A Smarter Approach To PC Gaming Piracy

There are two ways you can tackle piracy: the way that doesn't work (threats, control and lockdowns) and the way that does (offering a superior service to piracy). » 3/15/15 8:00pm 3/15/15 8:00pm

Torrents are suddenly allowed in Steam chat again. No disappearing messages, no block pages. At worst, you'll get a warning that you're venturing beyond Steam's gilded grayblue cage. Valve has not explained why they made this sudden about-face after their recent spat of arbitrary blocks. Welp. As you were, then. » 2/17/15 3:21pm 2/17/15 3:21pm

Steam Chat's Torrent Blocking Is Entirely Arbitrary

This is curious. Recently Steam users (myself included, after a few tests) discovered that certain torrent links no longer work in Steam chat. Some have even reported messages disappearing altogether. Here's the thing, though: it only applies to some popular torrent sites, but not others like The Pirate Bay. » 2/16/15 7:24pm 2/16/15 7:24pm

Otaku Say Anti-Piracy Ad Demonizes Them

Online piracy is a problem for copyright holders, there's no question there. However, Japan's latest ad campaign against the illegal uploading of copyrighted materials has been causing a bit of a stir due to its apparent demonization of Japanese otaku in one of the ads. » 2/05/15 5:00am 2/05/15 5:00am

The Most Infamous Pokémon Bootleg

There's Pokémon Crystal, the third game in the second generation of Pokémon games. And then there's Pokémon Vietnamese Crystal, the bootleg version of the game with mistranslations. There's a difference. » 1/28/15 3:00pm 1/28/15 3:00pm

PC Game Traps Pirates Inside An Elevator

Continuing a fine tradition of developers finding creative ways to punish pirates, Croteam - developers of the excellent Talos Principle - have decided they'll just trap them inside an elevator. Forever. » 12/29/14 7:00pm 12/29/14 7:00pm

After Huge Hack, Fury and Other Unreleased Sony Films Leak On the Web

Sony Pictures is having a tough Thanksgiving week. After being hacked almost week ago (by maybe North Korea?), DVD-quality downloads of Fury and other unreleased Sony films have leaked on the web, according to TorrentFreak. » 11/30/14 12:00pm 11/30/14 12:00pm

Piracy Killed The Dreamcast, Piracy Saved The Dreamcast

Marketing, timing and the PS2 all played a big part, but one of the other reasons cited in the untimely demise of the Dreamcast was the ease with which games could be pirated. That may be, but as Michael Gapper reminds us, it was also one of the best things about the system. » 9/02/14 9:00pm 9/02/14 9:00pm

The Men Who Hacked Mario Kart 8

"I don't want to go to bed at night thinking I've ruined thousands of people's fun," one of the two men who's cracked open the code for the Wii U's biggest game told me this week. I was confused. » 8/15/14 10:00am 8/15/14 10:00am

The Most Relatively Pirated Games, By State [Update]

Fan Pirates Game, Accidentally Tells Developer About It

When fighting game fan "Dan Hibiki" got a strange message while playing Skullgirls, he did what anyone with a Twitter account might do: he contacted the game developers to ask what was going on. Little did he know that the message, pictured below, was something that only those who pirated the game could see. » 7/09/14 4:00pm 7/09/14 4:00pm

Iraqi Bootleg Game Covers Are The Best Kind Of Ridiculous

While piracy is the pits, you gotta love bootleg covers: they mash up all sorts of things that either make no sense, or somehow make the source material even funnier. In some cases, they even make you wish the game advertised on the cover officially actually existed, instead of whatever pirated game is actually in… » 4/11/14 5:30pm 4/11/14 5:30pm

Pirate Bay's Oldest Torrent Is Not Porn, Music Or A Video Game

Torrenting may be a practice dominated by the sharing of movies, tv shows, music, porn and games, but the oldest active torrent on the internet is none of those things. » 3/31/14 10:00pm 3/31/14 10:00pm

The Pirate Bay (Domain) Flees To A Volcanic Island

Torrent trackers The Pirate Bay have had the authorities tightening the noose around their operations for years now, but this week things have taken a twist for the absurd/awesome. » 12/10/13 10:30pm 12/10/13 10:30pm

Studio Pirates Its Own Game, Because Why The Hell Not

Vitali Kirpu and Alex Poysky, the developers behind Pixel Piracy, have "pirated" a copy of their own game, offering a free torrent download on their site. Because if you can't beat 'em, appeal to their sense of decency. » 12/03/13 2:00am 12/03/13 2:00am

Someone Inside The Vatican Is Pirating Video Games

Last year's version of divorce simulator Football Manager contained an interesting hidden secret: there was code inside that let the developers track the IP of everybody who pirated a copy of the game. » 11/14/13 12:00am 11/14/13 12:00am

Feds Say Microsoft Contractor Made $500K Trafficking Modded Xbox 360s

A Washington man made almost half a million dollars selling Xbox 360s modified to play pirated games, the FBI alleges, but here's the kicker—he did so while he was a Microsoft contractor, and even after he was sued by Activision for pirating its games. » 10/30/13 6:30pm 10/30/13 6:30pm

Downloading the "GTA V PC Torrent" is 18GB Worth of Bad Ideas

About the only thing I can see that's wrong with this diabolical plot is the fact suckers have to download an 18GB torrent before the malware is unleashed. Otherwise, there's a bogus torrent of Grand Theft Auto V's nonexistent PC version that's claimed several victims of late. » 10/22/13 9:40am 10/22/13 9:40am