Meh. I know what you mean, dragon wench! I don't condone piracy in any shape or form, for any reason whatsoever, but when a company can't be bothered to make sure a game plays properly right from the beginning, they don't deserve our loyalty.
The Elder Scrolls has always been a very addictive series - which is why we put up with this sort of thing - but we really shouldn't let 'em get away with issuing games that don't function just because they feel they have to hit a deadline. I'd far rather they didn't give a date for issue until they were as near certain as they could be that they have a fully functioning game.
Surely, a good reputation is far more likely to result in in loyal, enthusiastic gamers who will recommend their games to others, thus bringing them more sales and higher profit margins?!