I've been using purchased, licensed software since I was 19 years old with a crappy Taco Bell job. Now, 12 years later, there are so many free/cheap alternatives out there I don't understand why anyone would really need to warez anything. The only time in recent memory that I had to spend more than ~$30 US was when I bought XSI... And at $500, that was quite a deal. There is also a long assed thread here: http://forums.indiegamer.com/showthread.php?t=6708 ultimately leading to here: http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview.aspx?catid=33&threadid=1837696&enterthread=y With a gigantic list of cheap/free stuff. So if you're wondering how we get by with no budget, you should find plenty of clues there.