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Hackers claim to have developed Wii U mod chip, Nintendo aware and prepared

A hacker group claims they have designed a modification chip that circumvents security measures on Nintendo's Wii U. In a post on the group's website – which Joystiq has decided against linking to – the modders say they have "completely reversed the Wii U drive authentication, disk...

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Game Dev Tycoon creator punishes pirates with in-game bankruptcy

Upon launching its debut title Game Dev Tycoon for Windows, Mac, and Linux yesterday, creator Green Heart Games implemented a clever approach to anti-piracy, targeting non-paying players with a game-ending dose of ironic retribution. The cracked version of Game Dev Tycoon, which Green Heart Games...

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Sony patent would combat piracy by comparing load times

A patent describing a "method for validating legitimate media products" attributed to Sony Computer Entertainment America surfaced earlier this week. Originally filed in August 2011, the patent elaborates on a process by a which a piece of media could be detected as legitimate (not pirated) by...

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Football Manager 2013 better thanks to anti-piracy measures

Sports Interactive, developers of the Football Manager series of soccer management simulation games, added "17 or 18" people to the team this year. Studio head Miles Jacobson credited the development team's growth and the heightened expectations for Football Manager 2013 to its anti-piracy...

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Tropico 4 plunders some Pirate Heaven DLC

Kalypso Media has released Tropico 4 DLC pack called Pirate Heaven, which brings a distinct swashbuckler vibe to the island-dictatorship simulation game. In addition to the Pirate Queen outfit seen above, the DLC adds a new "Smuggler's Hut" building for bringing in resources from beyond...

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Nintendo counterfeiter makes $962,000 in illegal sales, faces jail time

Nintendo's ever-vigilant quest against piracy continues, as Justin Success Brooks of the United Kingdom has been charged with the fraudulent sale of counterfeit Nintendo games, according to the Croydon Guardian. The 41-year-old man was caught in an investigation conducted by Nintendo and the UK...

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Halo 4 pirates being banned from Xbox Live [update: consoles may be banned]

In a move that should surprise no one at all, Microsoft is issuing permanent Xbox Live bans to pirates of Halo 4. Pirates are now receiving emails explaining the situation, reports MCV. The emails note that the user in question has been "permanently suspended for illegitimate prerelease title...

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Ubisoft CEO claims 93-95% piracy rate on their PC products

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has stated the percentage of paying players for its PC retail products and its free-to-play content is approximately the same. Speaking to GamesIndustry at Gamescom, Guillemot noted that only about five to seven percent of freemium players buy into content, which he said...

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Ubisoft hopes to negate the need for DRM with support and content

The contentious DRM systems that often accompany Ubisoft's PC releases may be made obsolete, should the publisher's plans for enhanced post-launch/community support prove as effective as its hoping. The plan is to make pirating the least attractive consumer option by updating, supporting and...

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Sony's Rohde: proprietary Vita cards 'completely necessary' to combat piracy

Sony's Senior VP of its Worldwide Studios organization, Scott Rohde, tells Gamasutra that long software droughts, as experienced by the PSP, won't be the case with Vita. "This time around, we started planning for development of [Vita] about three years ago, in terms of developing for the software,...

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