I rarely use torrent sites, and when I say rarely, I mean RARELY, however, I do so, on occasion.
I am a full-time online college student studying Game Design. I am a father of 2 children, one of which is 6 and I home school her. I work from home as a personal assistant, also online and over the phone. Needless to say I am pretty busy, but I do most of my things from online on my laptop. It goes without saying that sometimes I have to miss my favorite TV show, and sometimes it's not available to watch on the networks website, so I do use pirate bay to download an occasional show I have missed.
Now onto games.
If I see a PC game that I think I might like to play, I always look for a demo first. If, and only if, I CANNOT find a demo, I will resort to torrents to find a pirated version only to try it out. If I like it, I buy it and remove the pirated copy. If I don't, I remove the pirated copy. Case in point, another indie game called Timber and Stone was on Pirate Bay a month ago and I happened to stumble upon it. I saw it used to be on Kickstarter, but when I found it on PB and went to their website, it was only in beta and only playable after you donated through Paypal. So I downloaded it, tried it, loved it, removed it, made a donation, and now play it officially and legally. The same goes with Prison Architect. I found it a few days ago on PB and checked out the site, and it looked very intriguing, so I took a chance, downloaded it, and tried it out. LOVE IT! So as much as it REALLY FRIGGIN' SUCKS TO WAIT, lol, I have uninstalled it, and am waiting until payday to pay the $50 to get involved legally and officially.
So in conclusion - as someone stated earlier in this thread - Pirate Bay is definitely good PR because it brings more gamers to PA that might have otherwise never known about it. I subscribe to PC Gamer and Game Informer and never heard a mention of Timber and Stone or Prison Architect, and if not for Pirate Bay, at least to this day, I wouldn't have been made aware and never would have donated or made plans to.
TLDR; I don't normally use torrents, but I want to demo games that don't have official demos, so I do use torrents occasionally. If I like 'em, I buy 'em. Did it with Prison Architect, and am now paying soon to make it official. So in a way, Pirate Bay is good 'cause otherwise I would have never found PA.