EA combats Sims 4 piracy with unique bug

The Sims 4 might be fun for most PC gamers, but not so much for those who pirate the game.

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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.

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    September 5, 2014 6:40 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, EA combats Sims 4 piracy with unique bug.

    The Sims 4 might be fun for most PC gamers, but not so much for those who pirate the game.

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      September 5, 2014 7:40 AM

      I don't like EA, but I like built-in mechanisms to fuck with pirates. Until those same mechanisms fuck with legit users. Then it's back to not liking EA!

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      September 5, 2014 8:12 AM

      I wonder how it knows.

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        September 5, 2014 10:06 AM

        The only way I could see this working is if they seeded the torrent themselves. Otherwise its a buggy test and i would not be surprised of false positives

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          September 5, 2014 2:31 PM

          I saw a screenshot that suggested it detected a par file

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      September 5, 2014 8:33 AM

      This sounds like a fun "bug." I kind of wish there were a way to trigger it on purpose in legit copies.

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        September 5, 2014 9:50 AM

        Upcoming $10 DLC to unlock "retro mode".

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          September 5, 2014 9:52 AM

          Hardcore Mode! Good luck taking a shit when you can't tell the toilet from the blender.

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      September 5, 2014 9:15 AM

      I'm gonna say there will be a bunch of people who unjustly have that bug despite purchasing the product because EA.

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        September 5, 2014 9:33 AM

        agreed. The forums will be filled with legit purchasers screaming for blood because EA fucked them over.... agian.

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        September 5, 2014 11:31 AM

        I would not be shocked if 50% of people with this bug did buy the game it self only to be called pirate's on the forums and laughed at.

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      September 5, 2014 9:39 AM

      From what I hear, there was a workaround less than 24 hours after launch.

      I mean, I prefer this over DRM, but it seems like these things always backfire, and end up leading to a perception that the game is seriously buggy.

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        September 5, 2014 7:05 PM

        I would be very surprised if you are not correct.
        A "fix" is created that starts the game and appears to run it so it is released. Users come into trouble with black box. Fix makers find cause of black box then makes new fix.
        This has been going on since DRM was introduced to games.
        The only lasting DRM is online authentication and that is not free of problems.

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      September 5, 2014 10:19 AM

      Trolls trolling trolls

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      September 5, 2014 10:19 AM

      Is the header image a pic of the bug or just the normal header image? <3

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      September 5, 2014 10:19 AM

      It's funny but has already been bypassed according to other articles.

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      September 5, 2014 7:18 PM

      Someone should add a SCUMM-esque action menu bar below that screenshot.

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      September 5, 2014 7:20 PM

      this is great. the titanfall / sims method needs to be adapted widely. sure, hackers + pirates will find a way to play. however, they play with other hackers, or play like THAT

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