Some, perhaps most, people in industrialized countries have the luxury of seeking out media they care about and stories that speak to them, and they can afford to support that work with their money. But for others like me, it can feel like a seemingly insurmountable struggle. To live even in relative poverty deprives of you new ideas; it deprives you of the tools and education you need to escape. In the most severe cases, it locks you out of society–out of voting, out of socializing, and out of connecting with others.
This is obviously a very personal decision that we all make, but I disagree with large portions of this article.
When I was younger there was the barest of excuses for video game piracy due to the lack of free options and my family was poor. There are more options now. For people who live in the United States or other countries that have internet access and libraries you can borrow books like I did when I was younger, and now you also have access to an enourmous library of free (both as in speech and as in beer) games available for a free operating system or on Windows and Mac OS X.
The one thing that bothers me about those options is that I no-longer have a good place to point people who are looking for good, free games. That used to be the Linux Game Tome, or even my own LGFAQ game list, today I’m not sure where to point people besides the Internet Arcade at archive.org.
Everyone I know who worked on games for Linux over a decade ago is now a professional game developer working on big games like Call of Duty and others great places if they decided to keep doing it.