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#Piracy

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Hotline Miami dev helps pirates download his game

Jonatan Söderström has no cash, and really needs to make some money off the back of his recently released Hotline Miami. However, rather than fight pirates in the same way those similarly penniless multi-million dollar publishers ...

 
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Microsoft perma-banning early Halo 4 users from XBL

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 propped on the web...

 
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Latest 3DS firmware quietly locks out flashcards

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 blocked. TinyCartri...

 
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Russia forced to get unwanted region-locked Borderlands 2

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 States is a Russian-...

 
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Developer teams with Pirate Bay to give away his game

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 Chickens With C...

 
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PS Vita hacked, homebrew a-comin'

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 discovered expl...

 
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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 ...   read

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Jimquisition: Sony's Begging For Piracy

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 w...

 
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The DTOID Show: Fallout 4, GTA V, & Nintendo Power

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 Monday? We have th...

 
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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...   read

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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...   read

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Blizzard admits DRM element in Diablo III's online

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" requirement, ...

 
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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 Prevention act th...

 
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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 the long run, h...

 
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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 wi...

 
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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 unfortunate that you d...

 
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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 CISPA -- Th...

 
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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 the world alight,...

 
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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 rumors concerni...

 
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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, just as soon as PC...

 
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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 on the PS Vita,...

 
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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 time that Ubiso...

 
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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 s...

 
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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 it. Volition des...

 
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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 instead cut off acce...

 
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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 attem...

 
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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 isn't the firs...

 
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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 or eight years...

 
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Jimquisition: Piracy Episode 1 - Copyright

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 it's selfish th...

 
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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 ...   read


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EdgyDude

All this talk about catgirls and no one has mentioned the best one there is? you disappoint me Dtoid

 
ShadeOfLight

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JDelwynn

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Sir Shenanigans

Well campers its 4/30, were a third of the way through That means lists! Top three games of the year so far, and three youre giddy To the comments!

 
Nekrosys

Playing Dark Souls III using the Vitas Remote Play it wasnt my smartest idea

 
RiffRaff

Bought YoKai Watch yesterday and planned on playing it for an hour or so before 4 hours later and I am utterly The music is especially I really hope it sells like gangbusters and more of them come

 
ObliqueZombie

I may not like Ubisoft, but by god, the voice actors they pick for Far Cry

 
Jinx 01

Of course Im on my phone and about to be driving 4 hours on Catgirl But whats it matter, every day is Catgirl Day on Dtoid,

 
Jinx 01

You never forget your Voodoo Banshee

 
hlarge4

So happy to hear From is fixing those covenants that are too You know the

 
ZoePapillon

The Jungle Book was no Zootopia but it was still rather

 
TheAngriestCarp

Just found out that a new Gamera film is in the works, and that Godzilla Resurgence releases in This is a good

 
Dr Mel

What kind of world is this, I ask you, when a man can come home from a hard days labor only to find a SPIDER in his coffee pot on the drainboard?! A spider he very nearly did not notice before making the coffee! How does life persist under such

 
drmcscott

That Nioh demo was a surprise, wasnt

 
The Dyslexic Laywer

Ive been playing Rhythm Thief and its a very charming game but i swear to God if it forces me to do another god awful motion control

 
Nekrosys

The more I think about it, the more I realise that I actually prefer Dark Souls 3 over It just feels that much less grindy, and having the ability to respec means I can keep fine-tuning my character when I find weapons I have a preference

 
OverlordZetta

And no one was

 
Rico the Penguin

NG++ Dancer has a number of I nearmy got angry before she ultimately Then went on to massacre the next twould bosses to cleanse my certain thing that shall remain nameless will be interesting

 
vxxyman

A lot of catgirl stuff Heres a cartoon penguin for variety:

 
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Good Explored farron keep more, Had an unhelpful guide named rico try to help me find a covenant/a video that took a stupid route to the covenenant, chatted shit with larx till me voice was sore and died over and over against the abyss Mm

 
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Way too many catgirl things so, welp here is another of the boy <3

 
Parismio

Came back to ds3 and still not being summoned for Its been 20 minutes

 
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Pokemon Trainers! Out of nowhere, Spain has a Shiny Yveltal event and North America and Europe have a Regular Zygarde event going Dunno if these are ORAS exclusive or if XY are included too, but be sure to grab

 
Lex

So, I heard the Attack on Titan game is coming to the west and has an online component? The models could use some work,

 
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Just seeing all these catgirl posts is making me

 
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Things always get whenever I

 
Dr Mel

My job aint But they buy me coffee made the way I like usually without even And thats just

 
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