Serious Sam 3 punishes pirates with immortal scorpion

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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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.

Pirated versions of the game include an immortal pinkish scorpion, dashing toward Sam intent on halting his progress. A Croteam representative confirmed to Shacknews that the enemy was included as a form of hilarious DRM to combat piracy. Sure, it will probably be cracked shortly, but it's a nice reminder that you shouldn't be illegally downloading games if you want to enjoy them immediately.

[via DSO Gaming]

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    December 7, 2011 5:30 PM

    Xav de Matos posted a new article, Serious Sam 3 punishes pirates with immortal scorpion.

    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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      December 7, 2011 5:46 PM

      Very creative DRM :) I have to buy this game this winter...

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      December 7, 2011 5:50 PM

      This is a new game mode in itself. Who can deal the most damage to the scorpion before everyone dies?

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        December 7, 2011 6:03 PM

        More like who can finish the game with the scorpion chasing him everywhere?

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      December 7, 2011 5:59 PM

      It's like horde mode, but in the single player.

      Good for them.

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      December 7, 2011 6:02 PM

      lol, kudos to the devs for creative DRM.

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      December 7, 2011 6:35 PM

      Maybe funniest and coolest gaming new all year LOL :) this shit is golden \m/

      Awesome touch Croteam :)

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        December 7, 2011 8:34 PM

        It really is hilarious. I hope more devs start doing stuff like this.

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      December 7, 2011 7:42 PM

      I like that this form of DRM is becoming so popular. Just trolling the hell out of pirates with hilariously broken versions of the game.

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        December 8, 2011 8:22 AM

        While creative, I honestly think they're wasting their time/resources. Pirates will find this thing, think 'Oh that's funny/GRR MY GAME IS BROKEN' or some mix of the two, and then download the surely widely available fix and just play the game normally.

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          December 8, 2011 11:02 AM

          As with all forms of DRM, the point is to delay pirates by a few days or weeks. Not to delay them indefinitely.

          As any developer will tell you, identifying subtly broken things like this, especially when you don't have the known good to compare it to, makes it quite a bit harder to recognize that the "fix" (crack, in this case) is correct and complete.

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          December 8, 2011 12:13 PM

          If it convinces some pirates not to play the buggy pirated version then it was time well spent. Get half way through a game, get stuck, google problem then get pissed with it is the best deterrence i can think of.

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          December 9, 2011 1:05 AM

          These pirates will complain on a forum and out themselves.

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      December 7, 2011 10:24 PM

      I've never pirated a copy of SS. When I get the chance it's always a purchase. 16 player multiplayer co-op is just greatness!

      Hats off to Croteam for the creative DRM!

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        December 8, 2011 7:19 AM

        In addition to the greatness you mention, the SS series have always been budget-priced relative to most other new AAA titles, making piracy even less of a legitimate excuse, if it ever was. Hail Croteam!

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      December 7, 2011 10:27 PM

      Love it!

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      December 7, 2011 10:27 PM

      I thought Arma 2's DRM was good as well. Zero accuracy that caused you to miss even at point-blank range and then later on you turn into a crow and can fly around.

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      December 8, 2011 6:22 AM

      6 seconds in and I'm already pissed off by this cheap map and skin pack.

      "Mister Smith, Mister Wesson... " THATS A DESERT EAGLE YOU MORON!

      Go back in time to when you used revolvers and were cool.

      Please.

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      December 8, 2011 6:35 AM

      I have to say, I'm really impressed with the graphics. It's no Crysis or BF3, but self shadowing creatures that also cast world shadows and shadows through dust (albeit fake sprite based dust) It really makes for a great visual experience that runs amazingly well.


      I started playing it last night. The RPS review was right, it takes a little while to get going but it's pure Sam once it does.

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      December 8, 2011 6:53 AM

      as always the pirates get the best experience like this additional difficulty level

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      December 8, 2011 8:29 AM

      I love how the thing still seemingly takes damage and bleeds. I wonder how many pirates will miss articles like this and think they're facing a particularly hard mini-boss?

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        December 9, 2011 7:47 AM

        just what I was thinking, lots of uninformed pirate nerds will burst out in anger "THE GAME IS SHIT, AND I'LL TELL MY FRIENDS NOT TO BOTHER WITH THIS BROKEN POS..." .. so it could backfire.

        Anyways, fantastic DRM :)