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Only 4% of Volgarr the Viking players bought the game


The developers take to Twitter to talk honestly about piracy
Oct 22
// Alessandro Fillari
Volgarr the Viking is a hardcore-focused throwback to classic 2D action titles of the past. Released last month, it has already pleased many gamers looking for a challenge. After a successful Kickstarter and getting picked up...
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Nintendo vs. flashcarts

Nintendo files suit against Florida flashcart distributor


Not in my house!
Aug 07
// Tony Ponce
Piracy on the DS was kind of a big deal, which is why Nintendo has been taking measures to ensure that the same filth doesn't infect the 3DS ecosystem. The 3D handheld has remained more or less untainted thus far, but the onl...
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Study claims piracy isn't as bad as publishers tell you


Shocker, the ESA cannot be trusted!
May 16
// Jim Sterling
The Electronic Software Association will tell you piracy is so bad, 10 million nefarious downloads of 200 games can happen in a single month. According to an independent study, the ESA might be overestimating by a c...
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First SU arc following the Sonic / Mega Man crossover
As much as it pains me to say, Sonic and Mega Man's fun times together in "Worlds Collide" won't last forever. But hopefully enough new readers will be ready and willing to stick around for what lies ahead for both heroes. Th...

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Game Dev Tycoon turns piracy back on the pirates


Interesting anti-piracy measure aims to inspire empathy
Apr 29
// Jim Sterling
Game Dev Tycoon has implemented an interesting little method for combating piracy. Anybody who runs a cracked version of the game will, in turn, have their virtual product pirated so they can see what it feels like. Well play...
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Pirates!

The piratey Raven's Cry listed for October release


Filthy brigands, assemble!
Apr 06
// Conrad Zimmerman
We haven't heard much about Raven's Cry for a while now, but the pirate-themed adventure developed by Octane Games and being published by TopWare Interactive appears to still be on the horizon. The game's page on TopWare's si...
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Meat Boy dev on DRM

Super Meat Boy dev says DRM is more dangerous than piracy


Refenes weighs in on the SimCity fiasco
Mar 19
// Brett Makedonski
Tommy Refenes has shown no problem speaking his mind in the past. With the SimCity situation fresh on everyone's minds, he seemed eager to share his opinion once again. Refenes wrote a well thought-out post on his person...
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We answer The Question
[Every Monday, Destructoid will pose topical a question to the community. Answer it if you want!] It's hard to argue that anyone likes the idea of Digital Rights Management systems (apart from some publishers, maybe) an...

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Sony patents way to fight piracy using disc load times


Compares legit loading to evil THIEVED loading
Feb 25
// Jim Sterling
A newly discovered patent, filed in 2011, points to a new anti-piracy measure under consideration by Sony -- a method of challenging illegitimate software by comparing load times.  According to the filing: "A system and ...
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Anodyne

Piracy turns indie game into an overnight success


An eye-opening retrospective on Anodyne's Pirate Bay promotion
Feb 20
// Allistair Pinsof
Promoting your indie game on a torrent site may not be a surefire way to success, but it certainly worked for developer Sean Hogan, who promoted action-RPG Anodyne on The Pirate Bay last week. As a result, his game has found ...
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Pirate Bay promo

Zelda-esque Anodyne partners with The Pirate Bay


If you can't beat 'em, join 'em
Feb 15
// Jordan Devore
Those who currently visit The Pirate Bay will be presented with a curious image. Like McPixel before it, top-down action-adventure title Anodyne has collaborated with the popular torrent site. The message from developers Jon ...
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Box art for the ages

World's greatest videogame box art found in Africa


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Super Heroes, starring The Mask
Feb 06
// Jordan Devore
After all the drama surrounding BioShock Infinite's cover, I was ready to initiate a period of recovery and stop talking about box art for a good long while. In retrospect, that should have contained a get-out-of-jail-free cl...
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Mutant Mudds developer shares more thoughts on 3DS piracy


Renegade Kid's support for 3DS 'couldn't be stronger'
Jan 04
// Jordan Devore
Recent comments from Renegade Kid founder Jools Watsham about having to leave the 3DS if piracy got to be too bad unsurprisingly got people talking. His original post was a rather short one, and in an attempt to clarify where...
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Pirates

Mutant Mudds dev sounds off on legit 3DS piracy concern


Renegade Kid may abandon the 3DS if it keeps up
Dec 31
// Chris Carter
Mutant Mudds developer and Renegade Kid founder Jools Watsham has just noticed a recent report by Tiny Cartridge, that cracks open the newly developed 3DS piracy scene -- and it's not pretty. Jools states that the new headway...
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Japanese government blocks flash cartridge import


Importing an R4 now illegal
Nov 23
// Dale North
The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has now deemed importing of flash cartridges illegal, says Kyodo News. They had locked down the sale of 'Majikon' devices already, but now they're completely blocked from i...
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Hotline Miami dev helps pirates download his game


He's got no money, for Christ's sake!
Oct 29
// Jim Sterling
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 dol...
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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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