Is it wrong to use free copies of pirated video games I find online instead of buying it at the store or downloading it?
Here's the answer:
Using movies and video games that have not been properly purchased is theft. Using them does not honor God.
Among God’s commandments to Moses is the command that we are not to steal (Exodus 20:15). In Proverbs, God’s book of wisdom, we read, "Riches that are gained by sinning aren’t worth anything. But doing what is right saves you from death" (Proverbs 10:2). Paul spoke well in saying, "Anyone who has been stealing must never steal again. Instead, they must work. They must do something useful with their own hands. Then they will have something to give to people in need" (Ephesians 4:28). If there is a movie or game you wish to own, earn the money to purchase it honestly.
We often think that owning pirated video games or movies is a victimless crime, but video games and movies are expensive to produce, and their makers are entitled to payment for their time and talents. Taking movies and video games illegally is the same as stealing money from a cash register or shoplifting at a mall. Stealing is wrong and does not honor God.
"Do not steal" (Exodus 20:15).
"Nothing God created is hidden from him. His eyes see everything. He will hold us responsible for everything we do" (Hebrews 4:13).