Developers and publishers have an ongoing fight with piracy, and the search for a meaningful way to combat the practice needs to be subtle and nuanced in a way that doesn’t turn people away completely. With the latest entry in EA and Maxis‘ The Sims franchise, The Sims 4, it seems the method of choice is to pixellate all the graphics in the game, effectively making the game unplayable, unless you enjoy playing the game in graphics that predate even the first The Sims game in 2000.
The irony of the situation is that people affected by this “bug” go on to forums to ask if anybody else has experienced the issue, which makes it incredibly easy to separate the pirates from the rest of the legitimate crowd. I quite like a solution like this to deter pirates, and while it may not ultimately be the best solution to solving the wider issue, you definitely feel like justice is done in this case. My all time favourite anti-piracy measure, however, is the appearance of vuvuzelas in the Michael Jackson Experience on Nintendo DS, which made the game feel like a soccer match at the World Cup held in South Africa. Classy.
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