Lol Steam is a DRM, it is just done right :DA story now. In the recent Steam Summer Sale, Galactic Civilizations 2 became one of the flash deals. I think it dropped to about four quid. Despite owning the game on disc, I bought it again just for convenience's sake. Then I bought another copy for my girlfriend. Then I bought another copy for my friend. Why? Because it's a wonderful game that never ever treated its players like criminals. No DRM bull. No restrictions. A reasonable price. I thought it deserved my money, multiple times.
The past hundred years' brutal commodification of stuff, this vile transformation of everything into a protected product of inflated value, has been steamrollered by the advance and democratisation of technology. Progress has led us to a place where the only meaningful currency left is goodwill.
I just want to add my 2c's here. IMHO piracy is probably the most important advertising that a game can have, when people get their hands on the game and play it, they see what the game is and what it is REALLY like, not what hyped up videos and marketing make it out to seem like. Quite a few games with amazing concepts and brilliant trailers are actually giant let downs because the trailer doesn't tell you that the campaign is only 4 hours long, the story line is weak or that the game play is repetitive and tedious. However piracy is wrong. It is "stealing" and "I can't afford it" is absolutely no excuse. You don't NEED to be playing video games, you can go outside or watch TV and you can live without them. But I do think that it is a terrible idea for developers should leak a few levels of the game so that when the game actually gets released people will have a greater idea of whether they want to buy it or not [I may be deluded though]. But that is just an opinion. Whether you like it or not, gaming is growing because of piracy and if someone pirates the first game of a series, and enjoys it, they are more likely to support the franchise than continue to pirate it.
And having said ALL of that it really does come down the actual individual person and whether or not they are willing to pay for, delete or distribute after they have pirated it. That is something each person needs to decide.
That 6 step thing basically condones stealing in all facetsand I, feel that should not have been published by Eurogamer.