Arkham Asylum Pirates Get a Gimpy Batman

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hahah great idea!! finally some incentive for people not to pirate games....

actually this game has been fully cracked, so yeah.

and besides, the good thing i have to say about piracy is that it keeps money out of the hands of shitty publishers, like EA and such. granted this can hurt smaller developers, but at least it fights back unreasonable costs and charging for shit like DLC... which should be free anyways.

this game is so hard rocking you are a total lame if its not collecting dust on your shelf!

yourbeliefs:
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 am aware of a game that was flooded by complaints about the game being badly bugged and crashing after they had ran afoul of similar DRM.

The company did not point out they had snagged on a drm to avoid them fixing it... the net result that people reading the forums didn't pay attention to the dates of complaints being before the release date, and the negative word of mouth about how buggy it was pretty much destroyed the game before it was released.

Now that's DRM I can live with! Why the hell hasn't every company adopted something like this? I guarantee it would crush pirating in record time.

Imagine you pirate a movie like say...The Sixth Sense. Within the first 5 minutes of the movie it cuts away to a black screen that says "BRUCE WILLIS IS ALREADY DEAD!" That would most definitely put a large damper on many pirates. This is a brilliant idea that actually makes sense; I'd back this concept all the way to congress if the situation ever arises.

Finally some people started doing this. Serves them right, I say.

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...

Oh my God, that would be the most epic thing ever. If you could somehow just do that as a prank on one of your friends., it would be epic. They'd be like, "wtf?! I gotta get outta here!"

Wouldn't it be awesome if they traced the call of the pirate, and got Christian Bale to dress up like Batman and throw a batrang at his computer, and then beat him up?

that was pure pure win..

Their "DRM" did nothing. I've already beaten the game...

Game companies really should do this more often.

Points for creativity but they're not the first company to try such things (Operation Flashpoint's loading screen advertises its 'performance degrading' anti piracy measures, and that's 8 years old now) and it doesn't take pirates long to find a way around such things. Anyone who downloaded a copy of Batman Arkham Asylum would merely have had to wait a day or so before a new crack became available so that they could carry on playing, and presumably this doesn't apply to the Xbox 360 version at all because a crack wouldn't be required. So all in all this was arguably a waste of the developers' time because they should have been coming up with something truly innovative that wouldn't be cracked in 15 minutes by some 16 year old. What's wrong with printing manuals full of code with glossy black text on a matte black background to prevent photocopying or scanning and then occasionally asking the gamer for the first letter of the third word of the second sentence of paragraph five on page 20?

finally a reason not to pirate games beside me being terrified of the Internet police giving me a 8 million bill for downloading tetris.

nice to see developers punish the pirates instead of the customers.

This "Copyright trick" shalt not prevail, as in teh intarwebz are enough pirates who can solve this problem. No one fucks with Anonymous.

Um.... definitely lol.

Wow, this is just awesome. I hope more developers use stuff like this. Rocksteady has just made my day are now on my list of favorite developers.

Actually, I can see this backfiring rather incredibly. Some buggy installation problem or something and next thing you know you've got everyone with a messed up copy of the game, with them all being called pirates.

The idea is not strictly speaking new, little gifts being left for pirates has been around since the days of the Commodore 64 (causing things like scrolling text lecturing against piracy). However I think that the more companies do this, the more inevitably your going to see a massive backfire when something inevitably gets messed up.

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

You should check out FADE. It's a similar type of DRM used in Operation Flashpoint (the original games) and in the ArmA series. It slowly degrades accuracy, makes random radio calls, hampers movement, and eventually turns the player into a seagull if a pirated version is used.

EDIT: I don't believe that the version of FADE the protects ArmA 2 has been cracked quite yet. I know it wil lbe done eventually, but it's one of the more difficult DRMs to crack since it uses calls to specific, inconspicuous, registry keys as well as in-game triggers and a security key.

LimaBravo:
That is truly awesome.

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

I mentioned FADE on a previous post because I did not see anyone else really give it credit (since it was doing things like this 8 years ago).

FADE was cracked eventually, and the ArmA 2 version will also be cracked eventually. However, I have my doubts as to whether or not the current version of FADE has been cracked, yet. I base this on the number of people that have claimed to have gotten NASTY viruses from their pirated versions of ArmA 2.

FADE is not perfect, but from my standpoint, it is one of the least intrusive and most iron-clad DRMs out there.

Windknight:

yourbeliefs:
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 am aware of a game that was flooded by complaints about the game being badly bugged and crashing after they had ran afoul of similar DRM.

The company did not point out they had snagged on a drm to avoid them fixing it... the net result that people reading the forums didn't pay attention to the dates of complaints being before the release date, and the negative word of mouth about how buggy it was pretty much destroyed the game before it was released.

Iron Lore was the company, I think. I know of that because they also made DoW: Soulstorm. I think Iron Lore shouldn't have the game actually crash, and instead let the player KNOWS that the game think it has been pirated.

On the Relicnews forum, there was much sympathy when Iron Lore went under...but that sympathy turned into utter rage when Soulstorm came out (considered the worst game in the Dawn of War series). Instead of people blaming piracy for Iron Lore's downfall, they blamed Iron Lore itself for creating lame games.

I have a dream. I have a dream in which people can download games for free!
....it was a stupid dream.

elricik:
Wouldn't it be awesome if they traced the call of the pirate, and got Christian Bale to dress up like Batman and throw a batrang at his computer, and then beat him up?

Yes. Oh, the irony...

As someone else mentioned, it doesn't matter so much if it gets cracked, they have a few more respect points in my books now ;p
Ye, wasn't expecting this from Eidos of all people though.

And thus a [I]true[/I[ crusade against anti-piracy begins.

nice try by rocksteady to do something along these lines.

However, similar stuff has been done with Grand Theft Auto 4 on the pc (Drunk mode)

Personally, I hate Drm and the general attitude by developers upon the standard game buying public, especially the ignorance at the availability of games for consoles being so widely available on the internet.

the only people that DRM stops is the layman copier and dumb pirate. the knowledgeable pirates will find a way around it, leaving the genuine customers with a lot of background shit on their computer.

Someone will probably make an unofficial patch to fix the problem.

That is easily one of the coolest things I've read this week.

I already want to get Arkham Asylum as an awesome game. Now I want to give the developers my money out of sheer awe. BEST. DRM. EVER.

I think its the way to go, very awesome job, only problem is telling people why it's bugging on them, then they know its DRM.

I paid $120AUD for the game, couldn't wait for postage from the UK so I paid an extra $50 just so I could get the game earlier, so screw you pirates.

Brillient idea. THAT'S the form of DRM ALL games should be using. I kinda wanna see a youtube video of that falling to death part.

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.

I might have to pirate the game just to see this.

Rocksteady was already awesome but now they are just really really really really Awesome !

This will not work, if anything it will just take up another hour or two of a pirate's time.

Oh yeah, what about people who bought a legit copy and had the copyright turn that off on them? Any of that happen yet?

It would be pretty degrading to the programmers if it was really an actual glitch or as-of-yet unimplemented gameplay mechanic, considering it hasn't actually been released yet. I know it's close to the release date, but that's like someone walking up to you halfway through an english exam or something and loudly pointing out that it's only half finished, and wondering if you'd noticed.

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).

Yeah, if they did that they would have gotten sued by the pirate and the pirate would have won because the company would have had no right to destroy the pirate's console no matter how he obtained the game. Legally or otherwise.

I swear that the joker did this.

Either that or rocksteady is even smarter than the riddler.

Rocksteady, you have earnt yourselves a medal.

"A Eidos gold account is required to play this game"

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