I beg to differ
"But obviously, the reverse psychology bit doesn't work either. Fortunately for EA, if Spore and other headlining leaks like Wolverine can make tons of money despite the rampant piracy, there's a good chance The Sims 3 will be lining their pockets anyway."
Indeed, as usual, 1000 pirated copies don't equal 1000 lost sales. A lot of people download it anyway since it's possible and easy, try it, and leave it since it's not their thing.
They would have never paid 10 quids for it !
At contrary, 1000 legit users pissed off and prevented to play due to DRM = 1000 honest folks that won't purchase next game if DRMised. Spore was at least one lost sale on EA from me.
Just due to that, I'll purchase SIM 3, no matter how easily I could get it from da interweb.
Good to see EA back in sanity world !