Garry's Mod Battles Piracy, Hilarity Ensues

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Bennethon

Ubisoft finally does something right.

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Caboose

Really?

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gr3atl10n

While I agree with the intellectual freedom to create cracks, a freedom I'll never take down, I also agree with the creator or the owners decision to make life harder for crime and criminals.

Cracks give me the heebie jeebies. I own everything on my computer, cash sale.

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aarcane

WTF?!  Why do people think it's okay to protect their own intellectual property and take action against thievs?  I mean seriously, wtf is people's problems!?  I mean we're all Kender here, right ?  I mean if he didn't want me to "Borrow" it, it wouldn't have been left just lying around the internet behind that DRM.

 

on a more serious note, Go GMod!  congrats on solving the conundrum of not negatively impacting paying customers!

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Ghok

There are actually a number of PC games that have done something like this. Valve isn't the first. It would make a cool article.

And yeah, you're not going to get much backlash if you don't bother the people who paid for their software. Why is this a surprise? People against intrusive DRM aren't pirates, the pirates find a way around the DRM. Those of us who paid are the ones who are bothered by it. If this started to effect those who do own the game legally, you'd be hearing a different story.

That said, this isn't going to affect any sales. Anyone who wasn't willing to cough up 10 bucks for this game was probably not too likley to go buy it. My guess is they're probably mostly kids who don't have access to a credit card.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

# ERROR #

You are not allowed to view the actual comment posted here!

This error normally occurs for Pirates using "Legal" storebought copies of Windows

"Legal" copies of Windows (A term coined by Microsoft and other hacker groups) contain pirated sourcecode from honest, hardworking coders from around the world and are in fact "Illegal"

There is a long list of Court cases lost by Microsoft that can be found with a simple Google search on this very topic if you so desire

However, to summarize, YOU the end user are NOT allowed to violate a 3rd party's Copyrights or Patents by entering into an illegal Licensing agreement with Microsoft

If you wish to view the content of the comment posted, you can use an open source operating system or go cry to momma

 

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CitizenVII

"Justice is the advantage of the stronger." ~ Thrasymachus, Plato's Republic

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Caboose

Dude, 2 words. Fluck Off!

You've been spewing the same drivel for god knows how long now. You've been called out on it countless times. You've been told to show your facts and cite your actual sources and you never do.

Piss off and never come back! You don't do anything to add to the conversation. If this was a forum, you'd be flamed and spammed in to oblivion.

 

Show your proof, or get the fluck out of here!

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Bullwinkle J Moose

WTF?

Did you get an error message or something?

Maybe you should try a Legal Open Source Operating System before spouting off

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themohawkadmin

Seriously dude, cut it out.  A)  Nobody really cares.  Any large company has its crooks, this shouldn't be a suprise to anyone.  B) your comment has nothing to do with the article.  

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Caboose

No you pissant. I'm just sick of your pathetic drivel. You're worse than the 9-11 conspiracy morons and "the moon landing was fake" morons combined!

Why don't you share this "proof" of yours? Oh, thats right, because you have none!

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TommM

Very clever - this is definitely the way to do it.

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Wonko33

If you search online you can find some people complaining and publishing their Steam ID when they cut and paste the error. That's the part that is most devious i think, well played. 

All is fair in love and war, but for once the people who paid for the game have 0 consequences. 

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I Jedi

Personally, I think gaming of the future is Steam. I think this because their business model and DRM scheme is really, really wonderful. Personally, I love knowing that I can install Steam, with my games, on as many computers as I want without having to worry about reaching a "limit." Now, I don't know if there is some official limit, but as far as I know, you can install Stem and your games as many times as you like, but can only have one user online on an account at a time. This is perfectly find by me because I do not share my account with anyone. Personally, I am glad Gabe Newell did what he did to pirates because I know not all pirates out there would pay for a game, even if it had non-invasive software, like Steam's model. Personally, I have to ask how cheap people are when you can't even ponny up the money for Gary's Mod, which cost all but $9.99.

I am personally very thankful that in the mist of all these companies that continually fuck over their customers, cough, Activision and EA, cough, cough, that there is at least one company that gets it. Thank you guys so much for being the best. I use to be skeptical in the past because I never had physical copies of the game, but you guys have proven your commitment to me for satisfaction.

**EDIT** Sorry for the long rant, I'm on vicodin right now, and everything makes me feel love and happiness right now. :S

 

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0ly1r3m@1ns

i agree steam is teh ultimate drm a its kinda hard to crack b pirate excuse ahh i dont have enough cash steam ok SALE 50% of that game excuse denied!

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ShockerX

Just remember that there are also third party DRMs that valve have no choice (that I assume) to be also included in the games. Ubisoft, EA, and few others I forget (I own over 250+ games in steam) and few games comes with limited installation. Wings of Prey is one of them if I remember correctly.

Sometimes I wish Valve or that Gabe to publically announce to tell those companies by "Our DRM only, not yours to be included or fuck off" approach, then I'll be extremely happy.

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Caboose

Gabe didn't do this. It was the Gary's Mod dev that did this. But I agree, that this is the way to do things!

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TheZomb

It will be interesting to see how their sales react. A large portion of the pirates have the invasive DRM excuse to fall back, but since this DRM does not seem to be invasive in that it has no effect on normal users, I don't see how that excuse could be used. If their sales spike it will be a testament to the maturity of the gaming market. Game Pirates might be a little irked and feel challenged to overcome this protection, but I don't see how this DRM will hurt their sales compared to 99% of the DRM EA sticks on their games that doesn't work and causes normal users more annoyances than it stop piracy.

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allantang

Smart way to try and weed out the crackers.

I havent played garys mod myself, but I exclusively buy my games on steam. Love the platform and sales!

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allantang

double post sorry, you guys really need to disable the autopost to facebook, not cool

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MrBlueCheese

Smart move on EA's part.

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Caboose

Gary's Mod isn't distributed by EA (as far as I know) this was 100% the dev and not EA.

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whelderwheels613

dont get yourself worked up. hes probably just trolling.

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Caboose

I'm not worked up. Just clearing something up. There are some people who think that EA or other big devs release everything.

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