“the PC hardware industry sees game piracy as a “hidden benefit” towards increased hardware sales.”
Absolutely true. For example, I can afford to get a new video card every 12 months because I pay NOTHING for video games. Hell, I just bought an ATI HD 4850 last month for $200. Now my downloaded games will look even better and run faster.
Now, I know some of you are thinking, “But Duke, don’t you feel bad that the makers of those games you download are shafted out of $60”? Nope, because I’d never pony up that kind of coin for a game in the first place.