Croteam Traps The Talos Principle Pirates In A Lift For Eternity

Written by Jon Sutton on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 2:00 PM
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The latest battle in the never-ending war between developers and pirates has seen The Talos Principle studio Croteam trap copyright-infringers in an elevator for eternity. In typical fashion the pirates began asking questions on forums, where it quickly became apparent that only a segment of the community was experiencing this strange ‘glitch’.

Croteam intentionally crowbarred the trapped lift into the pirated versions of the game, which sees players enter a lift that halts midway up its ascension of a massive tower. Progress is then halted, and players are then left to contemplate their nefarious ways, with a fairly nice view at least.

The studio were even cheeky enough to include a clue before entering the lift that trouble was afoot, referencing the infamous SKIDROW leaks via one of the QR codes at the base of the trap.

It’s not the first time a studio has tried to outwit pirates and it no doubt won’t be the last, with recent examples including The Sims 4’s infamous mosaic bug and the rather public shaming of Far Cry 4 pirates by Ubisoft Montreal creative director Alex Hutchinson. Croteam already has form in this area too; pirated copies of Serious Sam 3: BFE featured an ultra-fast immortal scorpion armed with rifles that would mercilessly and endlessly hunt players down.  

Devs seem to be getting pretty active when it comes to making life difficult to pirates, what's been your favourite approach so far?

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13:03 Jan-02-2015

Great stuff. Earthbound is still king on that, though: The pirated cartriges, besides being extra hard to beat, would crash just before the last boss and then proceed to delete the save file.

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11:57 Jan-01-2015

Oh, and Jon, Serious Sam 3 also had the game crash every 5 minutes if you pirate it. And if you made it far enough, the camera will look up, and suicide bombers infinitely spam you.

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07:41 Jan-01-2015

I love when pirates are reporting glitches or bugs/traps on a game they do not own :D

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08:25 Jan-01-2015

Complaining about issues/defects in a product one does not pay for - they haven't the right... Now I'm not saying I'm against piracy outright... There are reasons I support torrent sites... But if one pirates a certain product, they have no right to complain about it since they did not pay for it... From a legal point of view, they did not properly "consume" that product as they did not pay for it... So one cannot say that their consumer rights are being violated in case of a a defective product...

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05:35 Jan-01-2015

Well this is hilarious... I feel sorry for the pirates to be honest... And as for Serious Sam 3: BFE; immortal ultra-fast scorpions with rifles...? Hahah I can imagine it screaming "where is your god now?" while chasing you down...
But seriously, I wish more devs would just do this sort of thing instead of using f@cking DRM and ruining the overall experience for legitimate customers... I just want start up a game and shoot the crap out of stuff in the campaign without having to bother about some DRM software affecting my performance...

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23:58 Dec-31-2014

I absolutely love it when Devs do this it is so hilarious. No less than pirates deserve either.

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23:44 Dec-31-2014

How does it work? Do they make a pirated copy and a legit copy or something?

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17:43 Dec-31-2014

oh croteam stop embarassing my country

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14:23 Dec-31-2014

Pirated copies of Crysis Warhed had you shooting with chickens. Literally.

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14:29 Dec-31-2014

It was still playable, though.

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16:34 Dec-31-2014

how do you know? :D

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16:42 Dec-31-2014

Because chickens do minimal damage, but still can kill if you spam the enemies with it. Look at the videos on the internet.

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16:48 Dec-31-2014

ok lol I was just kidding

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14:23 Dec-31-2014

It's funny and all... But, pirates are going to find a way around it anyway, like always.

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14:26 Dec-31-2014

They will, indeed, but it's rather an interesting way to give a "heads up". Things like this will always be more successful than crappy DRMs that hurt legit copies more than pirated ones.

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14:28 Dec-31-2014

That's true. I never seen a good working DRM that actually stops the pirates.

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15:16 Dec-31-2014

That's because its impossible to make one, Developers always leave a backdoor in data encryption just in case they need to decrypt the data, and the problem is pirates always finds this backdoor no matter what the may be.
that's why its impossible to make a proper DRM that stops piracy, no matter how you look at it, there will always be a backdoor.

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15:20 Dec-31-2014

and even tho they make a proper DRM that stops piracy, I'm pretty sure it will be a resource hog, which will probably end up making the game unstable and a mess.

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15:32 Dec-31-2014

I don't think a proper DRM will ever be created that will work perfectly against pirates.

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14:16 Dec-31-2014

it's funny, I like the way they deal with pirates :)

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14:06 Dec-31-2014

Gotta love croteam!I don't know why anyone pirated it,they are one of the rare few that put a fair price on their games.

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