I'm curious. How would you feel if someone pirated your game, then sent a $20 check to your office to be distributed to your choosing. In this scenario, "your" is the developer, not you individually.
Well, if they gave it to the developer, I would be sad, because the developer would be EGS and I guess he decided we don't deserve any money.
Jokes aside, I'd probably shrug and divide it up according to our distribution deal with EGS. It's a weird way of doing things, but if someone out there decided they had to have the game, and felt obligated to pay, but didn't want to use any established distribution routes. Of course, as we don't have an office, this is a bit academic.
By the same token, I'd also shrug and not care if someone told me they pirated our game because, say, they were literally living in some country where $20 is an immense amount of money. Despite my above argument, I have no stance on piracy as a moral behavior; mostly because piracy and morality are too complex, and are highly situational re: reasoning, etc.
However, I went to college with someone who went to national debates. I can smell a self-serving defense a mile away and I'm not interested in listening. If you want to tell me you pirated Recettear because you didn't think it was worth it, or you'd rather get something else with your $20, or whatever, fine- I'll shrug and walk away. Pirates, by and large, were never customers, and there's no reason to get pissed off over people who weren't going to buy it anyway. We didn't lose anything.
However, if you're going to lie to me and try to defend your actions with some flimsy defense, that will get me angry, because I don't like deception, even self-deception.
(NOTE: THE ABOVE IS THE OPINION OF THIS WRITER, AND NOT OF CARPE FULGUR. WE HERE AT CARPE FULGUR HATE PIRATES AND ARE PLANNING TO RID THE WORLD OF THEM WITH A SUPER-LASER.)