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(Contact Music)   Take THAT, illegal downloaders: Watch Dog's torrent has a virus that turns a PC into a bitcoin miner   (contactmusic.com) divider line 162
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2014-05-26 09:32:46 AM  
Take note people! This is the first virus ever propagated through torrents. We're boned!!
 
2014-05-26 10:52:11 AM  
ohmgee, it's the end of torrenting as we know it!!
 
2014-05-26 10:54:10 AM  
Now *that* is funny.
 
2014-05-26 10:57:21 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Take note people! This is the first virus ever propagated through torrents. We're boned!!


I thought the joke was about people complaining about a virus inside software they stole, the software being a game about (or involving) hacking.
 
2014-05-26 10:57:59 AM  
BUY YOUR GODDAMN GAMES, PEOPLE! If you don't want to pay that much, you wait a few years and get it cheap. Stop trying to vindicate those DRM whiners.
 
2014-05-26 11:00:12 AM  
Not as clever as that torrent version of some game development company sim that added a feature where your games kept getting pirated instead of bought and thus making it unsustainable.  That was hilarious.  I imagine its more profitable to the original seeder though.

/Steam and other online sellers nipped my game pirating habit
//Buggy half baked releases from the likes of Kerberos & Egosoft nipped my pre-ordering habit
 
2014-05-26 11:02:29 AM  
What an awful article. I bet it will have morons deleting system files.

How is this supposed to work with a blockchain file that measures in the gigabytes now?
 
2014-05-26 11:03:08 AM  

rjakobi: BUY YOUR GODDAMN GAMES, PEOPLE! If you don't want to pay that much, you wait a few years and get it cheap. Stop trying to vindicate those DRM whiners.


You typically don't even have to wait a few years, there's been plenty of games that appear iffy for delivering a $60 value and you just had to wait for the next steam sale to get them at half price or less.
 
2014-05-26 11:12:17 AM  

BumpInTheNight: rjakobi: BUY YOUR GODDAMN GAMES, PEOPLE! If you don't want to pay that much, you wait a few years and get it cheap. Stop trying to vindicate those DRM whiners.

You typically don't even have to wait a few years, there's been plenty of games that appear iffy for delivering a $60 value and you just had to wait for the next steam sale to get them at half price or less.


On the other hand, Walmart was still selling COD:MW3 for full price the last time I went there.
 
2014-05-26 11:13:08 AM  

rjakobi: BUY YOUR GODDAMN GAMES, PEOPLE! If you don't want to pay that much, you wait a few years and get it cheap. Stop trying to vindicate those DRM whiners.


Shoot, you don't even have to wait that long. South Park: Stick of Truth was on sale at Amazon the other day for $40, and will probably get lower than that in the upcoming Steam Summer Sale.
 
2014-05-26 11:18:57 AM  
HA! HA!
 
2014-05-26 11:25:00 AM  
FTA:  These, ladies and gentlemen, are the perils of illegally downloading software. Ubisoft's ...

Ubisoft? Someone is wasting bandwidth and time on a Ubisoft title? Yeah, surrrrrre.
 
2014-05-26 11:30:00 AM  
Guess some folk still don't know that these things go on sale, practically for free on Steam 6 months after release.
 
2014-05-26 11:31:23 AM  

rjakobi: BUY YOUR GODDAMN GAMES, PEOPLE! If you don't want to pay that much, you wait a few years and get it cheap. Stop trying to vindicate those DRM whiners.


This is true if you're buying an EA game. For every other publisher? Usually 6 months to a year before Steam/Origin/PS Store/XBox Gold Sale has them at discount prices.
 
2014-05-26 11:32:12 AM  
I almost wish they hadn't announced what anti-pirate method was being used.

Forget the game, but there was one that had all the weapons fire harmless chickens instead of bullets, for both you and the enemy. Would kinda made it hard to progress in the game, but made for some hilarious complaints and replies on the official game forums

On a side note, I pre-ordered this game through steam, and the fates hate me, as I won't be home for another week
 
2014-05-26 11:43:32 AM  

Mr.Tangent: Guess some folk still don't know that these things go on sale, practically for free on Steam 6 months after release.


It should also be common knowledge that nearly every leak that occurs before the actual release is simply a honey pot.

Anyway, it's not just Steam, but Amazon (who sells games on Steam and Origin), GOG.com (for those older games,) Humble Bundle, and others sell games for so cheap that piracy is pretty much pointless at this point.

You simply wait and you can pick up a ton of games for $5 each to the point where you have a near limitless backlog of stuff.

Plus by waiting there's usually lots of great mods available by the time you play the game.

I still have both Witchers, Dragon Age, Dark Souls, etc. that I really need to play.

Borderlands 2 seems to have sucked up all my game time though.  Bought the GotY from Amazon for $20 and I can't stop playing!
 
2014-05-26 11:43:52 AM  

ADubs86: This is true if you're buying an EA game.


dailypicksandflicks.com
 
2014-05-26 11:46:27 AM  

BumpInTheNight: Not as clever as that torrent version of some game development company sim that added a feature where your games kept getting pirated instead of bought and thus making it unsustainable. That was hilarious. I imagine its more profitable to the original seeder though.


Yeah, that was a good one.  Note that the original seeder was the company that released the game.
 
2014-05-26 11:47:08 AM  
if you're illegaly downloading Take That songs, you deserve any viruses you get
 
2014-05-26 11:54:46 AM  
Fine, I won't download to demo and therefore increase the chances that I might buy your game. You're already treating me like criminal scum.
 
2014-05-26 11:56:10 AM  
What about that (I think) Serious Sam game that sent an invincible pink scorpion after you if you pirated the game? It was crazy fast, crazy tough, would never relent and you couldn't kill it by any means.
 
2014-05-26 12:03:16 PM  
Well I am going to pick up my copy of Watch Dogs at midnight from Gamestop.  Nice to have enough money that downloading seems stupid.
 
2014-05-26 12:03:51 PM  
Apostrophe.
 
2014-05-26 12:04:20 PM  
Downloading isn't illegal.  Sharing/uploading is.
 
2014-05-26 12:04:58 PM  

Loren: BumpInTheNight: Not as clever as that torrent version of some game development company sim that added a feature where your games kept getting pirated instead of bought and thus making it unsustainable. That was hilarious. I imagine its more profitable to the original seeder though.

Yeah, that was a good one.  Note that the original seeder was the company that released the game.


Yah, the screen caps of people complaining about piracy in the developer's forum was just sheer icy on the cake.  Well played Game Dev Company Sim Dev Company, well played.
 
2014-05-26 12:05:01 PM  

Glitchwerks: Mr.Tangent: Guess some folk still don't know that these things go on sale, practically for free on Steam 6 months after release.
Borderlands 2 seems to have sucked up all my game time though.  Bought the GotY from Amazon for $20 and I can't stop playing!


I really liked that game.   Once you have beat everything with all the DLC content, you may want to play something else.   I did not finish the last DLC because of GTA Online.
 
2014-05-26 12:06:17 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: Fine, I won't download to demo and therefore increase the chances that I might buy your game. You're already treating me like criminal scum.


How are they treating you like criminal scum unless you download the torrent?  TFA isn't about intrusive DRM on legit copies or demos, just an altered torrent out there.
 
2014-05-26 12:08:49 PM  

Yankees Team Gynecologist: The My Little Pony Killer: Fine, I won't download to demo and therefore increase the chances that I might buy your game. You're already treating me like criminal scum.

How are they treating you like criminal scum unless you download the torrent?  TFA isn't about intrusive DRM on legit copies or demos, just an altered torrent out there.


They are preemptively treating me as such, thus me not downloading to demo.

Why should I give you money for your game after you've threatened to brick my machine?
 
2014-05-26 12:09:01 PM  

Mentalpatient87: What about that (I think) Serious Sam game that sent an invincible pink scorpion after you if you pirated the game? It was crazy fast, crazy tough, would never relent and you couldn't kill it by any means.


That sounds AWESOME.
 
2014-05-26 12:10:37 PM  
There was a Batman game where, in the pirated copy, you couldn't fly far enough to get to a ledge, right? That was pretty funny.
 
2014-05-26 12:10:54 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: Fine, I won't download to demo and therefore increase the chances that I might buy your game. You're already treating me like criminal scum.


That's like sneaking into a movie and saying that if you like it, you'll come back a second time and pay for it.

Here's an idea. If you don't know whether you want to buy a game, and there's no demo, then don't buy it. If you don't know whether you want to pay full price, then wait until it goes on sale. Figure out what price you are willing to pay to take a risk on a game. You can also pay attention to reviews and do a little research. It's not as if people aren't talking about it and streaming it.

If you have to play the game, if you feel like your life is incomplete without it, then you should pay. If you aren't the type of person who wants to wait until it gets cheaper, then you are paying for the privilege of playing first.

And if you don't like DRM, while I know that piracy is a great fell good solution, the better solution is to not buy those games at all. Only buy games with an acceptable level of DRM.
 
2014-05-26 12:11:51 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: Fine, I won't download to demo and therefore increase the chances that I might buy your game. You're already treating me like criminal scum.


I don't do that, simply for the reason that it might come laden with viruses. If I want a "demo" I'll hit up YouTube and watch someone play for a bit. It's not the same, but it's good enough for me and a lot safer.
 
2014-05-26 12:12:55 PM  

Mentalpatient87: What about that (I think) Serious Sam game that sent an invincible pink scorpion after you if you pirated the game? It was crazy fast, crazy tough, would never relent and you couldn't kill it by any means.


th05.deviantart.net

If something is invisible,


how can you tell its pink?


Heh, certainly sounds like something the Crytek boys would do, epic game that one was.

The My Little Pony Killer: They are preemptively treating me as such, thus me not downloading to demo.

Why should I give you money for your game after you've threatened to brick my machine?


You are the cancer of the gaming industry, EA may be the serial killer but freeloaders are the cancer.
 
2014-05-26 12:14:20 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: Fine, I won't download to demo and therefore increase the chances that I might buy your game. You're already treating me like criminal scum.


Because game companies are really counting on your honesty to make a profit.
 
2014-05-26 12:15:49 PM  

soporific: The My Little Pony Killer: Fine, I won't download to demo and therefore increase the chances that I might buy your game. You're already treating me like criminal scum.

That's like sneaking into a movie and saying that if you like it, you'll come back a second time and pay for it.

Here's an idea. If you don't know whether you want to buy a game, and there's no demo, then don't buy it. If you don't know whether you want to pay full price, then wait until it goes on sale. Figure out what price you are willing to pay to take a risk on a game. You can also pay attention to reviews and do a little research. It's not as if people aren't talking about it and streaming it.

If you have to play the game, if you feel like your life is incomplete without it, then you should pay. If you aren't the type of person who wants to wait until it gets cheaper, then you are paying for the privilege of playing first.

And if you don't like DRM, while I know that piracy is a great fell good solution, the better solution is to not buy those games at all. Only buy games with an acceptable level of DRM.


Well said. No excuse for it anymore, really.
 
2014-05-26 12:16:10 PM  

soporific: hat's like sneaking into a movie and saying that if you like it, you'll come back a second time and pay for it.


No, it isn't.
 
2014-05-26 12:16:47 PM  
Invincible, Bump. You can most certainly see it.
 
2014-05-26 12:16:54 PM  

BumpInTheNight: The My Little Pony Killer: They are preemptively treating me as such, thus me not downloading to demo.

Why should I give you money for your game after you've threatened to brick my machine?


You are the cancer of the gaming industry, EA may be the serial killer but freeloaders are the cancer.


I know, how dare I want my own experience of the game before I decide whether or not to blow a week's worth of tips on it or not.

/cancer cancer cancer cancer
//I can call things names, too
 
2014-05-26 12:17:38 PM  

soporific: The My Little Pony Killer: Fine, I won't download to demo and therefore increase the chances that I might buy your game. You're already treating me like criminal scum.

That's like sneaking into a movie and saying that if you like it, you'll come back a second time and pay for it.

Here's an idea. If you don't know whether you want to buy a game, and there's no demo, then don't buy it. If you don't know whether you want to pay full price, then wait until it goes on sale. Figure out what price you are willing to pay to take a risk on a game. You can also pay attention to reviews and do a little research. It's not as if people aren't talking about it and streaming it.

If you have to play the game, if you feel like your life is incomplete without it, then you should pay. If you aren't the type of person who wants to wait until it gets cheaper, then you are paying for the privilege of playing first.

And if you don't like DRM, while I know that piracy is a great fell good solution, the better solution is to not buy those games at all. Only buy games with an acceptable level of DRM.


Excellent post, would +1 smart again.
 
2014-05-26 12:17:57 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: soporific: hat's like sneaking into a movie and saying that if you like it, you'll come back a second time and pay for it.

No, it isn't.


For one thing, I haven't paid to see a movie in at least a decade. They just aren't making anything worth paying for!

/bet your ass I'm still watching them though!
 
2014-05-26 12:17:59 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: They are preemptively treating me as such, thus me not downloading to demo.


I misread your initial post as "downloading THE demo," as in, the official abridged demo that might come out later.

I'm guessing most game companies are just fine not catering to the "if I like playing the full torrent I swear I'll pay" crowd.  That's their prerogative, just like it's yours not to buy it.
 
2014-05-26 12:18:12 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: Yankees Team Gynecologist: The My Little Pony Killer: Fine, I won't download to demo and therefore increase the chances that I might buy your game. You're already treating me like criminal scum.

How are they treating you like criminal scum unless you download the torrent?  TFA isn't about intrusive DRM on legit copies or demos, just an altered torrent out there.

They are preemptively treating me as such, thus me not downloading to demo.

Why should I give you money for your game after you've threatened to brick my machine?



rationalwiki.org
 
2014-05-26 12:18:26 PM  

theurge14: On the other hand, Walmart was still selling COD:MW3 for full price the last time I went there.


What's your point? Who buys games at Walmart?
 
2014-05-26 12:18:43 PM  

Yankees Team Gynecologist: The My Little Pony Killer: They are preemptively treating me as such, thus me not downloading to demo.

I misread your initial post as "downloading THE demo," as in, the official abridged demo that might come out later.

I'm guessing most game companies are just fine not catering to the "if I like playing the full torrent I swear I'll pay" crowd.  That's their prerogative, just like it's yours not to buy it.


Cool. So they're not going to come out biatching when their 2Q sales are down then, are they?

/they will
//they'll be the reason why, too
 
2014-05-26 12:20:32 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: Fine, I won't download to demo and therefore increase the chances that I might buy your game. You're already treating me like criminal scum.


LoL - yeah, that's why people steal games.
 
2014-05-26 12:20:35 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: The My Little Pony Killer: soporific: hat's like sneaking into a movie and saying that if you like it, you'll come back a second time and pay for it.

No, it isn't.

For one thing, I haven't paid to see a movie in at least a decade. They just aren't making anything worth paying for!

/bet your ass I'm still watching them though!


Complaining about getting low-quality items when you didn't even pay for it is like stealing from a Salvation Army Thrift Store.
 
2014-05-26 12:21:46 PM  

fluffy2097: What an awful article. I bet it will have morons deleting system files.

How is this supposed to work with a blockchain file that measures in the gigabytes now?


You don't need the blockchain to mine, if the client connect to a pool.

Which it will, since it will take centuries to mine a block using a single CPU core.

---

At least, the article made it seem it used the CPU to mine, which is really strange. You'd want to use the GPU. (you'd still use a pool though, so no blockchain needed).
 
2014-05-26 12:23:01 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: They are preemptively treating me as such, thus me not downloading to demo.


cdn.crushable.com
 
2014-05-26 12:23:24 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: I know, how dare I want my own experience of the game before I decide whether or not to blow a week's worth of tips on it or not.

/cancer cancer cancer cancer
//I can call things names, too


I didn't realize the peeler's near the airport had such entitled staff...

Simply put:  A)  Don't buy it, B)  wait for it to reach a more acceptable price point or C) take advantage of the many legal avenues of previews like all those thousands of 'let's play' videos to gauge its worth and then proceed accordingly with A or B.
 
2014-05-26 12:24:13 PM  
Where's that one comic that's relevant to this? Someone knows what I'm talking about.
 
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