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Anyone Who Pirates The Sims 4 Is In For A Surprise

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Folks who opted to download a torrent of The Sims 4 are finding something completely unexpected: censorship.


As veteran Sims players know, the game will normally pixellate Sims when they're nude (like say, when a Sim takes a bath, or goes to the bathroom.) According to various reports around the web, pirated copies of the game make Sims permanently pixellated, which gives the game a goofy, censored look—as you can see in the initial image in this post, by nihwtf.

The funny thing is, some pirates looking for fixes to this bug are trying to play it off as ~some random glitch~ that happened to them. Of course they do: the pirates don't initially know the bug happens because they torrented the game.

But some people do know what's up. Guides are popping up specifically telling people how to get rid of the glitch if you downloaded the game illegally, and new torrents which purport to fix the issue can also be spotted:

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Granted, it's entirely possible some people actually bought the game and have encountered a glitch like this, too. Overall, though, pirates seem to readily admit this happened to them on their torrented copy of the game.

According to Joystiq, EA has "no plans to aid those players unable to enjoy their pirated copies of The Sims 4. Instead, the publisher urges affected players to purchase their own copy of the game which should lack the telltale pixelation."

We contacted EA to ask about this, and will update if we hear back. It's worth noting that shenanigans like this aren't unique to The Sims, and have been a funny method that developers use to trick pirates into outing themselves for quite some time.

To contact the author of this post, write to or find her on Twitter @xpatriciah.

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Hey, it's not pirated, it's the The Sims 4: Minecraft Edition.