>>I am bitching becuase Unreal 2 is part of a large trend of this kind of shit.<<
Previews are written before a game is done. Developers are often joyous and excitable about what they are trying to create. Expectations and reality often differ, it's what the word "expectation" means. Most of the logical world realized a long time ago that what they read in a preview may very well not be what they get.
>>You say overadvertising is common place and I should just watch TV for some good examples?<<
Actually I'm just saying that you should read reviews before (not) buying games and base your expectations on the game when it's released, not when there is still months left in it's development and lots of things could go right or wrong.
>>as I was lied to about the product from the get-go anyway<<
No, you can't understand the difference between someone saying "this is what we are trying to make" and a review saying "this is what they made".
>>reducing their profits is my responsibility in a free market system.<<
You know, I really don't have much against pirates or warez. I understand it's part of an electronic commodity. But I really find it annoying when pirates either a) bitch about something they stole or b) try to make it sound like they're doing something noble.
Your responsibility in a free market system was to either pay for something you wanted, or not pay for it and not get it. Stealing is never a responsibility in a free market system, it's a crime and a detriment to a free market system. If you don't believe me, look up such simple concepts like "TANSTAAFL" and "Buyer Beware". In the meantime, get off your high horse like you just stood up to the system.
>>Developer: "The last game we made sucked shit and is not being played by anyone, and we are losing money because people are stealing it." RegularX: "QUICK! Make another crappy game, that'll do it!"<<
Profits make games. Pirates lower profits. Enough people steal from the developer's till and they'll have to cut the margins on their next cycle. The result is someone trying to make the next Deer Hunter instead of the next Half-Life. A cheap game for low risk and high profit, not an expensive one that "rebels" like you probably just end up downloading from KaZaa. It's pretty simple economics, actually - but you don't care because you're too busy being pissed off because someone "lied" to you.
>>being a thief does not change my attitude about people lying to me, or the principle of lying to me<<
It's game development. Things change between previews and reviews. Get that in your head and stop being such a victim about something that did you and the community no harm.