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When Copy Protection Was Fun

Spudvision has your new desktop wallpaper – high-res versions of the original pen’n’paper sketches from The Secret Of Monkey Island’s copy protection code wheel. Aw. I’m feeling nostalgic about being charmingly inconvenienced. DRM’s so much easier to swallow when it’s got a sense of humour about it. We’d probably all have been so much more comfortable with that Ubisoft badness if it wasn’t so grimly didactic about its handcuffing.

Let’s revisit those heady, floppy days now, with another chap’s unboxing of SOMI:

He said “backside.” Heehee.

Spudvision is, incidentally, the blog of artist/writer/LucasArts alumni/Sam & Max creator Steve Purcell. He posts there under the alias Starchie Spudnoggen. I have no idea why, but I like it.

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