If a video game you pirated turned out to be really good and reasonably priced by the developer, but game was released under a free (as in freedom) software license, which basically makes "pirating" it legal, would you purchase it afterwards?
No, I would pirate it and then later bitch about any change in the series direction as though my opinion as a non-paying customer mattered at all, completely failing to see how retarded I am.
No. It's very unlikely I would pirate a game that is easily purchased unless it is really old, and I don't really care at that point about purchasing it to vote for it with my money or something. If its an indie developer and I care about the developer then I would have paid from the start.
But your scenario is more like "the game is freeware, but with a suggested price". Fucking programmers and their open source definitions, as far as I'm concerned a free software license is freeware when it comes to video games. I wouldn't pay the suggested price since the idea is such a terrible business model. Describing this idea as going against the tides of economics would be like saying a man swimming around the globe is going against the tides of the Pacific.
Edit: to add some examples about freeware purchase: I never paid for Spelunky and I never paid for Cave Story until I got it in a 1 dollar bundle with something else I wanted. Both are excellent though even in their freeware incarnations, and would be well worth a full retail price.
I've bought every Touhou game I've owned though. One man developer who makes a game that was mind blowing the first time I played it = I care enough to support the developer. If the first game I heard about didn't have a free demo though I probably wouldn't have bothered though.
>but game was released under a free (as in freedom) software license, which basically makes "pirating" it legal
That's not what this means. Free like free speech, not free beer.
The freedom to make copies and give them to as many people as you like is guaranteed in free software. This means you can legally torrent it without fear of the developers/publishers suing you.
That's not the same as pirating the game. I can download and share the doom 3 source code but I can't distribute the assets that you'd need to play the game. This is why open arena exists.
If you didn't care, why would you only do it to a free software game? You could do it to any game, free or proprietary (and this does happen, though with the goal of expanding a bitcoin mining botnet instead of ruining a reputation)
Proprietary like you said you can only do so much with. Anyone who wants to go legit would buy it from official sources and to pirate it you have comments that would alert people
For free software you can easily mimic the original developer. ICANN allows for non-latin characters now
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Probably not. If they're giving it away, why would I? If someone invites you over for a beer, do you then buy it from him once you've drunk it?