Arkham Asylum Pirates Get a Gimpy Batman

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Serves them right, not showing a little respect to the guys who put out the best Batman game EVER.

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... :)

I'm quite sure there isn't any piracy of PS3 games, only 360, PC, Wii, PS2, PSX and Dreamcast titles.

Also, on topic: doesn't the PC version of B:AA come out in about 10 days?
*goes to torrent sites*

Wow, there are several version up now, and a fix for the glide kick thing.

Nice try, but ultimately futile.

OP is talking out of his ass. Eidos's so-called "DRM" was bypassed very quickly and doesn't bother any of the people who pirated the game.

Yes! Brutal justice is served to those dirty pirates. They deserve their gimpy Bat.

Yeah, if it hasn't been bypassed by now it will be. Still, this is the most amusing attempt at DRM ever!

Truly genius, hopefully more companies follow this and they can slowly kill off piracy or at least blow a hole in it.

mahzorimpan:
OP is talking out of his ass. Eidos's so-called "DRM" was bypassed very quickly and doesn't bother any of the people who pirated the game.

No DRM is perfect; all of them will get bypassed eventually.

However, creative in-game piracy has a lot of advantages over the usual annoying ones:
1) They don't affect legitimate consumers. I'm sure many people hate things like online activation, limited installs, etc.
2) It forces a reaction by the pirates. Think of it as a little bit of revenge. Even when bypassed, at least it forced the pirates to do a bit more work.
3) It also serves as entertainment for legitimate consumers and the developers. This article is proof of that.

Can we stop piracy? No. But, we can at least have a little fun by firing back at them without penalizing people who actually bought the product.

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

Second that.

paketep:
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!).

Steam says mid-September... so how is it already pirated, anyway?

This takes me back to the VERY old PC days when making an illegal copy would result in releasing a virus onto the hard drive.

I can imagine some of the pirates acting like this.

lacktheknack:

paketep:
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!).

Steam says mid-September... so how is it already pirated, anyway?

Because games are always done well before the actual release date. First they need to finalize the game (which is referred to as "going gold"). Once a game has gone gold, they start mass producing the discs. Then they need to ship said discs out to the stores. There might even be a few other steps in there as well.

Pirated games most likely come from advance copies that are sent out to various sources such as reviewers and what not, which is how the pirates are able to get the game on torrents even before the game has been released.

archvile93:
That is pretty funny, but I think they should've taken it one step further. I think they should have included a virus that does something truly diabolical such as delete the offender's entire HDD, or cause their mother board to overheat and break (yes that can happen).

That would count as destruction of property...

Terramax:
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.

Obvious troll is obvious.

As for the topic, this is awesome :).

CantFaketheFunk:
...okay, people do get that the FF13 thing was a joke, right?

Most people on here are clinically retarded at this point. So the likely answer is no.

On a related note again to the topic, anytime DRM doesn't involve effing with anything outside of the game I'm happy.

I'm sick of CD checks, gameguard, and all this other nonsense (looking at you too securom). If you want to make my main guy shit himself to death because it is pirated, I'm all for it, but don't screw with my legit copy (which they didn't).

I'm usually against DRM but I can support this kind of thing. Plus the game is very well done (one of the best games I've played in 5 years easily).

happy Valve doesn't do this
(counter strike anyone)

Anarien:

matrix3509:
To repeat what terramax said above, it should take pirates all of about a day to release a fix for it through the torrents.

Sure, but traditional DRM is also going to get cracked. It's just anti-consumer. But at least this DRM was creative and unintrusive to the legitimate customer.

Thats true, at least this kind of DRM is consumer friendly.

See, when I saw this thread, I was way more impressed. I imagined a literal gimped batman. maybe a broken leg, andhe whiffs all his punches

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.

I soooo hope that this will get put on YouTube. I'm not going to download an illegal copy, but I'm not going to miss this!

ChromeAlchemist:
"The police are on their way"

That would work wonderfully. Great idea.

That is truly awesome.

Much like Operation Flashpoints FADE copy protection did anyone ever figure out if it actually existed or wroked ?

Kwil:

Asehujiko:
Talk about trying to save face... The bug was discovered a few hours after the leak, was fixed BY ROCKSTEADY and promptly cracked again in 5 minutes. This isn't "good use of drm", this is them being saved from a massive launch debacle and instead of admitting that pirates managed to expose a glaring flaw in the game they claim that is was intended all along and that the people who helped them are evil.

Indeed, that's a far more believable story. After all, it makes complete sense that a function so integral to the game that it shows up within 5 minutes in the demo and works perfectly there gets mysteriously broken for the full release and not noticed by any QA guys until a friendly pirate happens to come along.

Explain the mysterious 26kb patch going over GFWL to people with a working GFWL account, which, when cracked, fixes all the bugs. Or are you implying that pirates have taken over GFWL servers and are using it to distribute updates for their cracks? In which case, Bush did 9/11, faked the moon landings and shot JFK.

This wouldn't be the first time that stuff was added to a demo after it was split from the main game and then somebody forgot to add it back in he full product. For example, the particle effects for the Wii port of CoDWaW(which worked in the demo but not in the full game) and half the dialogue in the english version of The Witcher. The otherwise sorry state of the port supports the theory that they just didn't put any effort into it.

Awesome, FU Pirates.

This is amazing.

Not a perfect solution to piracy, as there probably never will be one, but certainly a creative and amusing application of an idea to counter it.

This is pretty funny, not epic but funny.

Fixing it so that every time a button is pushed batman turns around and gives the player the finger, THAT would have been epic.

archvile93:
That is pretty funny, but I think they should've taken it one step further. I think they should have included a virus that does something truly diabolical such as delete the offender's entire HDD, or cause their mother board to overheat and break (yes that can happen).

Except that is a criminal offence, and would be difficult to safely test.

BrownGaijin:
This takes me back to the VERY old PC days when making an illegal copy would result in releasing a virus onto the hard drive.

I can imagine some of the pirates acting like this.

I knew it would be that, long before clicking it.

OWNED

There needs to be more things like this. If I was a developer I would have the story end with batman having to kill an unbeatable boss. When that happens guys, you know its me.

dude... i may have to get a cracked version of ff13 just to do that over and over and over again

They should do this in all games, fuck pirates!
I also liked: "Insert Credit to Continue.", "The police are on their way.", "You are NOT morally superior." or my idea "You're willing to risk a [insert computer value here] computer to save 50 bucks?" It would actually say [insert computer value here].

Terramax:
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.

I hope you're not implying that because you personally did not enjoy the game, it should be OK to illegally distribute.

As much as I am totally against DRM in most aspects, I think this one will actually be pretty fun, if at least you no longer need to go through endless other security checks before that.

I actually think to remember a retrospective video about a game that came out about 10 years ago... dunno really what it was but it was some kind of Settlers type of game, not unlike the Early Anno XX0X games. Eitherway, if you forgot to put in the CD while playing the blacksmith produced COWS..... yea.... :p

ukslim:
The problem with all DRM is when it prevents you from doing something you should be entitled to. For example, buy a game and play it on more than one computer (at different times).

The problem with this kind of *sneaky* DRM, is that you might be trying to do such a legitimate thing, only to find the game is unplayable after wasting lots of time on it.

Umm... no. It is only there for the pirated version. Which is far from legitamate.

matrix3509:

Anarien:

matrix3509:
To repeat what terramax said above, it should take pirates all of about a day to release a fix for it through the torrents.

Sure, but traditional DRM is also going to get cracked. It's just anti-consumer. But at least this DRM was creative and unintrusive to the legitimate customer.

Thats true, at least this kind of DRM is consumer friendly.

Exactly.

I'm not in favor of DRM, especially when it hinders the customer instead of actually providing the benefits that should come with legally acquiring a game.

What we've seen in most cases is that whenever DRM is applied, the legitimate customers come out as the losers.

However, I have to admit this "DRM Trap" is pretty ingenious. It won't last forever and soon enough someone will correct the issue, but it's good enough to show people that the developers are aware of the scenario and that they are worried about applying restrictions to those who didn't pay for the game.

They should have made the batarang boomerang.

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.

Haha! Burn!

That should stop the pirates for all of .001 seconds.

But at least it was funny.

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