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3:00 AM on 05.31.2012

Japan takes another smack at Nintendo pirates

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...

Hiroko Yamamura





11:00 AM on 05.28.2012

Pachter: on-disc DLC is 'just plain greed'

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 ...

Jim Sterling

4:00 PM on 05.26.2012

The DSi comes to life, gets rubbed, and fights the R4

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!

Jonathan Holmes

9:00 AM on 05.01.2012

Crytek hopes to combat piracy better with Crysis 3

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...

Jim Sterling

6:30 PM on 04.10.2012

PSA: The Ghost of SOPA lives on with CISPA

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...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 04.10.2012

Epic blames piracy for Bulletstorm's disappointing sales

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...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 04.02.2012

Rumor: Next Xbox will use always-on DRM

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 ...

Jim Sterling

10:00 AM on 03.23.2012

DRM will go away when Ubisoft gets what it feels its owed

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...

Jim Sterling

2:30 PM on 02.22.2012

PS Vita offers 'long term piracy protection'

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 ...

Jim Sterling

3:00 PM on 02.20.2012

Jimquisition: Ubisoft

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 ...

Jim Sterling

3:30 PM on 02.06.2012

Jimquisition: When Piracy Becomes Theft

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.

Jim Sterling

12:45 PM on 02.06.2012

Volition dev would love a console that kills used games

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...

Jim Sterling





9:20 AM on 02.02.2012

DRM fun: Several legit Ubisoft games will break next week

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...

Jim Sterling

3:00 PM on 01.30.2012

Jimquisition: Trying to kill piracy makes it stronger

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.

Jim Sterling

2:00 PM on 01.30.2012

Rovio CEO: Piracy can bring about more business

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...

Jordan Devore

6:30 PM on 01.25.2012

Paradox: DRM is a waste of money

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...

Jim Sterling