Ten Hilarious Anti-Piracy Methods for Video Games
Instead of preventing pirates from stealing their game, the developers of Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis decided to punish them by creating the most painful gaming experience. The game begins normally, but over time the accuracy and power of the weapons begin to diminish. Next thing you know, players are practically shooting air guns!
4. Love Plus+ Girls Never Date Pirates
Japan's popular girlfriend simulator, Love Plus+, has a variety of countermeasures placed by the developers to make sure that those who play unauthorized copies of the game will never get dates from any of the virtual girls. No matter what the player gives or says to the digital female, she'll never let you pass first base. Harsh, but perhaps it's a bit like real life. Try to get a girl for free, and she'll hate you. Pay up, however, and she'll play with you.
3. Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbender's Lecture on Piracy
The method of piracy protection for Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders, a 1988 LucasArts graphic adventure game, is a bit humorous, just like the game itself. At a certain point in the game the player will end up in jail, and will be stuck there permanently. A police officer in the game will then give a lengthy and condescending speech about software piracy.
2. Batman: Arkham Asylum's Deliberate Game Glitch
Instead of blocking out pirates from the PC version of Batman: Arkham Asylum, developer Eidos decided to mess with these software thieves first. They intentionally disabled some of Batman's moves, such as the bat glide, which prevented players from advancing after a certain point.
One pirate unintentionally revealed himself of the official Eidos forums, asking for assistance regarding what he believed was a real glitch in the game. Eidos administrator "Kein" responded with an unforgettable line;
The problem you have encountered is a hook in the copy protection, to catch out people who try and download cracked versions of the game for free.
It's not a bug in the game's code, it's a bug in your moral code.
1. Earthbound's Automatic Game Save Deletion
The programmers at APE/Hal Laboratories really wanted to make pirates of their game suffer. Playing an unauthorized version of Earthbound will cause the game to freeze, forcing the player to reset the game right before the final battle. That's not the worst part though. Once it restarts, the pirated copy of the game automatically deletes all of the player's saved files. That's right, 30-40 hours of gameplay wasted, right before the climax of the game. Ouch!