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Failed To Stop Pirates? Troll Them!

Failed To Stop Pirates? Troll Them!

Added: Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Some of Garry’s Mod users were reported to notice a very annoying bug recently. After starting the game the players got the message “unable to shade polygon normals”, and saw their Steam-run game crashing at once. A number of affected users reached thousands before the game’s creator finally admitted it was not a bug but a feature – the one that only affects illegal users.


Normally content creators who decide to apply DRM to their software face the situation on the market where the pirated copy is more desirable product for users than the official version, because those who download software for free and without the copyright owner’s permission turn out to be better off than legitimate users choosing to spend their money on the content via the usual channels. However, lots of rights owners fail to realize that this paradox occurs more than often, causing them and their customers more harm than good. Meanwhile, this doesn’t mean that DRM is completely bad – it can work if framed successfully.

The creator of the popular game Garry’s Mod, Garry Newman, has proposed quite elegant form of DRM recently, tweeting that some people faced a bug like “unable to shade polygon normals”. Although the Google search he referred to in the tweet suggested that the trouble was quite common, the affected users were mistaken when they thought that the bug will be fixed soon. The bug turned out to be a “feature” integrated in the game as an anti-piracy measure, or a form of DRM.

Unlike the more invasive types of DRM seen in recent years, such type of thinking seems to be definitely a step in the right direction, as it doesn’t affect users who purchased the game legally, but at the same time sends a clear message to those who obtained it illegally. Although Newman doesn’t hope that this new approach will result in additional sales, he still thinks that the people who purchased the game can really appreciate that.

Indeed, addressing a problem of piracy in such way just doesn’t leave users with much to complain about. Instead of complicating the life of regular customers, DRM fares much better if it is executed in the opposite way. The right way is to provide legitimate customers with the best experience possible, or, at the least, with the one better than that of users who obtained the software for free. Garry Newman admitted to believe that “if you can’t stop pirates, you can at least troll them.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article

April 20th,2011

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Date:  Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-04-20 22:54:39)
DoomRider13 avatarYou can't stop pirates and you can't troll them either! Pirates will always find a ways to crack games and this idea is plain stupid!

posted by Blocked (2011-04-20 23:49:05)
menahunie avatarI don't play steam games anyway; BUT my two cents. Looks like the DRM looks for a cd in the drive and when it doesn't find it maybe then this is how you get this message. BUT it could be something else.. Just a Thought..
I remember the game Mass-Effect when it first came out. Even when you bought the game you still could not even play it locally; YOU HAD TO HAVE AN INTERNET CONNECTION so the software could phone home to the Game Co.'s server. After that the game would then play EVERY TIME YOU WANTED TO PLAY YOU HAD TO DO THIS...
The best way to control piracy is to charge a reasonable price for the game. Why would anyone _ I used to.. Pay a high price for a game and about three months later it is sitting in the Walwart bargain game bin for around 10-20 dollars? Grrrr...

posted by (2011-04-21 03:08:19)
DEMONLORD avatarlol, agree with 1

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendSuperman (2011-04-21 10:40:31)
trialNerror avatarAgreed with 1 as well. Even if they try to stop pirates, there's still ninjas. lol (;
This is such a digital age that it wouldn't surprise me of some middle school kid will be able to find a way around this "feature".

posted by (2011-04-21 18:02:47)
RUkiddin avatarRemember when Bill Gates said that NT 4.0 was the most secure OS to date - The hackers had a field day with more than 100 hacks the first month.
Gates learned never to taunt the kiddy script hackers. a small group of experts vs. the world. WE (the users) WIN every time!
Also,even the largest of companies like Adobe can't solve the issue what makes them think they can?
I could always record the "Stream" and not bother with the source file? Making it more difficult just means fewer people can do it - once it gets posted Game Over!
What happens when they have to Patch a game? Unreal Tournament after the patch was applied no loner needed the original CD! LOL

posted by (2011-04-21 18:43:07)
Snoop_ThuG avatarAgreed ...
no matter what u do .. it will always be a Piracy !
Thankkks Mista SaM

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