jfitzpatrick at January 28th, 2014 13:40 — #1
wilsontp at January 28th, 2014 16:48 — #2
That reminds me of the simulated software company game that came out last year... the developers wrote in something similar to troll the pirates; halfway through the game, the game your simulated software company was developing would tank because pirates were stealing your business.
I also remember a CD burning program from back in the 90's that would also troll pirates... but it did it by silently failing. If you used a pirated key, it would work at first, then start making coasters.
I have heard of similar pirate trolling over the years. I just love it when someone tries to get tech support from a peer support group, and he describes the symptoms of what happens when the software is pirated.
jfitzpatrick at January 28th, 2014 17:13 — #3
Back when blank CDs cost a ton of money, that illegal key would get expensive real fast.
If you like reading funny stories you should definitely search for this game and the whole "chicken gun" bit. There are so many forum posts scattered all over the internet with users, typically younger ones, being like "What the hell is wrong with this game? Why do the guns shoot chickens?!?".
the1aitch at January 29th, 2014 03:07 — #4
illage2 at January 29th, 2014 03:42 — #5
There's even PS1 games that do this. Spyro is an example. You can play a pirated copy fully until the last boss until the game crashes and forces you to start from the very beggining.
Serious Sam 3 has that Fast God Mode scorpion that chases you down throughout the entire game.
Arma 2 slowly messes up, guns are not accurate and are less powerful and the title screen comes up during random moments in gameplay.
These are much better Anti-Piracy measures than DRM.
illage2 at January 29th, 2014 03:43 — #6
This whole cicken shooter stuff is actually parodied in Dead Rsing 2 Off The record. The game breaker pack adds a "Poultry Shooter" option which turns zombies into raw chickens when you shoot them.
robotsneedhugs2 at January 29th, 2014 10:05 — #7
This is the best kind of DRM. I'm tempted to pirate Arma II (I already own it) just to see the code degradation in action. Although, I am lazy, so I'll probably end up find a video of it instead.
philmc963 at January 29th, 2014 13:26 — #8
I had no problems with a pirated copy of crysis 1 or 2 and warhead. Just another game. Have the trolls asking for support are plants to entrap others and the rest are noobs. DRM is a joke as is the on all the time internet. Just my two cents. I know I will catch some ish for my post. Those in glass houses should not throw stone
philmc963 at January 29th, 2014 13:27 — #9
Not true with arma 2. All the Armas including the zombie game have worked awesomely
robotsneedhugs2 at January 29th, 2014 13:39 — #10
Oh well. I looked it up on youtube and all it does is screw up your accuracy and display the title screen while you're playing.
readmweep at January 29th, 2014 21:16 — #11
I almost want to get the games to see if this trivia is true. I wonder if this post would encourage pirating software. If you tell a kid not to do something; they will find it as a challenge. If you create a benefit then they will agree. What is the benefit of creating chickens in a game when people all the world find this a challenge, and, with all other software, they will find a way around it.
jfitzpatrick at February 7th, 2014 13:40 — #12
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