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#1 +Frank B.

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 08:29

EA's anti-piracy efforts douse Sims 4 in thick pixel coating

 

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Thanks to hidden anti-piracy measures, those who pirate The Sims 4 will find themselves staring at a pixelated mess instead of the colorful, virtual life simulation, reports Player Attack.

 

The blurring appears harmless enough at first. When a Sim steps into the shower or otherwise disrobes, the game censors the virtual nudity by applying a blob of thick pixels. Normally this would vanish once the Sim is dressed, but EA's anti-piracy measures ensure that any illicitly obtained copies of the game instead cause the censorship blur to expand, eventually covering the entire screen. The end result is the messy swirl of pixelated colors that you can see above.

 

The discovery of EA's clever anti-piracy strategies has not gone unnoticed by pirates, many of whom have taken to the game's official forums (link may not work as EA's forums have been displaying errors all morning) to complain about their "broken" copy of the game. Despite the complaints, EA tells Joystiq that it has no plans to aid those players unable to enjoy their pirated copies of The Sims 4. Instead, the publisher urges affected players to purchase their own copy of the game which should lack the telltale pixelation.

 

Source: joystiq




#2 Co-ords

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 08:37

LOL!! Let the games begin!



#3 My8th

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 08:41

This is awesome, retro. I wasn't going to get the game but now I might have to pirate it just for this. /s



#4 SteveCac

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 09:21

How stupid can people be, getting a pirated copy then complaining about it on the official site.

Puts hand up 'Yes, I have a pirated copy of your game, now help me fix it, without paying for it!' Duh!



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Posted 05 September 2014 - 09:41

Old news.

Current news is pirates have already fixed this problem by renaming some par file which was part of the crack.

I played upto Sims 3. I don't plan on playing V4.

#6 Jase

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 09:51

I knew a fix for this issue was going to get released, what did EA expect from pirated games?.. they're called cracks for a reason.

 

I'm still skeptical about buying this game, also i'm not a fan of loading times and this game is filled with that crap.



#7 Xahid

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 10:02

lol quote from another website.

Funny things is that the entire article is based on a incorrect assumption to. It's blurred because the par file (TS4.par) is trying to interact with ts4.exe, but that's not running due to the crack. Changing the name of the .par file to the name of the new exe fixes the issue!! TS4.par needs to be renamed to whatever the crack is named...that's all folks :)


#8 protocol7

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 10:32

This shouldn't be much of a problem for anyone who watches enough Japanese porn.



#9 Aergan

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 10:47

The Sims 4 - Expansion Pack Minecraft© Edition £59.99



#10 Jub Fequois

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 10:54

This shouldn't be much of a problem for anyone who watches enough Japanese porn.

 

Hahaha! That's the funniest thing I've read in a good while. :D 



#11 B0mberman

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 11:08

This shouldn't be much of a problem for anyone who watches enough Japanese porn.

lol  - Luckily I don't buy or like EA, so they can play their little consumer games all they want :D



#12 goodbytes

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 11:23

Love this, shame it has been patched. Although it's time for developers to stop going after pirates and rewarding gamers for buying their game.

 

Kinda like Adobe Creative Cloud, yes we can pirate their software but paying for it brings so many benefits, i know it's not a game but still, they must be able to implement things that make people want to buy their game... i guess with PCs the lack of multiplayer will force some people to buy it but there is still a huge group who quite happily play games in single player, and games that are single player only don't have that safety net.



#13 My8th

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 11:28

This shouldn't be much of a problem for anyone who watches enough Japanese porn.

Outside of Japan releases get uncensored versions...so I've heard....  :shifty:



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Posted 05 September 2014 - 11:35

Love this, shame it has been patched. Although it's time for developers to stop going after pirates and rewarding gamers for buying their game.

 

This all over. And not just for games either.

RIAA & MPAA, i'm looking at you.



#15 Nagisan

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 12:01

This is good and all for a quick laugh, but the sad reality is this probably took more time to add to the game than it did to be removed from the game via a fixed crack.