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Argh! Piracy!

Pope-ular: Football Manager 2013 was pirated 10.1M times

Football Manager 2013 -- you can read our review of the 2014 edition here -- was cracked in May of 2013. A flub in the crack allowed series head Miles Jacobson and company to track the IP addresses of all the people that downloaded it. All ...

 
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Only 4% of Volgarr the Viking players bought the game

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 by Adult Swim ...

 
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Nintendo vs. flashcarts

Nintendo files suit against Florida flashcart distributor

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 only thing stoppin...

 
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Study claims piracy isn't as bad as publishers tell you

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 considerable mar...

 
Archie Sonic
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...   read

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Game Dev Tycoon turns piracy back on the pirates

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 played, Greenheart ...

 
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The piratey Raven's Cry listed for October release

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 site has seen an ...

 
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Meat Boy dev on DRM

Super Meat Boy dev says DRM is more dangerous than piracy

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 personal blog compari...

 
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...   read

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Sony patents way to fight piracy using disc load times

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 method for dete...

 
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Anodyne

Piracy turns indie game into an overnight success

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 a new and wider...

 
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Pirate Bay promo

Zelda-esque Anodyne partners with The Pirate Bay

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 Kittaka and Sea...

 
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Box art for the ages

World's greatest videogame box art found in Africa

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 clause for notabl...

 
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Mutant Mudds developer shares more thoughts on 3DS piracy

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 he stands on t...

 
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Pirates

Mutant Mudds dev sounds off on legit 3DS piracy concern

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 made by hacker...

 
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Japanese government blocks flash cartridge import

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 import, accordin...

 
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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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Inquisitive Ravenclaw

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Yesterday I could only give 2 points of love to each post and Im really not sure how but now I can 3 points of love but I want to give

 
RenaudB90

Its nice too see The Chinese Room working so hard to reinforce the stereotype of the foot in mouth, head up their own ass, stuck up, faux-deep indie an image the indie community loves being stuck with, Im

 
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Oridan

How do I manage my Dtoid Huge membership? I wanna make sure its not set to

 
drmcscott

Has anyone found any reviews of that Uncharted 4 computer game? Ya know, considering a load of copies fell off the back of a

 
whatsacow

Am I the only one who feels overall disappointed with Ratchet and Clank? Gameplays fine, but it feels like Insomniac took all the charm, heart, and humour out of the game so they could shove it in the

 
JcDent

I like the silly DBZ-style power escalation in the new Deus Ex trailer, but Im also shocked by the possibility that Streum On will deliver a fun game with Deathwing, what with Divine Cybermancy being a Babys First Mod mod-level anime fanfic of

 
Fenriff

Someone invaded me in Dark Souls I ended

 
ZombZ

As someone who works in IT and can solve 99% of the issues with a reboot I have to praise the sun for this Windows+R command: iexplore -k

 
Deadgar64

So, I ordered a new graphics comes the new have no interest in the heard people talk about trading on Steam but everything Ive read seems know if thats a thing that can be done safely?

 
TheLimoMaker

On the final boss of Dark Souls Wish it was better The lore implications are superb, but the awful tracking attacks and cheap magic shots are things I will never let slide I was expecting an awesome one-on-one duel, I got a pansy magic

 
Nekrosys

Ratchet and Clank is now my Even though Dark Souls also came out this Because you can turn bosses into This is And yes, I know the PS4 capture footage shows how utterly shit I am at

 
RiffRaff

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whatsacow

I feel like an old man, but fuck Ive noticed that they all seem to be over priveleged white people who want to feel like their ordeals are as important as real minorities - or they need serious mental help and not fucking

 
AdmiralAckbong

TotalBiscuit? No Red lobster cheddar biscuit? Ill fuck that shit up in a heartbeat, sign me up

 
JohnSmith123

Man FFXIV seems like THE MMO right So much stuff is New dungeons, new raids, new trials, new features like Palace of the Dead, a new collab with level 5 and yokai watch, and much Thats just a patch

 
Sharukurusu

Playing FF6 and Im thinking, thieves in Zozo never thought a dude with a chainsaw would show up

 
Dreamweaver

I was goofing around invading in Dark Souls III and saw something kinda funny: I had to fight off two guys (I obviously wasnt trying to kill them) when another phantom got summoned to After they both killed me, the other guy arrived way too

 
EAPidgeon

Just a reminder that Guiles Theme in SFV is

 
Jed Whitaker

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lewness

Any DS3 fight clubs going on for Dtoid? There seem to be enough players around

 
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Welp, I am the kind of person that forgets the important passwords to log into Vimeo will not let me log into my paid account for another two the worst system locked out you never get back in)

 
Nekrosys

The new Ratchet and Clank has easily secured a place on my top 5 games of 2016 through sheer virtue of it containing a Trophy that is unlocked by turning a helicopter into a That is

 
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Oh hey, I just noticed I recently crossed the five-year mark as an active, non-lurking member of this community!

 
StriderHoang

Suddenly I want a Fatal Fury hat

 
hlarge4

Ok, Pontiff Hes maybe a bit But not in a good Random Many with animations too fast to react When I beat him I feel like itll be more luck than

 
Dr Mel

So, with DS2 I came to like the game less and less over I really liked it at Thakfully I seem to be having the opposite experience with I was maybe skeptical at first but now I stop thinking about how Im going to replay it over and over

 

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