Poorly reasoned essay? I don't think so.
Saying that this article was poorly reasoned is, I feel, a little harsh. Naive perhaps, but that must make me naive too, because I agree with much of what was said.
Yes, I heard Looking Glass went under and I was sad to hear that. Yes, I played a pirated version of one of their games: Thief. And when Thief 2 was released I had the opportunity to get a pirated version of that as well. However, I decided I'd rather pay for it because I knew I'd be buying a quality game.
I play pirated games and if I like them I'll buy them (unless I finish the game before I get a chance to get to a games store :) I realise why people say that the argument James was making doesn't apply and that all piracy is pure evil. I've even seen a non-English speaker, who didn't have the vocabulary to say that the version of Red Hat he'd acquired had been downloaded and burned on to a CD, have all his questions ignored in the #linux channel as soon as he said "The Red Hat CD I've got is a pirate." In fact, I've seen someone kicked from #linux simply for also being in #warez. But despite what the people who say and do these things may think, James's argument that people will play pirated games and then buy them DOES apply. To me and to people I know. If we're in the minority, ainsi soit-il.