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Posts tagged “piracy”

Tomb Raider Raided: Denuvo DRM Allegedly Cracked

Rise of the Tomb Raider [official site] might finally be cracked six months after its release. A step-by-step video showing a cracked copy of Rise of the Tomb Raider surfaced in Russia last week. It raises the question of whether or not pirates will finally be able to defeat Denuvo's DRM security - protection so tough that some crackers said they were giving up. The crack…

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Frustrated Pirates Prophesise The Death Of Game Piracy

My eyebrow's raised so high that it's knocking plaster off the ceiling, but it's worth sharing this oddity as a talking point if nothing else. It seems Just Cause 3 [official site]'s DRM is still presenting stiff competition to crackers over a month on from release, prompting one pirate collective to predict that we are in the game piracy end times. "According to current trends…

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Football Manager 2013 Pirated 10 Million Times, Says Devs

We always approach piracy figures with a healthy skepticism, but this is interesting. Sports Interactive says that Football Manager 2013, the previous iteration of the game, was pirated 10.1 million times. The report they've just sent out goes on to break down those figures by country, and estimates the likely lost revenue as a result of illegal downloads. The best part is that Sports Interactive…

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SpeedRunners Embracing Piracy, Releasing Free Version

Despite what some triple-A publishers might think, piracy isn't a simple black-and-white subject. Pirates aren't necessarily shifty-eyed thieves, and a pirated copy doesn't necessarily equate to a lost sale. You can't beat it, either, so you might as well come aboard and embrace that other audience that's playing your game. Increasingly, that's the mentality many indies have adopted, and SpeedRunners developer tinyBuild is following suit. All…

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This Might Be The Final Assassin’s Creed IV Trailer

Despite the pointed mockery of John's Assassy Creed trailer post, Ubisoft haven't let up in their desire to tell expose every little detail about the fourth (but not really fourth) Assassin's Creed game in trailers. There have been three this week. They are shameless. I was going to do a post with them all again, but the weight of that many Flash instances on one…

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Place Planks And Plunder: Pixel Piracy

I have been on a mission to reclaim the RPS piracy tag. I want happy stories about pirate games when you click on it, and not sad stories about games being pirated. I took a break, because of Assassin's Creed IV's ridiculous video spam, but I am delighted to direct your attention to Pixel Piracy. It puts you in charge of a pirate crew in…

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Avast Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Trailer

Actually, it's only four mins long. Boom boom. There have been so many posts about Black Flag, the fancy dress party of Assassin's Creed games, that I nearly didn't post this trailer. You know the deal. It is shippy, watery, and anything that starts with a sea shanty is now legally obliged to have a slow and portentous refrain at the end. But I want…

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Freebooter Sunk: Sinks Kickstarter, Stops Development

Oh, I hate it when this happens. Ambitious and blocky Elite-with-pirates game Freebooter struggled to gain any traction on Kickstarter. It seems like that was going to be a lifeline for the developers, who've looked at the fact they've earned only £4,066 of the £50,000 goal in 12 days and made the decision to scuttle the game. They've taken the move to cancel both the…

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World Of Watercraft: Freebooter

I'm reclaiming the RPS 'piracy' tag. Look at all those posts that have nothing to do with cannons or scurvy. We're gamers! We should know all about balls and vitamin deficiency! I want happy stories about fun games, not sad stories about an industry trying to deal with people and the internet. I'd guess that part of the problem is that there aren't many games…

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Payback: Game Dev Tycoon Fights Piracy With Piracy

We may have reached a point where many developers are attempting to coexist semi-peacefully with the big, bad, money-chomping wolf that is piracy, but that certainly doesn't make the situation ideal. Pirates are still sauntering away with sloshing tubs of developers' blood, sweat, and tears, so I think a little (or more than a little) spite is only fair. In the past, that's meant theft-thwarting…

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Hotline Miami Aids Pirates Instead Of Murdering Them

If you can't beat 'em, well... that's not actually a phrase that exists in the world of Hotline Miami. It's either beat (with a colorful assortment of bats, drills, pipes, and katanas) or be beaten black and blue and red and neon pink. There is, as Yoda says - presumably as a result of some LSD-induced hallucination - no try. Hotline Miami's creators, however, are…

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Ubisoft Boss Declares F2P Is Because Of 95% Piracy Rates

Rock, Paper, Shotgun is read by over 92% of the Earth's population, and our most frequent readers are in the top 15% most attractive people on Earth! Yes, we all love statistics we don't provide any evidence for. There's so much fun to be had. Ubisoft have also been revelling in that fun, by telling GI.biz that they experience "93-95% piracy" rates. Which is odd,…

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Ascii What You Did: Syndicate Dev’s Message To Pirates

The humble .nfo file is a business card, instruction manual, and score-setting rap song in ascii form. They're the files that the piracy scene drops into their releases to claim bragging rights for that particular chunk of nefarious code. So why the hell did Syndicate Developers Starbreeze stick one in the legitimate release of their first-person shooter? Redditor MikkelManDK spotted the file in the game's…

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Feature: Dirty money

Legal Threats Endemic Among Games Pubs

Last week we celebrated CD Projekt RED's decision to back down from the practice of demanding cash settlements from alleged pirates. The gambit, that subverts the legal process of innocent until proven guilty, and is based on threatening people with spurious lawsuits with only flimsy, unreliable IP evidence, has been condemned on many occasions, and when tried in the UK led to some rapid backtracking.…

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Feature: CD Projekt Vs The Pirates

Opinion: Me And CDP On Legal Threats

You'll likely remember that last week it was revealed that CD Projekt had hired a firm to send out letters to those they believed had pirated copies of The Witcher 2, demanding large sums of money. It's a practice that is widely despised, due not only to its propensity for threatening the innocent, but more significantly, because it's based on threats in the first place.…

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CD Projekt Threatening Alleged Pirates

Remember how we all cheered when CD Projekt removed the DRM from The Witcher 2? Although the GoG version was always free of the legitimate-customers-only punishing code, all other sources came with the straitjacket. Post launch, however, they patched it out, letting customers enjoy the game without concern. It seemed an all-round sensible way to behave, and despite piracy they sold over a million copies…

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Volition Boss Says No More Duff PC Ports

There's some lovely comments from Volition's studio manager, Eric Barker, over on Eurogamer. Discussing why it's always worth developing for PC when creating cross platform titles, and how Volition will no longer be using external developers for their PC versions, he drops this gem of a comment that I'll be quoting for some time to come. "I don't think [piracy] is something at the forefront…

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Oh, Ubisoft: Torrented Their Own Music?

Ubisoft, you do like making mistakes. The publisher's strange habit of incorporating piracy into their products seems to have reared once more. Remember back in 2008 when they thought it would be a good idea to officially patch Rainbow Six Vegas 2 with an illegal NO-CD crack? Today Eurogamer brings us news that those copyright infringing scamps may have been at it again. This time…

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Opinion: Let’s Not Celebrate DRM Just Yet

Correction: It seems that Ubisoft's new DRM will be requiring one activation at install, and then not again. While this is problematic regarding DLC, and I continue to argue (as the post below explains) still not okay, it's not quite as it was understood from the ambiguous statements given before the article was written. However, the "always on" DRM continues to torment users of Ubisoft…

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