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Microsoft perma-banning early Halo 4 users from XBL


Pirates do pirate things and get pirate banned
Oct 15
// Jim Sterling
In a bid to crack down on nefarious pirates, Microsoft is issuing permanent Xbox Live bans to folk caught playing illegitimate copies of Halo 4 early.  "We are aware of isolated cases in which Halo 4 content has been pro...
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Latest 3DS firmware quietly locks out flashcards


Sep 26
// Dale North
Last week's 4.4.0-10U 3DS firmware update looks like a small maintenance thing, but it seems Nintendo has quietly pulled something pretty big in the background by making it to where most DS flashcards are block...
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Russia forced to get unwanted region-locked Borderlands 2


Russian gamers unable to play worldwide
Sep 18
// Jim Sterling
Gamers in Russia and Ukraine are unhappy with their purchase of Borderlands 2 at the moment, because they got a version of the game they never expected or asked for. Any version bought in the Commonwealth of Independent State...
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Developer teams with Pirate Bay to give away his game


Sep 08
// Jonathan Holmes
For this weekend only, Sos Sosowski (developer of such gems as Comedy/Action/Robo-Ninja Brawler Thelemite, Anti-SOPA game Congress Chainsaw Massacre, alternative reality Chess title Chess Without Turns, Fight ...
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PS Vita hacked, homebrew a-comin'


It was going to happen eventually
Sep 06
// Jim Sterling
The PlayStation Vita has finally been cracked into like a big ol' nut, and homebrew is on the way.  Usermode Vita Loader is currently in the works (via NeoGAF) thanks to developer Yifan Lu. Based on a recently ...
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Play your PC games offline if you want
Ubisoft claims to have officially discontinued use of its controversial (and crappy) DRM measures. A spokesperson told Rock, Paper, Shotgun that it implemented the policy in June as a direct result of fan ...

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Jimquisition: Sony's Begging For Piracy


Sony's tactics invite nothing but trouble
Sep 03
// Jim Sterling
To combat piracy, your mission is clear -- provide a better service than pirates. Competent, efficient, fast service will trump freebies for all but the most stingy of consumers, and that is why Sony practically deserves to be ripped off with its archaic way of doing business. Using the PS Vita as the most recent example, Jimquisition proper goes off on one this week.
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The DTOID Show: Fallout 4, GTA V, & Nintendo Power


Aug 22
// Max Scoville
In honor of the 350th episode of The Destructoid Show, we didn't do anything out of the ordinary. We just talked about the news. Luckily, the news was interesting today. Remember those Grand Theft Auto V screens from Mon...
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Ubisoft, the worst PC publisher on the planet, is now claiming that it suffers a 93-95% piracy rate on the platform. As a response, CEO Yves Guillemot promises it will jump into the free-to-play market.  "The advantage o...

Ubisoft's Uplay DRM poses security risk (Update)

Jul 30 // Jim Sterling
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[Update: Ubisoft has publicly acknowledged the security flaw, and has issued a patch for all affected games. The patch will be a forced game update, and it's recommended to be run with your browsers closed. A new version of t...

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Blizzard admits DRM element in Diablo III's online


Jul 19
// Jim Sterling
Blizzard co-founder Mike Morhaime recently published a statement regarding Diablo III, addressing a number of concerns that have cropped up since launch. Interestingly, he acknowledged criticism surrounding its "always-online...
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Japan takes another smack at Nintendo pirates


May 31
// Hiroko Yamamura
Nintendo DS pirates and home-brew hopefuls expecting to pick up a software loading card in Japan may need to start making other plans. Recently there was an amendment to the Unfair Competition Pr...
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Pachter: on-disc DLC is 'just plain greed'


May 28
// Jim Sterling
Industry analyst Michael "horse sponge" Pachter has chimed in on the controversial practice of shipping games with "downloadable" content locked on the disc. While he said that he didn't think the delivery method mattered in ...
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The DSi comes to life, gets rubbed, and fights the R4


May 26
// Jonathan Holmes
This video is pretty ancient, and has since been followed up by many more topical entries in the ongoing life of the DS console. Still, I had to post this one first, because it's the best.  It's tough to say anything else without ruining some of the fun. In fact, I'm worried I've already said to much. So please enjoy this thing!
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Crytek hopes to combat piracy better with Crysis 3


May 01
// Jim Sterling
Crysis 2 has the distinction of being 2011's most illegally downloaded PC game, but Crytek strangely doesn't feel honored. With Crysis 3, the studio is aiming to be more stringent in tackling piracy.  "It’s unfortu...
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PSA: The Ghost of SOPA lives on with CISPA


Apr 10
// Jim Sterling
SOPA may have been sent to Hades where it belongs, but those who sought to enact the Internet-crushing law have not stopped in their misguided war against online piracy. The latest bill to trying to sneak under our noses is C...
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Epic blames piracy for Bulletstorm's disappointing sales


Apr 10
// Jim Sterling
Despite plenty of hype, solid reviews, and a premise that seemed almost cynically geared toward the modern American gamer, Bulletstorm didn't do as well as Electronic Arts hoped. People Can Fly's violent shooter didn't set th...
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Rumor: Next Xbox will use always-on DRM


Apr 02
// Jim Sterling
An unsettling new rumor suggests that Microsoft's next generation Xbox will require a permanent Internet connection, ostensibly becoming a box of DRM in order to curb console piracy.  Further gossip contradicts previous ...
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DRM will go away when Ubisoft gets what it feels its owed


Mar 23
// Jim Sterling
Ubisoft has won no fans with its insistence on using anti-consumer DRM measures in its PC games, but the European publisher doesn't want it to be that way. In fact, digital boss Chris Early thinks DRM's days are numbered, jus...
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PS Vita offers 'long term piracy protection'


Feb 22
// Jim Sterling
Only one Destructoid reader would ever deny that piracy was a major problem on the PSP. According to some developers, it was enough to keep them away from the system entirely. Sony is naturally concerned about similar issues ...
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Jimquisition: Ubisoft


Feb 20
// Jim Sterling
The Jimquisition has criticized many game publishers, especially Electronic Arts. Jim Sterling's wise judgements have been just and fair, but not altogether inclusive. EA isn't the only weasel in the lavatory, and it's high ...
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Jimquisition: When Piracy Becomes Theft


Feb 06
// Jim Sterling
Piracy isn't theft, right? It's copyright infringement, yes? These statements aren't wrong, but they're not always correct. Not when we talk about a certain type of piracy that is most certainly theft, and deserves all the indignity that such a term implies. The just and fair Jim Sterling shall share the wisdom of his judgement.
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Volition dev would love a console that kills used games


Feb 06
// Jim Sterling
The idea of a new Xbox that refuses to play used games may sound like a problematic, consumer-unfriendly, potentially suicidal idea to reasonable people who are capable of long-term thought, but some people are right behind i...
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DRM fun: Several legit Ubisoft games will break next week


Feb 02
// Jim Sterling
Thanks to Ubisoft's insidious "always-on" DRM, legitimate copies of several Ubisoft titles will be unplayable next week. The publisher is shifting its servers, which would usually only affect multiplayer games, but will inste...
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Jimquisition: Trying to kill piracy makes it stronger


Jan 30
// Jim Sterling
Piracy will never be destroyed entirely. It's a fact of life that some people just like to help themselves to freebies. However, not all pirates are in it for the discount, and some are actively driven to piracy by the very companies attempting to kill it. When you make your product harder to obtain and enjoy, all you do is breed an environment where pirates can thrive.
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Rovio CEO: Piracy can bring about more business


Jan 30
// Jordan Devore
Speaking about piracy at the music conference Midem, Rovio CEO Mikael Hed said something you don't always hear from executives: "Piracy may not be a bad thing: it can get us more business at the end of the day." Granted, this...
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Paradox: DRM is a waste of money


Jan 25
// Jim Sterling
Paradox Interactive has slammed the digital rights software of other companies, calling such anti-piracy measures a waste of money.  "I’m so surprised that people still use DRM. We haven’t done that for seven...
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Jimquisition: Piracy Episode 1 - Copyright


Jan 23
// Jim Sterling
Piracy is one of those issues that will absolutely never die, like the secrets of the Bermuda Triangle or the truth of the Zelda Timeline. I have always had a set view on piracy -- it's not the worst crime in the world, but ...
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[Update: As commenters have kindly pointed out, this is about more than Europe. Countries as widespread as Canada, Japan and New Zealand are already behind it, and the United States have had involvement (what a shock!). This ...

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SOPA has been shelved again following PIPA postponement


Jan 20
// Jim Sterling
In the same day that the Protect IP Act has been postponed, there is news that Rep. Lamar Smith has chosen to shelve the Stop Online Piracy Act for the second time. He had previously promised that SOPA would get a hearing in ...

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