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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 ...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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...
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...
[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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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!
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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 ...
[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 ...
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 ...
The latest miserable press surrounding Ubisoft's trashy DRM concerned news that Anno 2070 would confuse a simple hardware change with an entirely new PC -- a real problem when you can only install the game three times before ...
A collection of usual suspects -- including Atari, Ubisoft and Codemasters -- have banded together to threaten pirates with legal action unless they stop their shenanigans and pay their dues. The deal is simple -- give publis...
After word got out that CD Projekt RED was targeting individuals it believed to have pirated The Witcher 2, the company was met with resistance. Between the supposed 100% accuracy of identifying pirates and the high amount of...