Arkham Asylum Pirates Get a Gimpy Batman

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Arkham Asylum Pirates Get a Gimpy Batman

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Did you illegally download a cracked version of Arkham Asylum for the PC? Hope you enjoy playing with a Batman who has conveniently forgotten some of his moveset, rendering the game unbeatable.

Do you know what I love? Creative DRM. Any developer can throw in a mandated online check, or give you a limited number of installs, or something boring like that, but then you have developers with a cruel sense of humor who make it so that pirates have their genitals attacked by ill-tempered ferrets, and the ferrets are on fire. That's going above the call of duty right there.

Apparently, one of said developers is Rocksteady Studios, creators of critical darling Batman: Arkham Asylum. Pirates who have illegally acquired the PC version of the game will find themselves playing the game with a Batman who has apparently forgotten how to use his moves, notably the glide-jump. In an amusing little thread on the Eidos forums, one pirate came to innocently report a bug, claiming that instead of gliding when the appropriate input was given, the Dark Knight would instead just spread his wings and fall to his death in poison gas.

Quoth an Eidos admin in response:

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.

Since its acquisition of Rocksteady parent Eidos, Square-Enix has announced plans to use similar DRM in its upcoming Final Fantasy XIII, where any attempt to use magic will always result in summoning a rampaging horde of Chocobos to crush the party, the player, and anyone they've ever loved.

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It's not a bug in the game's code, it's a bug in your moral code.

That is truly a fantastic response.
Good on them for the creative use of copy-protection!

Brilliant. Simply brilliant.

This is the kind of DRM we need. Kudos to you, Eidos.

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Why can't more devs do this?

Terramax:
It shouldn't take long for a pirate to re-program it to include all the original moves.

I do agree with this unfortunately, however it does waste your average pirates time, so all is well for now.

Also

CantFaketheFunk:

Since its acquisition of Rocksteady parent Eidos, Square-Enix has announced plans to use similar DRM in its upcoming Final Fantasy XIII, where any attempt to use magic will always result in summoning a rampaging horde of Chocobos to crush the party, the player, and anyone they've ever loved.

Hilarious. Though wait, what does this mean? DRM for console titles? Because there's no PC version...right?

YES! Now this is what we need instead of limited installs, we just need a version that makes you die, or the Joker pops up on your screen and starts laughing. I didn't expect something this awesome to come from Eidos.

Wow. there should be more games made like that.
I'm glad they did that, and caught a pirate reporting their trick 'bug' :P

It shouldn't take long for a pirate to re-program it to include all the original moves.

Not that I honestly care too much. I played the demo. It sucked. If anyone lacks a moral code, it's Eidos for releasing such an un-enjoyable pile of rubble.

That. Is. Awesome.

Whoever that moderator is... they just win.

Fuck it if I get in trouble for mentioning warez, but there is a fix out for it, partially rendering this useless.

An interesting approach, I would make the disk expload if u tried to crack it, thus ruining your computer

100% concentrated awesome. The world needs more DRM like this, and less of the kind that you find in Spore.

erikvduyn:
Fuck it if I get in trouble for mentioning warez, but there is a fix out for it, partially rendering this useless.

Mentioning, no. Promoting, yes.

if they do that to Final Fantasy XIII, i'd pirate it just so i could see that herd of chocobo kill everything.

To repeat what terramax said above, it should take pirates all of about a day to release a fix for it through the torrents.

sneak_copter:
That. Is. Awesome.

Whoever that moderator is... they just win.

Also whoever came up with the bug idea.

Pure brilliance.

ChromeAlchemist:

Terramax:
It shouldn't take long for a pirate to re-program it to include all the original moves.

I do agree with this unfortunately, however it does waste your average pirates time, so all is well for now.

OMG you quoted me before I even posted my post! You sir are awesome.
(p.s. I do know you re-edited your post)

This is possibly the most amazing way of counter-attacking pirates.

EPIC WIN! I love those guys.

That's beautiful absolutely beautiful. Everyone should do something like this. Sure it won't stop pirates but at least it'll make buying the game the better choice. As apposed to Spore style DRM which actually inspired more pirating.

Shouldn't other red flags gone up, like a guy commenting on a "bug" for a game that hasn't even been released yet??

I want to buy a pirated FF just to see that bug.

That's really good what the devs did. I like also what they said to one of the pirates. lol.
Good for them

Terramax:

ChromeAlchemist:

Terramax:
It shouldn't take long for a pirate to re-program it to include all the original moves.

I do agree with this unfortunately, however it does waste your average pirates time, so all is well for now.

OMG you quoted me before I even posted my post! You sir are awesome.
(p.s. I do know you re-edited your post)

It's magic. It's a special kind of magic only paedos and Alchemists have. Do you believe?

VanityGirl:
I want to buy a pirated FF just to see that bug.

That's really good what the devs did. I like also what they said to one of the pirates. lol.
Good for them

So this does mean DRM schemes for console games? Are there any other console games with DRM attached to them?

I have to say that this is quite possibly the best idea I've ever heard of. Good work on the part of Rocksteady.

Next step: "leaking" a "cracked" version of a game on the net, which turns out to be a demo that shuts down 20 minutes in to say: "Insert Credit To Continue" or "You are NOT morally superior."

That is freaking hilarious. The fact that the guy had the balls to post it on their own forum asking about a fix for it, and gets his ass royally handed back to him. Priceless.

I'm pretty sure that there will be a fix for this; pirates are quite savvy when it comes to raping DRM in all its forms.

scotth266:
I have to say that this is quite possibly the best idea I've ever heard of. Good work on the part of Rocksteady.

Next step: "leaking" a "cracked" version of a game on the net, which turns out to be a demo that shuts down 20 minutes in to say: "Insert Credit To Continue" or "You are NOT morally superior."

"Insert Credit to Continue" Would be perfect.

No! "The police are on their way". Oh my god, if I could record their reaction...

That settles it. Rocksteady Studios is now my favorite developer.

ChromeAlchemist:
Hilarious. Though wait, what does this mean? DRM for console titles? Because there's no PC version...right?

DRM is just a protocol attempting to prevent the game from being copied, and if you think there's no piracy of Xbox and PS3 games, I have this great timeshare I'd like to sell you... :)

CantFaketheFunk:
Arkham Asylum Pirates Get a Gimpy Batman

ChromeAlchemist:
Why can't more devs do this?

I'm gonna be honest...when I saw the words "gimpy batman"...I assumed the worst and thought this was gonna be another "hot coffee" fiasco...except, you know...involving masochism...

Who cares if the hackers can fix it in a minute, this is the kind of pirate protection that earns developers respect. From me, at least.

Arassar:

ChromeAlchemist:
Hilarious. Though wait, what does this mean? DRM for console titles? Because there's no PC version...right?

DRM is just a protocol attempting to prevent the game from being copied, and if you think there's no piracy of Xbox and PS3 games, I have this great timeshare I'd like to sell you... :)

Timeshare? Is it like magic beans only more magic? Colour me interested!

Course I know there's piracy on 360 and PS3 titles! ;)

hansari:

CantFaketheFunk:
Arkham Asylum Pirates Get a Gimpy Batman

ChromeAlchemist:
Why can't more devs do this?

I'm gonna be honest...when I saw the words "gimpy batman"...I assumed the worst and thought this was gonna be another "hot coffee" fiasco...except, you know...involving masochism...

Maybe there is and we haven't found it. "Wet vines" fiasco involving a threesome between Batman, Bane and Poison Ivy? Jack Thompson would be dancing a jig if he wasn't disbarred.

That's a fantastic response from Eidos, but DRM is still DRM, and creative or not, it'll be bypassed by pirates. At least it looks like this won't affect customers. This still will pack ShittyROM, though, so no buy from me.

So Arkham Asylum has been pirated for the PC already?. I thought that it wasn't going to be released until november at least (we're polishing the PC version yadda yadda yadda OMG piracy!).

Brilliant! Absoloutely brilliant.

And that other guy who was claiming the PC version of B:AA was shit the other day and claiming the game was the finished product (even though he pirated it), I hope you read this.

A bit odd they haven't done it with the 360 and PS3 versions though, they'll be pirated as well. Although it's less prevalent because it's more complicated.

ChromeAlchemist:

scotth266:
I have to say that this is quite possibly the best idea I've ever heard of. Good work on the part of Rocksteady.

Next step: "leaking" a "cracked" version of a game on the net, which turns out to be a demo that shuts down 20 minutes in to say: "Insert Credit To Continue" or "You are NOT morally superior."

"Insert Credit to Continue" Would be perfect.

No! "The police are on their way". Oh my god, if I could record their reaction...

Not to mention the few people drunk enough to wonder: "Where do I stick in the quarter?"

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