Genius Game Dev Pranks Pirates With In-Game Piracy Explosion

By Gary Cutlack on at

An incredibly clever bit of anti-piracy work has been implemented by the maker of Game Dev Tycoon, with the developer releasing its own cracked version to the file-sharing web sites -- complete with game-breaking piracy elements that make playing it increasingly futile.

It's an ingenious move. The pirated version of the game sees players reach a glass ceiling where their games become so popular they're pirated as soon as they're released, making it financially pointless to continue developing new game concepts.

The makers explain it like this: "The cracked version is nearly identical to the real thing except for one detail; Slowly their in-game funds dwindle, and new games they create have a high change to be pirated until their virtual game development company goes bankrupt."

It's art mirroring life and a brilliant response to rampant piracy. [NeoGAF, Green Heart Games]