Indie Game Devs vs. Piracy


When we released our very first game, Game Dev Tycoon yesterday, we did something unusual and as far as I know unique. We released a cracked version of the game ourselves, minutes after opening our Store.

The cracked version is nearly identical to the real thing except for one detail … as players spend a few hours playing and growing their own game dev company, they will start to see the message pictured above, styled like any other in-game message.

And then the developers started looking up threads online where (pirate) users are complaining about them being affected by piracy and how hard it ruins them. Some hilarious stuff!

Above that I don’t see any reason why one would not buy it: it’s reasonably priced (7 EUR), DRM Free, and you can run it on the default threesome of platforms (Win/OS X/Linux).

What happens when pirates play a game development simulator and then go bankrupt because of piracy? →

SOPA already made its first victim …

The SOPA vote, which was supposed to be yesterday, has been postponed until after the winter recess. Nonetheless, it has already made its first victim: a firefox addon named DeSopa to bypass SOPA DNS Blocking has already been removed from the Firefox Addons Website.

When installed, users can click a single button to resolve a blocked domain via foreign DNS servers, bypassing all domestic DNS blockades and allowing the user to browse the site though the bare IP-address (if supported).

Most likely the plugin was removed because if SOPA comes through, the entire Firefox website (hosting the plugin) can be categorized as illegal … a fine and very sad example of what SOPA can do if approved.

DeSopa Firefox Addon →
DeSopa source (GitHub) →