Greenheart Games takes ironic aim at pirates

Yesterday, along with the genuine release of Game Dev Tycoon, developers Greenheart Games treated some online gamers to an extra “gift” in the form of a cracked version of the game, which they then seeded via BitTorrent protocol.

Soon after seeding the cracked version of the game, thousands of users downloaded it. As those players progressed through the game–which takes players from producing games in a garage to becoming global leaders in the industry–establishing and growing their companies, they were blocked from proceeding further with the following, not-so-subtle hint–delivered straight from the mouth of one of the character avatars: “Boss, it seems that while many players play our new game, they steal it by downloading a cracked version rather than buying it legally. If players don’t buy the games they like, we will sooner or later go bankrupt.”

Players were prevented from progressing through the cracked version of Game Dev Tycoon with a guilt-tripping message.

(Credit: Greenheart Games)

The in-game message and gameplay blocker led to a slew of e-mails from players to Greenheart Games, asking for assistance. Some players of the cracked version even went as far as complaining about how online piracy has ruined their own fictional game businesses and “bankrupted” them. Others ironically b… [Read more]


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