10 Crazy Anti-Piracy Measures Companies Have Used
The rise of digital media has seen a huge increase in the practice of piracy. Rather than having to acquire illegal discs or hardware, digital content can simply be downloaded from file sharing sites and torrents, making it far easier for games and software to be stolen. Both publishers and developers claim that this leads to huge losses and so they have taken to introducing innovative and bizarre anti-piracy measures, which can often also be hilarious.
Game Dev Tycoon
Game Dev Tycoon is a simulation game that sees players take on the role of a video game developer as they attempt to create successful and popular games. One particular feature that was added into non-genuine versions of the title would mean that after around an hour of gameplay, any new games would fail to sell with a report stating that although the new release was popular, it had been pirated by most players and so provides no income. This ironic measure not only meant pirated versions couldn’t be played properly but also helped to educate gamers on the consequences of piracy on video game creators.
The developers of Alan Wake decided to go down the funny route to with their anti-piracy measure. Instead of hampering gameplay in a practical way, they chose to go with a visual element that didn’t affect gameplay but did take away some of the seriousness and drama of the plot. Copies of the game that had been illegally downloaded would have the main character wearing a pirate’s eye patch through the campaign.