"3) I am a cheap ass."
So you probably wouldn't buy it, anyway.
If a cheap ass REALLY wanted something, and there was no other way to obtain it, they would pay for it. At least the ones I know would.
"4) There is no such thing as copyright (or shouldn't be)."
This is a perfectly reasonable position, which I take.
"11) It is just normal human nature to take the product of others' labor without compensating them."
Actually, it is. Copyright is a new invention. Look up history. Funny thing is that we had music, paintings, books, architecture, and all that, long before copyright. I know, it's hard to believe!
You cannot compare creations of the past to creations of the present. Before computers and electronics, the only way to create a 1:1 replica of art was to labor over it again. There was some work involved in copying other people's work which may end up being no less difficult. With a video game, I put in no effort to create a copy indistinguishable in any way from the original.
"7) I do not want to try the demo because the only meaningful way to try out a game is to try out the ENTIRE game."
Games still have demos? Wow, must be, what, one or two such games a year? The only demos I have heard of in recent times were released AFTER the game. Not much help there...
What if we operate on the assumption that there is a demo available before or at the time of release. Would this argument still hold?
"8) Who cares if there is 99.9% piracy, all the developers need is to make just enough money to fund developing another game"
Not me, because there is not 99.9% piracy. Nice straw man bashing, though.
You're reading too much into this one just so you can say that it is a meaningless argument. Ignore the number, it's not important. The idea that developers only need enough money to fund their next game is the point here.
"12) Pirating something NEVER results in a lost sale. Not even when spread over thousands of people."
Has one person ever actually argued this? Curious because I'd love to hit them with a large blunt object. If they haven't, I guess I'll hit you instead...
No need to get violent.
"14) Personal honor is such an outmoded concept anyway."
Call me when the megacorps whining are any more honorable.
The people involved with the game want compensation for their work. I see nothing dishonorable about that.