I understand completely. To be honest I use my 360 as a media server more than I play games on it.
movies and TV I never have the need to download since I have netflix and sites like hulu.
The problem with those sites is that it's all US domestic content, very little of which I'm interested in.
If I want political content there very few outlets in the US I can rely on for the truth. For music content...well there's not much and that's my buisness so I have to keep up with what's happening overseas.
The stuff I download and use my X360 to view is from the UK, Europe, and Asia.
(Not sure if you know this, but the 360 will play back a PAL xvid .avi on an NTSC tv w/o any issues!)
So I can download soccer highlights, political programming, and music programs and watch them on the big screen just like they were coming off the dish.
Those kids in europe, asia, etc who pirate games? Some of those nations don't have official channels for those systems, piracy might be the only way for them to play anything. I can't make excuses or reason any of that, since its not my situation. I can say in the US, theres no good reason except to play game for free.
I don't disagree...but I didn't make that point to justify the behavior. I was trying to make you aware of something you might not be aware of but should know to have a complete picture of the trend.
I'm a very curious person and I do a lot of research on issues that grab my attention. Just thought I'd share considering your level of interest.
As for prices...that pisses me of as well but only on the digital distro front. I buy a lot of games through Steam because I've got enough clutter as it is and adding another HD is easier than adding another shelf.
Got probably $500-700 worth of games in two accounts.
I really like their set up, ease of use, etc...but what pisses me off is that the games are always full retail or more!
I thought the whole point of digtal distro was that it was going to be cheaper for the consumer because the publisher wouldn't have to actually pay to put a physical box on a shelf.
Two years ago I was paying $35 for PC games on sale the first week of their release at BB. Now they are $50 via Steam.
WTF? Where's the benefit?
I guess that's why the game industry is at an all time time high right in profits right now, makes more money than Hollywood and the music biz combined.
Like you said though, at some point they are going to kill the golden goose by overpricing the games.
Creating an audience for your product and then pricing them out of being able to afford it is not a winning strategy.