Interesting read: What happens when pirates play a game development simulator and then go bankrupt because of piracy? | Greenheart GamesGreenheart Games
Long story short: A game developer released a game about developing games.
Confused? Gets better: They also "released" a pirated torrent version of their own game, with an added bonus: in the "pirate" version, the game developing company the gamer is running suffers great losses because of piracy.
Result: gaming forums filled with questions about how to avoid piracy and be able to play the game without pirates taking the in-game company down.
Actual quote from the game's "pirated" version:
Boss, it seems that while many players play our new game, they steal it by downloading a cracked version rather than buying it legally.
If players don’t buy the games they like, we will sooner or later go bankrupt.
Actual screenshot from gaming forums:
Reaction of another gamer:
I saved the article, reading it now every now and then to get a good laugh. What a genial social study!