Interesting Ways Developers Punished Video Game Piracy

Digital piracy of video games

Video game developers put in hours and hours to perfect their craft. The livelihood they’ve chosen is to entertain us and engage us in the best of what their creativity, coding, and design skills can offer.

Unfortunately, certain groups would much rather have their games for free rather than pay the developers for their hard work and commitment. Piracy used to be a huge problem for the industry, but now the developers are fighting back with some fascinating and hilarious punishments.

If you have the best gaming laptop, here are a few examples of why you should always buy original copies of the games you play:

The Sims 4

Pirated version of Sims 4 pixelated

A lot of people were very excited about the release of The Sims 4 back in 2014. Some people were so excited that they neglected to pay for a legitimate copy and proceeded to download a pirated copy.

Unfortunately, the game had a game-breaking bug that made the entire game blurry and pixelated. The bug starts with an obscured nude Sim and starts spreading from there. What’s interesting about this bug is it only happens if the player is using an illegitimate copy of the game.

Serious Sam 3

Red Scorpions from Serious Sam 3
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Serious Sam 3 works fine whether you’re playing a legitimate or illegitimate copy. So was Croteam just being kindhearted here? Not at all. If you have a cracked version of the game, you’re going to have a hard time finishing it. The cracked versions feature a huge, invincible pink scorpion that will keep chasing you until you’re dead.

Talos Principle

Trapped in the Elevator from the Talos Principle

Another Croteam game, the Talos Principle was one of the best games to come out in 2014, and it had such a crafty way of dealing with those pirates. Whenever you’re moving between the game’s levels, you’re required to use the elevators. If you have the pirated copy, one of the elevators you need to advance to the next stage will stop midway which will lock the player in forever.

You won’t be able to move forward with the game or exit the elevator. This trap springs sometime in the middle of the game, only once you’ve invested several hours. Save yourself the pain and buy the original.

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Batman from Arkham Asylum gliding in the air

Just like Serious Sam 3, you can play Batman: Arkham Asylum just fine even if you have a cracked copy. Except for one thing. Whenever you use the gliding ability, Batman won’t fly through the air gracefully. Instead, you’ll see flapping his arms until he just falls to the ground. Without gliding, you won’t get passed the starting sections of the game.

Crysis: Warhead

Chickens instead of bullets in Crysis

Crysis: Warhead is a game filled with action-packed shootouts with various weapons. But if the game detects you have an illegitimate version of the game, all that action is going to get comedic very fast. All of your weapons, pistols, rifles, machine guns, or grenade launchers, will be shooting live chickens instead.

Aside from that one quirk, the game will play out the same as the legitimate copy, but all your poultry-based weaponry won’t be able to kill anything, making melee combat your only option.

Game Dev Tycoon

Game Dev Tycoon pirated version

Game Dev Tycoon puts you in the shoes of game developers, and it can teach you a valuable lesson about how much real-life developers put into their craft, and the twist couldn’t be any more ironic.

If you choose to pirate this game, you’re going to receive an in-game warning that too many players are pirating your game.  This irony will eventually lead to your company losing profits and ending up bankrupt. The funny thing, the developers themselves uploaded this version to torrent sites.

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