cliffski. I bought democracy 2 from you a few months back and I throughly enjoyed it. However the way you are acting on here is shameful. Stop griefing people for god's sake. As you are an independent games developer you have an interesting point of view to bring to this debate.
Now, doing a quick search for Democracy 2 on a torrent search site I find that it has been downloaded nearly 1000 times. How do you perceive that? Do you believe that if some cracker hadn't hacked your game and put it on the internet that all 1000 of these people would have gone to your site and purchased your product?
My opinion would be that 99% of people who download games and other media from the internet illegally would never have purchased the item in the first place. They are either downloading to give them something to waste more of their pathetic lives on, or they are downloading more than they could legally purchase anyway (due to financial restraints).
Now if you had put this level of "protection" on democracy 2, I would not have bought your game. You would have lost me as a sale. Because the game was a present for my dad to play on his laptop when he goes away on business trips and holidays.
As I said on the Bioware forums. Treating me like a criminal and making me phone my parole officer every 10 days is total bullshit and I am now torn between I game I have looked forward to for over a year and not buying it for my principles.