I'm a gamer. A "Serious Business" gamer at that. I have no problem whatsoever compensating developers for their hard work, and currently have a collection of over 500 games, all legit.
What pisses me off, however, is the region locking. To this day, I have a selection of about 30 titles that are not available on European hardware I want to buy and Play.
I have a Gamecube Freeloader, a Dreamcast Regionpass, and SNES, Saturn, and N64 converter carts - all devices that bypasses the region code - and only the region code - that lets me play a sleuth of games that never came out in PALland, no piracy involved.
There was a Wii version too - until Nintendo disabled it in a firmware update. DSi also has region coding, their first handheld to do so.
On the other end of the scale, and to their kudos, PS3 games don't have regional coding, and it's optional on 360 games.
But the bottom line is, if I want to play certain titles on current gen hardware, you've got to either;
a) Buy another region's hardware
b) Buy a modchip
c) Suck it up and stew about it until your ready to explode in frustration, waiting another six months for a game you want to come out (Smash Bros.), or play the game at full speed (Starfox), or find out the launch was cancelled by lack of regional interest (Grandia III).
I choose C, but can perfectly understand anyone that chooses route B, and until all this regional bollocks is stripped out, Modchips will always have a legitimate use in my mind.
Love Games. Hate market Segregation and Piracy.