You hit the spot. I'm not a gamer, but I do warez and willingly share my software to close friends mainly M$ OS and software, but also Adobe, and Macromedia applications that I rarely use privately, and therefore would never pay for anyway. However, at work I have need for such apps, and I've had companies that I work for buy licenses, and I’ve trained people to use the software, which translates into even more sold licenses. If I hadn't warezed these programs in the beginning, these later copies would never have been sold.
Initially I did warez because I couldn't afford to buy what I wanted to try out or learn. Lately, however, because I think that M$ policies are so obnoxious I wouldn't dream of paying for any of their software out of sheer principle. Is M$ loosing money. I don't think so. They are using all their might power to counter sue people they are crushing with their might, and to further force people to use whatever they spit out. Before you could install an OS and have it up and running in 15 minutes. Now I have spend at least two hours to get rid of all the crap the schlapp on top, trying to sell you sh*t you don't need, hijacking your home page everytime you do an upgrade, and practicing other extremely annoying behavior. On my personal computer it takes at least two days before I'm close to happy with the result, tinkering with registry settings, shortcuts, profiles, and services.
As my experience grew, my knowledge with these M$ products made me a professional, and now I work with it for a living. I have recommended, sold, and trained hundreds of people to use M$ products, so at the end of the day, M$ is the winner. These people wouldn't have installed or used M$ products if it wasn't for me. They think its too complicated, too expensive, etc. But after I've set it up, they are generally happy. M$ should pay me. If M$ were smart they would give out their software for free to schools and youngsters, and remove the annoying features. But they won't, because they are greedy, and then they whine when people like me aren't supportive of their actions.
Instead I'm a huge fan of shareware and freeware authors, and these are the people I give my money to -- all these little heroes that creates apps that make M$ OS bearable. Recently I started to use MacOS Jaguar, and I don't mind paying for it, because I feel I get my money's worth. Although I love my Windows after I've caged it into how I like it, I would never, ever pay for it. But that's jsut me.