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  • Blog Post: Phil Fish Says YouTubers Are Committing Piracy, Owe Him Money

    Phil Fish, who has had a conflicted relationship with social media that led to the abrupt cancelation of Fez II last year , today took to Twitter to share his views on video content producers. It was recently revealed that popular YouTube personality Felix Kjellberg (better known as “Pewdiepie”... More
  • Blog Post: Pixel Piracy's Developer Offers Torrent Link For People To Pirate Their Game

    Pixel Piracy is an indie roguelike that puts players in control of a pirate ship, sailing the dangerous seas and hunting for treasure. While the developer of the game, Solidust, is focusing on piracy on the high seas, it isn't ignoring online piracy of their game. Solidust is addressing the issue... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: Have You Ever Pirated Games?

    This morning’s story on the developers over at Greenheart Games and their unusual approach to punishing pirates got us thinking about the practice of pirating games and its prevalence, as well as the changing attitudes towards the practice. We're curious about the experiences of the Game Informer... More
  • Blog Post: Indie Dev Aims To Beat Pirates At Their Own Game

    Indie developer Greenheart Games released its first title yesterday, a game-development sim called Game Dev Tycoon. In the game, players found their own indie studios and do their best to make it in the competitive world of game production. Greenheart saw an opportunity to teach pirates a little lesson... More
  • Blog Post: Jailed Megaupload Founder Falls From Top Spot In Modern Warfare 3 Rankings

    It's been one hell of a week for Kim Dotcom. Seven days ago, he was living a lifestyle of the rich and famous in a lavish Auckland, New Zealand mansion, driving around in a Rolls Royce, and sitting on top of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 leaderboard for Xbox 360. Then on January 19th, the founder... More
  • Blog Post: White House Explains SOPA/PIPA Position

    Three officials from the Obama administration articulated the White House's position on proposed anti-piracy legislation, balancing the need for strong antipiracy measures while respecting both freedom of expression and the way information and ideas are share on the Internet. The statement , which... More
  • Blog Post: Did Ubisoft Pirate Music From...Ubisoft?

    In a bit of an odd story, a user on Reddit is accusing Ubisoft of piracy against themselves. He provides a screenshot of the data files on the Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood official soundtrack, and it displays "Encoded by arsa13" in the comments. He followed up with a quick Google search... More
  • Blog Post: Report: 3DS Can Detect And Record Attempts At Piracy

    Nintendo has made combating the piracy that plagued the Nintendo DS a high priority. The company has said that automatic firmware updates will help thwart game pirates, and many publishers -- most notably THQ -- have stated that they feel the 3DS has enough fail safes in place to prevent it from becoming... More
  • Blog Post: Crytek Talks About The Crysis 2 Leak

    A little over a week ago, an early build of Crysis 2 was leaked onto the Internet . Though playable from start to finish, the iteration of the game was not complete. Crytek's executive producer Nathan Camarillo goes on the record talking about how the leak impacted the development team, and what... More
  • Blog Post: Sony To Go Back To Serial Codes For PS3 Games?

    A rumor has popped up saying that Sony is scared enough of a recent PS3 security leak that it is planning to require serial code inputs for all future PS3 titles. Apparently it's 1991 again. The hack in question is the recent publishing of the PS3's root keys, which can be used to get access... More
  • Blog Post: Atari Loses Copyright Claim Against RapidShare

    A German court has overturned an earlier ruling, giving RapidShare a victory over Atari Europe in a case that focused on piracy. Atari's sued RapidShare over the availability of its game Alone in the Dark on the file-hosting service. The German court originally ruled in favor of Atari, but the subsequent... More
  • Blog Post: Ubisoft Scales Back Always-On DRM

    Ubisoft is pretty well known for its fight against piracy with controversial measures such as requiring players with PC titles to maintain an "always on" internet connection in order for games to play (even in single-player). If connection was lost during gameplay, the gameplay was interrupted... More
  • Blog Post: StarCraft II Pirated 2.3 Million Times

    With at least three million copies sold as of last count , StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is doing just fine for itself, but that doesn't mean pirates aren't getting the game the old-fashioned, illegal way. According to TorrentFreak , a BitTorrent enthusiast site, StarCraft II has been illicitly... More
  • Blog Post: 3DS Firmware Updates May Enhance Functionality, Fight Piracy

    A story about firmware updates may seem a little underwhelming after yesterday’s exciting news about the 3DS’s release date and price , along with the announcement of a Gameboy-flavored virtual console . However, their firmware plans for the future carry extra weight considering Nintendo’s... More
  • Blog Post: Play Halo: Reach Early, Get Permabanned

    In a shocking move that nobody at all could have seen coming, Microsoft is permanently banning users from Xbox Live for playing illegitimate copies of Halo: Reach. According to a ban notification provided to MaxConsole , the publisher is handing out non-negotiable lifetime bans to players who are detected... More
  • Blog Post: THQ: 3DS Will Fix Nintendo Piracy Problems

    Though the Nintendo DS has been an astounding success for Nintendo the world over, one issue has plagued the system (along with the PSP): thriving piracy. If THQ executive vice president Ian Curran has it right, though, the new 3DS handheld could solve that problem once and for all. Speaking to CVG ... More
  • Blog Post: Epic Blames Piracy For Shift Away From PC

    Epic Games cut its teeth in the PC market with games like Jazz Jackrabbit and Unreal, but it's hard not to notice what appears to be more of a focus on console games. Aside from its Unreal engine, which the company licenses out to other developers, Epic's biggest push comes from its Gears of... More
  • Blog Post: The DRM Saga Continues: Ubi Offers Free Stuff To Locked-out Players

    After a server problem on Ubisoft's end locked legitimate customers out of Assassin's Creed 2 due to the company's controversial DRM scheme , the company is offering complimentary games and/or DLC to affected players. Kotaku is reporting that owners of Assassin's Creed 2 have been receiving... More
  • Blog Post: Ubisoft DRM Locks Paying Customers Out Of Game

    The ridiculous DRM solution for Assassin's Creed 2 and Silent Hunter 5 on PC prevented gamers with legit copies of the games from playing this weekend, according to reports from the company's own forums. A representative from the publisher confirmed these reports, saying, "Due to exceptional... More
  • Blog Post: Ubisoft Unconvincingly Responds To DRM Fears

    In a response to website Ars Technica , a Ubisoft spokesperson clarified the situation with the company's upcoming anti-piracy measures . While games protected by Ubi's new digital rights management software will not boot you out at the first stutter as feared, they will pause as they try to... More
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