One of my favorite issues to put in writing about on this web site are the inventive methods builders have discovered to fuck with folks pirating their video video games, so it’s with nice pleasure I get to share one other instance as we speak.
Ross Symons, the CEO of Big Ant Studios, has been speaking on Twitter as we speak about among the measures his firm has used to cope with pirates, that are much more inventive then simply denying them entry to the sport.
Speaking particularly about sports activities sport Cricket 22, the studios’ newest launch, he says Big Ant simply turned on their very own thought of piracy safety for the sport, which entails making the entire display screen flash white between matches. Like these type of anti-piracy measures usually do, it’s drawn a variety of oblivious pirates to the sport’s help boards, asking for assist in fixing their drawback:
The white display screen is simply the beginning of Big Ant’s plans, although. Responding to former Kotaku AU Editor Alex Walker’s questions on Twitter, Symons says the corporate “has different issues in retailer.” Some of them are favorite measures from older video games, like ensuring pirates lose 100% of coin tosses, displaying controller connection error messages and, most irritating of all, ensuring they must discipline first (whereas the AI bats), then when it’s the participant’s flip to attain some runs, making it “rain ceaselessly” till the sport is cancelled (which is one thing that occurs in cricket).
I requested Symons about these measures and the way Big Ant implement them, and he advised me, “We even have a management panel for it right here,” the place on a whim they will “choose what occurs to pirates,” with another choices being a black display screen as a substitute of a white one, and telling customers that the batteries of their controller want changing.
“I determine if individuals are going to steal the sport,” Symons says, “we’d as properly have some enjoyable at their expense.” He additionally says that since turning the anti-pirate measures on, gross sales of Cricket 22 “are up 300%,” thanking those that have “transformed” to a authentic copy, whereas engaging any present pirates nonetheless clinging onto their free variations with a promise that “if you are going to buy now then you’ll mechanically get to maintain your progress.”