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    Game Dev Tycoon creator punishes pirates with in-game bankruptcy

    This is absolutely hilarious!

    Upon launching its debut title Game Dev Tycoon for Windows, Mac, and Linux yesterday, creator Green Heart Games implemented a clever approach to anti-piracy, targeting non-paying players with a game-ending dose of ironic retribution.

    The cracked version of Game Dev Tycoon, which Green Heart Games created and distributed itself, functions normally for the first few hours of play. Soon, however, the player's up-and-coming studio encounters a serious problem.

    "Boss, it seems that while many players play our new game, they steal it by downloading a cracked version rather than buying it legally," reads one in-game message in the pirated version of Game Dev Tycoon. "If players don't buy the games they like, we will sooner or later go bankrupt."

    Shortly thereafter, all games created by the virtual studio suffer a very high piracy rate. The end result is bankruptcy, and a premature end to the player's quest. As a result, Green Heart Games received a series of help requests from baffled software pirates on its forum. "Why are there so many people that pirate?" one player asked. "It ruins me!"

    Though it finds humor in the situation, Green Heart Games also notes an unpleasant reality: paying players make up only 6.4 percent of Game Dev Tycoon's userbase. By tracking anonymous usage data, the developer found that 3,104 players opted to pirate the game, while only 214 users paid $7.99 for a legitimate copy.

    "When I was younger, downloading illegal copies was practically normal but this was mostly because global game distribution was in its infancy," Game Dev Tycoon co-creator Patrick Klug admits in a follow-up blog post. "We are not wealthy and it's unlikely that we will be any time soon, so stop pretending like we don't need your 8 dollars! We are just two guys working our butts off, trying to start our own game studio to create games which are fun to play."
    Source: Joystiq
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    Double post because I want to keep this separate. It's a pirate complaining about piracy in the game. I'm pretty sure this is fake, but it's pretty funny:
    pirate: guys: I'm having problems. My sales are going down because of piracy!
    forum member: yeah...well...I know what you mean. Piracy is a bitch, isn't it?
    pirate: you're telling me! Rotten a**holes. This way, there's just no way to keep up quality or even keep my team together.
    forum member: okay...here's the solution: you've got to lead by example on this. If you don't pirate, neither will the peeps in the game.
    pirate: huh? C'mon...be a bit less cryptic, okay? If things keep going this way, I'll be producing shovelware in no time.
    forum member: I'm saying that you shouldn't pirate. That's what's causing it.
    pirate: but I'm not pirating! It took the whole earnings of my last game to pay for the UnrealEd and train my programmers to use it, but I never broke any laws. In fact, I didn't even knew you COULD pirate that.
    forum member: I'm not talking about in-game piracy.
    pirate: is there any other kind? I've tried inventing some very obstrusive DRM that made users use serial numbers, that only worked on a fraction of the DVD-drives AND that required constant internet connection. Took me quite a bit of research, but aside from lowering the popularity of my company and slightly less sales (which caused me to have to bribe more gaming magazines), it didn't stop piracy.
    forum member: that's because you're using a cracked version of the game.
    pirate: what does that have to do with anything? I'm glad I haven't bought this game...you can't win with it. Piracy is way too much of an issue!
    forum member: if you had bought the game, it wouldn't be an issue.
    pirate: why should I buy games? I'm not stealing anything. Besides...there wasn't a demo available, so I HAD to!
    forum member: just out of curiosity...did you make a demo in that game as well?
    pirate: naah...it took too much work. But that's ingame. This is the real thing!
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