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This is not DRM because it doesn't effect legit users.
You're assuming the fake copies will simply die off and not be circulated any more. Also you're assuming that people will know the good copies from the bad ones before downloading.
Again, the point is to flood the torrent market with terrible copies and keep it flowing. And it doesn't have to end with the scorpion. The dev could easily mod the game to include other subtleties that aren't fully apparent, but create a terrible experience.
Sure, some people may get genuine copies of the game. No security is fullproof. Even Nasa gets hacked. But if 90+% of the copies of serious sam in the torrent market are the bad copies, then this idea is effective.

And people will be saying in the comments of the torrents its a broken copy, you'll find pages and pages of topics about it in google. The proper torrents will be listed as fixed ones and come from "reputable" uploaders (I use that word loosely for obvious reasons). I'm just saying, that a very low amount of people who Pirate will be completely turned off by this. Maybe the people who don't really care and will move on to the next game, but if they actually want to play it, even a novice can find the info fairly quickly to find a proper torrent.

Now my issue is, if this makes millions of pirated copies from working, but causes even a single legit user trouble, I take offense to this. As I said, its not right to punish any paying consumer in the hopes of blocking many pirates. So if I come across a single authenticated report of this hurting a legit copy, its a massive fail and in MY eyes, not a bit different from what folks like Ubi does.

Like my analogy above, do you think it would be right if a few innocent people were wrongfully imprisoned if it means most of the criminals are in jail? I surely do not. And though piracy is different than most crimes, its still the same, if innocent people are punished to try to punish the guilty, its a failed system, plain and simple.

And like I said on another line, if this works flawlessly and no legit copies get targeted, I'm all for it, but if they can't assure us that much, its useless.
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post #52 of 88
This is hilarious! In fact, this is probably the way to go with regards to DRM'ing games from here on out. These companies can build "mines", or rather, code, in the game that come 'alive' if the authenticity checks fail and render the game unplayable or just bring the pirates computer to a standstill (overloading VRAM etc.).

It amazes me how something that is so cheap, any computer game, that supposedly gives hours, days, and weeks of great satisfaction is pirated by people; I mean, these games cost less than a dinner for heaven's sake!
     
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don't do that, that will make people want to pirate the game just to see that scorpion biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by frickfrock99 View Post

True. It reminds me of when a game would prompt you to type in a random word or phrase from it's manual in order to continue.
Fairly clever for the time, till the internet rolled around.

I remember that! Oh man.... memories smile.gif
post #55 of 88
Interesting,

Arma2 does this aswell, 1st the guns go to where you cant hit the broard side of a barn.

Next after a little while, you turn into a stupid pigeon and can only fly around the battlefield tongue.gif
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Reminds me of when they did a silent patch to GMod which made all pirated copies have a similar "bug"

they then set up an error report on the game's website where anybody who reported the "bug" had their steam accounts suspended or something of that sort. don't quote me on the punishment though, I just remember the setup.
    
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If people can crack all sorts of DRM, there's no reason why they can't either bypass the check that initiates the spawn of the scorpion or just remove it from the game entirely.

Is this funny? Sure. Effective? Not at all.
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Reminds me of when they did a silent patch to GMod which made all pirated copies have a similar "bug"
they then set up an error report on the game's website where anybody who reported the "bug" had their steam accounts suspended or something of that sort. don't quote me on the punishment though, I just remember the setup.

That's smart
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Yea, maybe if Ubi spent as much time developing their games as they do on DRM, they might actually sell some games tongue.gif
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Yea, maybe if Ubi spent as much time developing their games as they do on DRM, they might actually sell some games tongue.gif

Never had any problems with Ubi drm, but I don't speak for the entire gaming community and I acknowledge the problems their stuff has caused.

I do wish that they wouldn't make games ported in such a mediocre fashion. AC:2 was a pretty bad port, AC:B was marginally better, AC:R is [from what I've heard] slightly better than that.
    
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