Jools, you HAVE to know that the web has spoken, and no matter what someone in the industry says about piracy, Go Nintendo (and their ilk) will ALWAYS twist your words to say the same thing. this being, "derp, pirating's bad, mmmkay." it's because they're beholden to the industry, of course. what do you think would happen to all those freebies that RMC gets if he states on his site that piracy isn't all bad? (it's not all bad, btw, there are MANY positive results of piracy) the industry is forcing it's opinion on it's less able minded followers in order to continue their impossible to maintain year over year sales numbers. seriously guys, open your mind for just a second and see that you're all being led by the nose here... a pirate is NEVER going to pay for this content EVER, so you're not really "losing" anything, not a sale, not a fan, nothing. please stop complaining about money when you're part of the biggest money making industry in the entertainment sector. perhaps those ds games just weren't all that good (gasp).
afterall, where is there any proof that a free download is a lost sale? you'll only find opinion on this subject, there aren't any facts to base any real discussion on. as long as videogames are priced the way they are, there will always be pirating. it's simple mathematics. i don't believe a programmer is entitled to anything, not fans, not guaranteed profits, a fair marketplace, nothing. if you like to make games, make games. if you have talent, you will succeed financially (as Jools himself is a good example). if you can't make a living off of your games, the fact is, you're doing it wrong. take some personal responsibility, and stop blaming the people who (usually) can't even afford your product. they're certainly NOT the reason a game fails to sell.