Generally, those who create monster indie game hits don't follow up by spouting, well, corporate attitudes about their games when in public. So the fact Markus "Notch" Persson has a more liberal view of the piracy issue isn't that surprising. But he does have strong words for it.
Not 24 hours since its release, here's the Nintendo 3DS running the notorious R4 flash cart. It's not that much of a surprise - probably doesn't even qualify as a hack, as a 3DS is fully backward compatible with DS cartridges, essentially what this is.
For some, the inclusion of DRM - "digital rights management" which prevents copying - is a provocative act. That makes requiring an online check-in for a game with no online component, like Bionic Commando: Rearmed 2, both perplexing and obnoxious.
A German appeals court threw out a judgment Atari had won against RapidShare, the popular file-hosting site where Atari says copies of games from its Alone in the Dark series were being illegally shared.
Just how big a deal is software piracy? When security company Avast noticed that one of its paid-for licenses was being distributed illicitly online, they decided to track it. A year and a half later, the downloads approached one million.
It'd be rather embarrassing to be publicly outed as an erotic novel aficionado, especially one that supports a USB attachment that gets you off while playing it. This happened to some Japanese file-sharers who thought they were pirating a game.
Research focusing on 200 specific titles showed 9.78 million illegal copies of video games were downloaded worldwide in the month of December, according to the Entertainment Software Association.
I remember when my copy of Legacy of the Ancients arrived with its codewheel. I fired up my 1200 baud acoustically-coupled modem, hit the BBS and ranted my indignation that I can do as I please with my purchase.