ok, now, to understand this you have to have some basics:
a) I live in south america. Meaning: bandwith, lag issues. Currency issues. Piracy.
b) Iam a PC gammer who uses STEAM for online gaming.
c) This is the third world... I want to live in the second world but I havent found it yet.
Sometimes you cant fight something. In my case that my love for videogames is only shared with people I get to know throught internet sites with comunities like Destrucotid and a very happy few I know on life. But even those very few dont use PC as a gaming platform, a couple use the 360, the other two play WoW most of the time and thats it.
So Im not even able to find three companions for a Left4Dead match. Of course I can allways call some friends I got on STEAM, Dtoid guys are most of the time there.
But I just wanted to point out how sad it is that most of my friends, who play PC games on lanparty┤s, they refuse to jump the online service and pay to play, at least once, a game like TF2. Is sad because 15 usd a month in this country is not even a night out with friends, 15 usd cant get you decently drunk on a night club.
So I asked one of them why? The answer: "I believe internet "stuff" has to be free, I wont pay for a game".
So thats it, uruguayan people believe they are smarter than everyone else. Things like movies, videogames and books are "free" because they can get them on the internet. They allready pay for the broadband (if they are not stealing wifi access), so why pay for a videogame? They are free!!
Piracy is somehow normal around here, thats because currency issues like I was saying. 15 usd is not a LOT of money, but it can buy you stuff... and 50 usd is like groceries for a family of four for five days, maybe less depending on what you buy...
Bottomline I think that digital distribution is the way to go to fight piracy, eventually some people realize the pro┤s of getting legal stuff. Multiplayer, etc... At least in this country, but as the currency around here deteriorates against the dollar you wont get that many people to invest on things they cant touch. They rather spend that money on hardware.
For console users the situation is not good, 360┤s are all cracked, if they work on LIVE is because they spend hours on the internet updating whatever needs to be done to be able to play on LIVE without getting banned. They pirate games coz the cost of a retail copy via Amazon+fedex+taxes pushes the price tag to around a 100usd, and no used games market.