Maxis Uses Pixels to Out 'The Sims 4' Pirates

September 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Sims 4 developer Maxis has put a special "feature" into the game for those who decide to pirate it, according to this Player Attack report (as reported on by Blue's News). Maxis decided to avoid using a DRM scheme for the game, instead opting to utilize the pixels that are normally used to censor nudity in a very creative way.

When a Sim in the pirated version of the game changes clothes or uses the bathroom, their nudity is covered up with pixels, but when they complete such a task, that censored pixel cloud remains on the character. Eventually that tiny pixel cloud covers the entire screen making the game pretty much unplayable.

But the most interesting part of the story is that those who pirated the game didn't realize this quirk wasn't a bug; they took to the official The Sims 4 forums to ask about the bug - in turn outing themselves as pirates.

Source: Blue's News


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Re: Maxis Uses Pixels to Out 'The Sims 4' Pirates

I approve!

Re: Maxis Uses Pixels to Out 'The Sims 4' Pirates

Looks an awful lot like the voxel version of the Sims IMO.

Re: Maxis Uses Pixels to Out 'The Sims 4' Pirates

Can we say, DRM done right?

... That just feels dirty to say when in context this is part of EA.

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Re: Maxis Uses Pixels to Out 'The Sims 4' Pirates

This will be fixed as well. Remember Spore the only online game pirated to play offline? I think EA with Origin is doing better this time around but they will try again. After the Spore fiasco everyone said they would never do this again but then came SimCity.

Re: Maxis Uses Pixels to Out 'The Sims 4' Pirates

Erm, aside from an online check first time you use it, and osme optional online options you can play it offline. 

Re: Maxis Uses Pixels to Out 'The Sims 4' Pirates

Are you talking about Spore or SimCity? Both forced you to do online in different ways but both ways pissed off consumers to the point even those who bought the game ended up pirating it because the pirates ending up cleaning up the DRM which could ruin your computer.

Pre 2001 pirated games were virus infested on those old warez sites but after hacker vigilantes ended up cracking the game making a cleaner game around that time it wasn't worth purchasing. Especially when titles like Empire Earth II had deals with graphic card companies to play the game worse if you had another graphics card from another company. 

I remember in the game someone found a file where all you had to do was fix it to add your graphics card for it to work properly. 

The best to stop pirates is to make stores like Steam or GOG which rewards the user and benefits the user. Anyone who pirates a game in this day and age is in the wrong unless the title is just not ava in your area or its loaded with DRM or online only DRM.

Re: Maxis Uses Pixels to Out 'The Sims 4' Pirates

Spore would grab other people's creatures if you were online, but it would run offline just as well with the (comparably limited but mostly penis-free) library of pre-made creatures. Pirated versions fixed that by including player made files as well, effectively giving you a much larger library.

Re: Maxis Uses Pixels to Out 'The Sims 4' Pirates

These things are always cute, but as always I hope they take real, serious steps to make sure no legitimate customers are affected. When Gary's Mod did something like this, I was actually forced to crack it since my real copy was disabled by the fake error message. I had a similar problem with the cape flutter DRM in Arkham Asylum which was eventually patched, but not before it spoiled my enjoyment of the game, put me off the sequel, and got me banned from the customer support forums.

Re: Maxis Uses Pixels to Out 'The Sims 4' Pirates

I have to admit, I find it amusing when developers do things like this to out pirates. I remember with Mirror's Edge, there was a part that was impassable in the early levels of the game if you had pirated the title. People took to EA's forums and reported it as a bug, outing themselves as pirates.

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