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The industrial revolution caused massive unemployment, and it took the economy 60 years to catch up and start creating new jobs. If you lived after that period things got better as new tech created new jobs. If you lived during that period and weren't born wealthy life was Nasty, Brutish and Short. I'd like to skip that cycle this time.
Oh and there's one other thing: we're better at automation this time. So there's a good time the cycle will last a _lot_ longer. e.g. instead of 60 years of poverty we might be looking at 100, 200 or more while we wait for Star Trek style replicators and massive population declines to fix things.
OTOH you can see what happened when they tried the "hands off" approach with Aliens: Colonial Marines. The got taken for a ride. Too bad. After Gearbox patched it the game was a solid 5. Ok, playable, and kinda fun if you're an Alien's fanboy. Of course, the patch was larger than the base game, so there is that.
You're problem isn't with the laws, it's with the yahoos writing them.
And as someone who's burned discs in 2001 I wouldn't call piracy on the Dreamcast easy. You needed specific burning software, good quality discs and the know how to find isos. You've just taken out 95% of the market for piracy.
On the other hand Sega's Dreamcast marketing was terrible. They had the best looking games of all time and what did they do? Sonic rappin' with NBA Stars... Dear lord, what a mess.
Virtua Fighter 4
Virtua On Marz
Yakuza (multiple games)
Aliens vs Predator
The entire Total War Series
Hell Yeah: Wrath of the Undead Rabbit
I could go on. Yeah, Sega let some stinkers. But so did EA. See my post elsewhere in the thread for what really killed them.
So what else has Sega done wrong since the Saturn? Yes, the Saturn/32x were epic, epic failures. I guess there was Shenmue, but honestly that could have been it's generation's Grand Theft Auto.
Now, what's _really_ killing Sega is the same thing that's killing _all_ Japanese game makers: US and European companies are eating them alive. Heck, bloody Farcry 4 is selling well in Japan. Meanwhile Final Fantasy games are doing so-so.
There's a video blog that did a good video on it, I think it's here but I might have the wrong video. Either way the kinds of games the Japanese did best have been taken over by the likes of Call of Duty and World of Warcraft.
But there's another nasty side of Uber we haven't seen yet, which is that as work becomes more and more scarce you're going to see more and more people turning to it to pay rent. It's not so much the sharing economy as the desperation economy. That's the rub. Right now there are some drivers doing OK because $12/hour seems like a lot as long as nothing goes wrong, and there's plenty to replace them when it does. But it's a larger part of the race to the bottom that the modern world's caught up in...
See, once you start racing to the bottom there's no end in sight. And all the trickle down (voodoo) economics in the world won't save you.