EA combats Sims 4 piracy with unique bug

EA released The Sims 4 on PC this week leaving many gamers to plan either the alternate realities of their friends and family or just outright play God to completely random Sims. For those unscrupulous individuals who prefer to pirate their PC games rather than pay for them, EA has taken measures to ensure pirates don’t get the Sims 4 experience they’re looking for.

If you’ve played The Sims in the past, then you should be familiar with the pixelated block that protects their modesty when they’re doing more intimate things like taking a bath or using the restroom facilities. Once your Sim is done doing their business, the pixelated block will disappear and you’ll be able to proceed through the game. Well--that is, unless you’ve pirated your copy of The Sims 4.

Player Attack reports that in pirated versions of The Sims 4, the pixelated block comes up as it normally does during intimate moments. But when that moment is complete, the block won’t go away. Instead, it expands to the rest of the screen until the entire game is completely blurry.

What makes this experience even more interesting is the fact there have been people posting on the Sims 4 forums reporting on this apparent “bug.” Those posters are attempting to look for a resolution to have this problem fixed, although just admitting you have this very problem will just out you as a pirate.