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Game Dev Tycoon hacks pirates' version of game

By John Keefer, Apr 29, 2013 10:30am PDT

Game developers and publishers have been fighting piracy for some time. It seems games are cracked and posted on torrent almost as soon as they are released. One developer fought back with a killer scorpion, but another has decided to give pirates a taste of their own medici...

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"Apparently I was on fire last night and didn't even know about it. Oh well"

- rtrson see all 67 comments

DreamRift co-founder: publisher piracy fears lead to unambitious games

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 11, 2013 3:00pm PST

Is a pirated game truly a lost sale? Do some people buy games after playing a pirate copy? In a way, it doesn't really matter. The mere belief amongst some publishers that hardcore gamers are frightful pirates is why the DS and 3DS are given over to safe bets like licensed g...

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"While you may not like Halo, Call of Duty, or the Grand Theft Autos of the world, others do, and ..."

- Sephiras see all 5 comments

Minecraft creator Notch chats about design, regrets and piracy

By Garnett Lee, Mar 12, 2012 11:15am PDT

Minecraft creator Markus 'Notch' Persson took the stage for his "fireside chat" with a beer in hand. The fireplace was naturally a retro 8-bit...

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"I took a break because I wanted to play it with a friend, and at the time SMP was very very ..."

- shurcool see all 9 comments

Steam DRM declared a success by Football Manager 2012 dev

By Alice O'Connor, Dec 08, 2011 11:45am PST

Though many fans were upset when Football Manager 2012 became the first in the PC sim series to require Steam, developer Sports Interactive has credited the move with helping reduce piracy, seeing FM2012 cracked 15 days later than the games "usually" are.

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"Yeah, it's the #3 most popular game on steam at the moment and 56,000 people are playing. Must ..."

- lord cecil see all 9 comments

Serious Sam 3 punishes pirates with immortal scorpion

By Xav de Matos, Dec 07, 2011 5:30pm PST

Earlier this week, it was discovered that pirated versions of developer Croteam's recently released shooter Serious Sam 3: BFE 'features' a special guest-star hellbent on player destruction.

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"just what I was thinking, lots of uninformed pirate nerds will burst out in anger "THE GAME IS ..."

- Jockiboy see all 27 comments

Witcher 2 studio co-founder says DRM doesn't work

By Garnett Lee, Nov 29, 2011 5:30pm PST

The Witcher 2 has sold over 1 million copies without DRM. Studio co-founder Marcin Iwinski says it simply doesn't work and they succeed by offering extras with their game and educating the consumer.

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"I wish I could link to warez forums where this has been discussed with polls taken, and roughly ..."

- pizzaput see all 103 comments

Take On Helicopters' anti-piracy tech defended by devs

By Alice O'Connor, Nov 09, 2011 7:30am PST

Unsuspecting pirates playing Take On Helicopters have found their vision turned watery, and not with tears of shame. Bohemia has explained its anti-piracy scheme, saying developers have a responsibility to "try to protect their company's future."

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"I have pirated some games, i admit this. But the only reason i do it, is because i'm stuck on ..."

- Smok3r225 see all 66 comments

No Plans for Super Street Fighter IV PC; Piracy Blamed

By Brian Leahy, Sep 22, 2010 10:20am PDT

Producer Yoshinori Ono has revealed that there are currently no plans to bring Super Street Fighter IV to the PC due to piracy in an interview with...

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"*cough* I'm about to watch a Big Bang Theory 3 Season eyeing on a pretty hot actress."

- commanderxp90 see all 79 comments

Sony Australia Gets Injunction Against USB Mod Chip Sales in Australia

By Brian Leahy, Aug 27, 2010 11:00am PDT

There's a USB-based "mod chip" kicking about for the PlayStation 3, which will "jailbreak" the console and reportedly allow for owners to play...

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"most game demos are over 1 gig now, and have been for a while"

- OrkO see all 20 comments

'R4' Nintendo DS Flash Card Outlawed in UK

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 28, 2010 8:00am PDT

The infamous Nintendo DS 'R4' emulator card and other similar devices have been declared illegal to sell in the UK by a High Court ruling, Develop...

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"Nintendo is criminalising a huge amount of gameshops around the world in regards to R4 and other ..."

- denman2denman see all 45 comments

The Witcher Developer Explains DRM Policy

By Chris Faylor, Jun 11, 2010 9:00am PDT

Further elaborating upon its declaration that "nothing is decided yet" regarding The Witcher 2 and DRM, developer CD Projekt RED has issued...

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"I neither bought nor played the first Witcher due to a lack of money (I could only afford to buy ..."

- Khalaq see all 22 comments

Piracy Has 'Collapsed' Wii and DS, Says Namco

By Jeff Mattas, Jun 10, 2010 6:00pm PDT

In a recent interview with industry news site MCV, Namco Bandai's Oliver Comte expressed growing concern that the software market for Nintendo's...

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"I made an account here just to say this, but I am sick and tired of seeing people state that the ..."

- hendrix100 see all 98 comments

Report: Most Pirated Japanese DS and PSP Games

By Brian Leahy, Jun 09, 2010 12:00pm PDT

According to the Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association (CESA) of Japan, Pokemon Platinum is the most pirated Nintendo DS game in the...

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"hmm how was that market economy definition again ? an economy that relies chiefly on market ..."

- BigT see all 16 comments

Blizzard: Fighting Piracy with DRM 'A Losing Battle'

By Jeff Mattas, May 27, 2010 6:00pm PDT

StarCraft II is still on track for its July 27 release on PC, but unlike some other developers, Blizzard isn't planning on gumming up the works...

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"DRM, SecurRom, Safedisc etc.... All a waste of time and Resources that hurt the legitimate ..."

- darthfusion see all 116 comments

Epic Blames PC Piracy for Its Focus on Consoles

By Alice O'Connor, May 18, 2010 9:00am PDT

Piracy is responsible for Gears of War developer Epic Games' waning enthusiasm for the PC, CVG spotted president Mike Capps saying in this month's...

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"Your argument is that they are the exception. They are not the exception because we were talking ..."

- gnoleb see all 396 comments