Microsoft vows to go after Gears of War: Judgment pirates

Gears of War: Judgement, the latest game in the popular Xbox 360 sci-fi third person shooter series, is not scheduled to be released until March 19th in the US. However, reports have come in that the full and final version of the game from developers People Can Fly and Epic Games has already been posted on a number of pirate and torrent sites.

Eurogamer reports that the game's publisher Microsoft is aware that the full version has leaked out a month ahead of its release, and added that it is working with its own security teams as well as law enforcement authorities to, in its words, "... address the situation immediately."

Microsoft also put out a warning for anyone who might be tempted to download and play the pirated version of Gears of War: Judgement, saying:

Consumers should be aware that piracy is illegal and we take vigorous action against illegal activity related to our products and services ... Playing pirated copies of games, such as Gears of War: Judgment, is a violation of the Xbox Live Terms of Use and will result in enforcement action, such as account and console bans

Microsoft previously had to deal with Halo 4 showing up on pirate websites nearly a month before its launch in November 2012.

Source: Eurogamer | Image via Epic Games

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Order_66 said,

Stealing a copy is still theft but it's still just a copy as well.

It is not the same when it comes to digital copying - you get the exact bits and bytes with digital copying. Unlike Digital to analog or analog to analog, there will be modification and information degredation when it is further copied.

HardyRexion said,
Test drives don't involve taking the car, without consent, from the owner before the car is even released.

So, if they provide a demo, this is a perfectly wonderfull comparison.
If you dont let people test drive cars, how are you going to sell them as a car retailer?

Same goes for games, they spit out piles of crap without giving people a chance to try before you buy.
No they throw a handfull of 'gameplay videos' onto youtube and then based on these videos you hav eto make up your mind, its like being only able to watch the car through the glass infront of the store, ofc the car is nice and shiny, looking better then it actually is.

But you cant test drive it, however you can drive the exact same car, because you friend has it, because he shares his car..

Same for games, they share their game with others.As its the only way to test the product before buying it.

LaP said,

Entertainment publisher will never make me cry. For the most part they get what they deserve. Every games should have a demo.

I honestly see you're point, but I don't fully agree here. Infact I'd argue that a demo would not encourage sales as much as you might think, & may even have the opposite affect; being bad, or even too good. A demo can even be misleading.

I also don't want devs having to take time away from putting the final product together just to cut out a useless little piece of game. IMO, the best thing devs can do is show LOTS of raw gameplay.

The best thing a concerned consumer can do is not buy it until, either it drops in price, or they feel they heard enough to buy or not buy the game.

I certainly see the reasoning behind using piracy as a means to demo a game, but if you play the entire thing & then say, "it's rubbish, I won't buy it", well I don't think that defense works.

Lamp0 said,

I honestly see you're point, but I don't fully agree here. Infact I'd argue that a demo would not encourage sales as much as you might think, & may even have the opposite affect; being bad, or even too good. A demo can even be misleading.

Yeah you're right a demo can be misleading. I remember the LOK : Soul Reaver demo was awful. In a perfect world the publishers would be totally honest about their products and all gamers would pay for their games. Sadly we don't live in this perfect world.

I've seen so many times photoshopped screenshots that did not look even close to the final product. I've seen many times in-game engine gameplay videos that did not look like the final product too. I've seen plenty of questionable positive reviews on web sites showing ads from the publisher of the game.

I'm against piracy but saying it's possible to make an educated buy in this market is stretching it imo. Most of the games i buy i don't have any clue if they're going to be good or not. Most of the time i buy a game because i trust the developer or because a friend i trust told me the game is good.

I bought Diablo 3 and played it for 10 hours at most. Finished 2nd or 3rd act (can't recall) and then un-installed the game. Was definately not worth the price i paid. I bought it cause i trusted Blizzard (i stupidly forgot it was now Activision Blizzard).

I make FAR MORE purchases i regret in the entertainment market than any other market where i can try first and also return the product if i'm not happy.

Edited by LaP, Feb 19 2013, 8:58pm :

HardyRexion said,
Of course! If you make something with your hands and someone steals it, you expect justice.

No different with Intellectual Property. It is theft. These people have spent years learning how to create products like this and it's ok for people to just take it? Not in my eyes.

Taking it without paying is theft. Plain and simple.

Actually you put the finger on the issue they did make it with there own hands. They had to type it on the computer, on a physical machine.

So it is stealing. And yes they have lots of proof that it was going to be a product to be sold. Even the one's that took it knew about it and can't even use that excuse

HardyRexion said,
You should be clever and read reviews before buying.

People want to mount the image/visual in their brains those days! By reading doesn't mean anything!

siah1214 said,

FTFY.
I hate this bull**** entitlement mentality that everyone has about stealing games and other digital work. Just because you can doesn't mean it's right and doesn't mean you should

Sadly it's the mentality of everyone since the beginning of time.

Why do you think companies do false advertising on a regular basis even if it's against the law in most countries ? because they can and because the benifit outweigh the penality (sadly which should be the case).

All my games are legit. I do not "pirate" ever.

But i'll never understand why for so much people it's important to protect the companies but not the consumers. Every time a company acts in a way it should not people just say "hey people just don't have to buy their product if they don't agree". Yeah right great 1950 mentality here.

How is all this publicity for the game a bad thing for microsoft? I never even knew this was coming out, and the same can be said for others, now they know it is and will most likely buy it. Also consider that those who did pirate it, they may never have brought it but now when they tell there less technical friends about how good it is then more buck for Microsoft.

I think this is due, and it's silly to be thinking they aren't going to be caught playing it on their console linked to the internet. What did they think will happen?? lol.

If you are playing pirated copies of games while allowing your console to connect to the Live service, you deserve to be banned IMO.

Shadrack said,
If you are playing pirated copies of games while allowing your console to connect to the Live service, you deserve to be banned IMO.

doesnt matter. MS still notices when you play games you're not suposed to on the xbox, while you're connected or not while doing so if you connect the box after.

Shadrack said,
If you are playing pirated copies of games while allowing your console to connect to the Live service, you deserve to be banned IMO.

Pardon, when did MS turned in judge and executor like Judge Dreed?.

However, people without common sense deserve to be banned. For example, playing online a game pirated.

Shadowzz said,

doesnt matter. MS still notices when you play games you're not suposed to on the xbox, while you're connected or not while doing so if you connect the box after.

*shrug* I don't know the details of running pirated software on the XBox (because I have never done it). From my limited understanding of the process, wouldn't you need a "hacked" XBox 360 so that it will run un-signed discs (or something along those lines)?

If I were to dab around with XBox 360 hacking/piracy, I would do so on a box that wasn't ever connected to the Internet (unless I ensured that it was properly wiped).

If you're stupid enough to play your copys on an Xbox connected to the internet, then you deserve to be banned

...Piracy has it;s uses, I'd much rather try before I buy with a full, working game rather than a one level demo.

Well, this isn't the first game that's been leaked a month-early; surely won't be the last.

And to contribute to the "stealing" argument; it's not. It's copyright infringement. They are completely different, however similar they may seem.

Only 5 minutes and I can't edit my post anymore, huh.

Forgot the obligatory "But there's no piracy on consoles!" comment.

I hope this keeps happening, since every time it's further reinforcement that piracy is everywhere, not just on PC. Sick of all the trash PC gaming gets by insolent people at big companies who lazily slap together late PC ports of their games, if even porting it in the first place.

FYI...not a gamer so my comments on this are not exactly biased. We ( normal people and companies) are in this circle of physical vs. electronic property 'theft' and how to deal with it. Until laws are past or the courts decide then issues like this will occur. Some companies will decide that any publicity is good and some companies such as Microsoft go bonkers.

Take a look at this article over at the verge. It may well decide this argument: http://www.theverge.com/2013/2...tents-monsanto-soybean-seed

Hypocritical of Microsoft to say such a thing. Microsoft is the company that does the stealing from their own customers. They steal actual money.

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