Nintendo 3DS Firmware Update Kills Web Browser Exploit

March 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The party is officially over for those who were using an exploit in the 3DS web browser to load unsigned code. Nintendo released a new firmware update today that eliminates a web browser exploit that allowed users to inject code within downloaded games. The exploit was being used by some to load and run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs, made it so that games could be played regardless of region-locking, and even allowed some to bypass actually paying for micro-transactions in Nintendo's first free-to-play puzzle game for 3DS, Pokémon Shuffle.

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Australia Considering 'Three-Strikes' Copyright Enforcement System

February 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this TorrentFreak report, Australian Internet service providers have caved in to pressure from the Australian government to create a system to deal with copyright infringers and file-sharers. A group of Australian ISPs this week published proposals (a 34-page document called the "Copyright Notice Scheme Industry Code") to deal with the issue of online piracy - drafted with the help of entertainment companies, apparently.

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The Pirate Bay Returns

February 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

TorrentFreak reports that file-sharing site The Pirate Bay came back online over the weekend. Back in December Swedish authorities raided the site's Nacka station, a nuclear-proof data center built into a mountain complex near Stockholm. The domain returned two weeks after the site's physical location was raided, promising a triumphant return and adding a countdown clock for Feb1.

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3DS Exploit Allows 'Side-Loading' Game Boy Color Roms

January 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to several reports (one from Ars Technica and another from Tom's Guide), a new exploit has been uncovered that allows 3DS owners to "side-load" Game Boy Color roms.

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'Hotline Miami 2' Designer To Australian Gamer: 'Just Pirate It'

January 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you are worried that you won't be able to play Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number in Australia due to it being refused classification in the country by the Australian Classification Board, then perhaps Hotline Miami 2 designer Jonatan Söderström (from Dennaton Games) has an answer you might like: just pirate it. At least that is what he told one fan who emailed him and offered to send him money directly to get his hands on the game when it is released later this year.

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'Monument Valley' Suffers From High Rates of Piracy

January 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The award-winning Android game Monument Valley is pretty popular, but it's developer (Ustwo) who says that for all of its critical reception and GOTY awards, only five percent of its installed base on Android actually paid for it.

Of course this number excludes legitimate free copies obtained by users during a one-day Amazon Appstore promotion that saw the game given away for free - as well as other free downloads from other promotions. Ustwo says that the number is a lot higher on iOS - at 40 percent.

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How Croteam Punishes 'The Talos Principle' Pirates

December 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This NeoGAF thread highlights the unique way that developer Croteam has come up with to teach those who pirated its latest game The Talos Principle a lesson. Players who obtained Croteam's first-person puzzle game by pirating it end up being stuck in an elevator.. forever, according to what people are saying in this steam thread.

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Report: Hotfile Settlement With MPAA Was Just $4 Million

December 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this TorrentFreak story, the settlement that the Motion Picture Association of America made with file-sharing site Hotfile was a lot less than the $80 million figure thrown around in public. According to the report, Hotfile ultimately paid $4 million dollars and the site was eventually shut down.

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New Zealand's Highest Court Rules Against Kim Dotcom

December 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The New Zealand Supreme Court ruled this week that the 2011 raid on Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom's Auckland, New Zealand mansion was legal, according to this TorrentFreak report. While the highest court in New Zealand acknowledged that the search warrants used against Dotcom were 'deficient' in detail, it concluded that that fact did not result in a miscarriage of justice.

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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Apathetic About Site's Latest Troubles

December 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde seems apathetic about the Pirate Bay being taken down by Swedish police yesterday. In fact, he seems to be pretty happy about it. Sunde distanced himself from the site a long time ago, but when pressed for comment he happily shared his feelings on the current plight of the file-sharing site.

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Google Removes 'Pirate Bay' Apps From Google Play Store

December 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Google has removed several apps that make it easier to peruse the Pirate Bay and do other things through a proxy.

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Kim Dotcom Wins Against U.S Government in Bail Violation Hearing

December 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has managed to fend off an attempt by the U.S. government to put him back in jail in his home country of New Zealand for allegedly violating the terms of his bail.

Last week, New Zealand authorities, working on behalf of American prosecutors, claimed that the Megaupload founder had "breached bail conditions by having indirect contact with one of his accused; that he is a flight risk because he has the money to skip the country; and that he has been dishonest about his finances by trying to sell a NZ$500,000 Rolls Royce in London."

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Nintendo Pulls 'Cubic Ninja' From eShop Over Exploit

November 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo has pulled an obscure 3DS game from its eShop after learning that it contained an exploit that potentially could be used to run unsigned code. Last week a hacker who focuses on Nintendo systems (who goes by the name Smealum) revealed an exploit he calls "NINJHAX," which lets players hack into the 3DS. This is done using a game developed AQ Interactive and published in the west by Ubisoft called Cubic Ninja - which was until recently available on the 3DS eShop.

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Fugitive Pirate Bay Co-Founder Captured in Thailand

November 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Another co-founder of Swedish file-sharing site The Pirate Bay has been arrested. Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij, known by his hacker name TiAMO, was detained in the north-eastern town of Nong Khai while trying to cross into Thailand from Laos, according to what local police tell BBC.

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Megaupload Founder Ordered to Turn Over Personal Financial Information to Hollywood Studios

October 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has to share his personal financial information with Hollywood, according to a ruling by the New Zealand High Court. While Hollywood (or rather, those in Hollywood suing him) will be given access to his financial information, the public will not be provided with this information.

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Megaupload Founder Accuses Government of Charging Him With 'Nonexistent Crimes'

October 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Lawyers for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom have filed a response to the U.S. government's attempt to size his assets, saying that it is trying to claim his property and charge him with a crime that is non-existent under current U.S. laws about copyright infringement.

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In Plain Sight: Rocket Internet Subsidiary Sells Pirated Games to Pakistan

September 29, 2014 - James Fudge

How can you buy a console game that is brand new for a little over $1? Well it could be some crazy sale to offload some inventory, or it could be the company selling these allegedly new games is engaging in piracy - or at the bare minimum allowing a third-party reseller to do so while it looks the other way. That's the case over at Kaymu.PK, an online store owned by Rocket Internet, an international Internet service provider in over 31 countries.

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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.

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President Obama's Choice for 'Piracy Czar' is Cozy With Hollywood

August 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This week the White House nominated an entertainment industry lawyer to be the new "piracy czar." The job's main function is to coordinate intellectual property enforcement efforts at various federal-level government agencies. The new czar will be Danny Marti, who replaces Victoria Espinel; she left last year to take the reins of lobbying group, The Software Alliance, or the BSA.

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Fraud and Embezzlement Kill Anti-Piracy Group

August 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

SMAIS, the Icelandic branch of the Motion Picture Association, has filed for bankruptcy. According to TorrentFreak, the anti-piracy organization was forced to file for bankruptcy after its board of directors revealed that it had suffered from mismanagement and embezzlement.

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Debunked: Most Downloaded Games Per State Not What It Claims To Be

August 15, 2014 - E. Zachary Knight

Yesterday, we wrote about a report provided by Movoto that claims to show the most pirated movies, tv shows and games from each state. This report showed some interesting results such as Watch Dogs being the most pirated game in the U.S.

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Report: The Most Pirated Game in America is 'Watch Dogs'

August 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

What are the most pirated games state-by-state? According to data collected by Movoto (as detailed by GamesBeat), the most popular game to download illegally from filesharing sites in the United States is Ubisoft's Watch Dogs. By state, Watch Dogs was downloaded the most in Washington, California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and a host of other states. It is by far the most pirated game in many regions in the country.

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Developer 'Other Ocean' Teams Up With ESA for Anti-Piracy Game

July 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Developer Other Ocean and trade group the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) have launched a mobile title today called "Save The Game" at the Crime Museum in Washington D.C.

The game focuses on the thorny issue of software piracy and the ways in which the ESA and game developers claim it damages "the livelihoods of independent software developers." After its run at the Crime Museum, the game will be made freely available to the public on Windows RT, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android devices.

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City of London Government Replaces Ads on Piracy Sites With Warnings

July 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The City of London's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has begun replacing advertising on sites deemed to be "copyright infringing websites" with official warnings from the government informing visitors that the site is under criminal investigation, according to this Wired UK report. The sites receiving these warnings that replace their ads have been designated by the government as "hosting copyright-infringing content" and reported to the agency by rights holders.

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Australian Government Quietly Discussing New Ways to Combat Piracy

July 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A leaked document from the Australian government reveals discussion points on implementing a potential online piracy crackdown. Among them, changing the law to bypass a 2012 court ruling by an Australian court that protected ISP iiNet from suffering for the infringements of its users, and new legislation to allow for ISP-level blocking of alleged 'pirate' sites.

Much of this is coming from Attorney-General George Brandis, but he faces the usual accusations about a lack of transparency during the preliminary phase of discussions by digital rights groups.

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UK Tries Gentler Approach to Fighting Online Copyright Infringement

July 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UK households that repeatedly pirate music, movies, and other copyrighted material online will receive warning letters beginning in 2015. Beyond that, the new informational initiative to educate the UK populace on the ills of piracy and where to find legal sources for content seems to have no punitive component attached to it.

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Gameloft's 'Modern Combat 5' Pirated By Contest Winner(s)

July 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Gameloft held a contest to let winners have early access to an iOS, Windows 8, and Android shooter called Modern Combat 5, but the company claims that some individual(s) took advantage of that good will, cracked the game, and released it to various dark corners of the internet to be pirated.

To say that Modern Combat's development team is not pleased with the situation is probably an understatement...

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Spanish Court Lifts File-Sharing Site Blocks

July 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

TorrentFreak reports that a Spanish court has overturned a lower court ruling that saw rights holders successfully block several file-sharing sites that they claim engaged in illegal file uploading and downloading.

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Pirated Version of Wolfenstein: The New Order So Big That Some Pirates Opt to Buy it on Steam

May 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this TorrentFreak story, the PC version of Wolfenstein: The New Order is so large that some people pirating the game on torrents have opted instead to buy it on Steam. While the information is anecdotal, it could help explain - in part - how the newest action game from Bethesda managed to unseat DayZ from the Steam top-selling games charts for the week of May 18-24.

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Zynga Sees Voluntary Efforts as the Best Path to Combating Online Piracy

May 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Social game maker Zynga opposed SOPA in 2010, noting that the anti-piracy legislation crafted by Congress would "freeze innovation" and generally damage the way the internet works. But now the company is joining its former SOPA adversaries in supporting voluntary anti-piracy initiatives.

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Andrew EisenPM - Yep, that's the one.03/06/2015 - 12:53am
TechnogeekBest case, it was some marketing douchebag who thought they could pander to both sides at once.03/06/2015 - 12:49am
TechnogeekAlso, this was the mistake tweet: http://i.imgur.com/4eLWNHx.jpg03/06/2015 - 12:48am
TechnogeekBecause nothing says "open, diverse gaming community" like buddying up with Breitbart.03/06/2015 - 12:47am
Papa MidnightAndrew Eisen, I believe this is the picture that you seek: http://i.imgur.com/Gdk60pa.jpg03/06/2015 - 12:30am
Papa MidnightSurely, Goth_Skunk, you say that in jest?03/06/2015 - 12:28am
prh99Craig R. Cause quite a few of them are not, they're bullies with different politics.03/06/2015 - 12:23am
MechaTama31What was the "mistake" tweet?03/06/2015 - 12:18am
MechaCrashWhatever you say, Goth.03/06/2015 - 12:02am
E. Zachary KnightGoth, they could have fooled me.03/05/2015 - 11:16pm
Goth_SkunkI don't understand. GamerGate supports an open, diverse gaming community for all as well. Google's statement is contradictory.03/05/2015 - 10:59pm
TechnogeekAnd as far as the Card thing went, I basically balanced it out personal guilt-wise by donating an amount equal to the Shadow Complex purchase price to the ACLU.03/05/2015 - 9:44pm
TechnogeekWelp, look like the Gerberghazi crowd is going to have to use Bing now. https://twitter.com/googlecloud/status/57365320825126093003/05/2015 - 9:42pm
Goth_SkunkAhh! I misinterpreted your statement about being left with almost every game in existence. I interpreted it as 'If you boycott games he's been involved with, you're boycotting almost all of them.'03/05/2015 - 9:31pm
Andrew EisenGoth - Card has been involved with only a small handful of games so if one were to boycott games for his involvement, they wouldn't be missing out on many games.03/05/2015 - 9:29pm
Goth_Skunk@Craig: Only if you're not interested in seeing it end.03/05/2015 - 9:27pm
Craig R.Instead of calling people the "anti gamergate faction", you could just call them "sane"03/05/2015 - 9:23pm
Goth_SkunkWhat do you mean 'almost every game in existence'? Card is a writer, not a game developer.03/05/2015 - 9:18pm
Andrew EisenBut I too wonder how many people who cry boycott actually follow through. I vaguely remember a few years ago a bunch of people boycotting one of the CoD games and were all found playing it on Steam.03/05/2015 - 7:53pm
Andrew EisenAn interesting quandary but not equivalent as boycotting games that Card was involved with leaves you with... well, almost every game in existence.03/05/2015 - 7:51pm
 

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