1. Lang_Kasempo

    Lang_Kasempo Gbatemp's Official Bi-hugger
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    I want to remind all that, if Earthbound's anti-piracy measures are so unique, its thanks to Iwata. He re-made the code from scratch. He surely didn't fucked up with piracy
     
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  2. Lacius

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    Hey, look: More anti-piracy pigs. Coincidence? I think not.
     
  3. DarkCoffe64

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    I myself don't think I ever stumbled into an anti-piracy measure or what, as far as I remember, but I've read on tvtropes about some amusing one, one of them being the game pratically imploding in Red Alert 2

    at 4:44
     
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  4. Chary

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    Ahem. Ah yes. Me too. I have never pirated a game so I never would have encountered such a message. *cough hi Nintendo ninjas cough*
     
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    Man, I remember that I couldn't play Crash Bash on my modded PSone, despite the disc being legit. Every time I tried to play it the game showed a screen saying SOFTWARE TERMINATED. CONSOLE MAY HAVE BEEN MODIFIED.
     
  6. IceyyColdSnipez

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    Idk hard toe choose
     
  7. Minox

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    Let's see if anyone remembers this little beauty.
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  8. AmandaRose

    AmandaRose Do what I do. Hold tight and pretend it’s a plan
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    FFCC if I'm not mistaken
     
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  9. tomasowa

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    For me it's always been the Arcade Machine warnings that I get before playing them on MAME.

    Something about seeing that they're only meant to be played in Japan, their year and a sense of accomplishment from making sure I have a copy long after most of the machines are kaput.
     
  10. raxadian

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    Spyro on PS1 is definitely memorable and makes the game not only impossible to 100% complete but even to finish the game.
     
  11. Kwyjor

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    Eh, it's a topic that's been done to death, I'm afraid. Came here to mention Zak McKraken and Full Extent of the Jam, and they're already here.

    That's a new one, though. Just Shapes and Beats is a darn nifty game; it's a pity it's still so expensive.
     
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  12. zoogie

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    #freeshop-help on Nintendo Homebrew Discord

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  13. Hells Malice

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    Game Dev Tycoon wins hands down just because it is hilariously meta.

    I prefer the ones that do crazy crap though, like Serious Sam 3

    Skullgirls has a pretty hilarious message though. It'd ask what the square root of a fish is, and it made a bunch of idiots out themselves as pirates when they'd ask what it meant. Quality stuff that is.
     
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    My favorite was Escape Velocity, where an NPC would periodically remind you to buy the full version during the trial period. Once the trial was up, he would just do a strafing run on your ship which was almost impossible to escape from.
     
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    Does it just give you that message right from the beginning if you're playing a pirated copy?
     
  16. raxadian

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    I had more anti.piracy problems with legit games that I ever had with pirates due to stupid copy protection needing stuff like having the CD on even if you fully installed the game, asking you to solve a puzzle every time you started the game and so on.
     
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  17. DJPlace

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    that mario party DS anit-piracy shit on youtube is scary has hell it's like a mix between five night's at freddy's and sonic.exe
     
  18. Taleweaver

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    I was immediately thinking of game dev tycoon and that serious Sam 3 situation. But in terms of schadenfreude, nothing beats this one:

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    For those unfamiliar : the wii homebrew channel has this kind of protection, iirc if you start messing around with the actual IOS'es (that the wii uses, and I think the hbc as well) instead of 'safely' using cIOS'es in empty places on the thing. Basically : if you modded it wrong.
    I was fairly new to gbatemp, but 'sort of knew' how having a wii worked. Yet pretty soon I was one of the 'experts', simply because many were way more clueless of the process and what it does.
    There was a time where every other week someone popped in with a message like this. And then things went short if like this :
    Noob: halp! My homebrew channel is upside down!
    Us: okay... You need to obtain fresh IOS'es from nusd and use a wad installer to re-install <a bunch of IOS'es> to fix this.
    Noob: huh? IOS? Wads? I just wanna play games!
    Someone : what guide did you follow to hack your wii?
    (on hindsight, I suspect at least some just asked this out of schadenfreude as well)
    Noob: some obscure YouTube channel that hasn't been edited in years, with files from some site.
    Us : yeah... That's your problem. :tpi:


    (note : I've got to admit I've ran into this myself when first messing with Sneek. But this was more a hobby project than anything else so it was somehow both frustrating and hilarious at the same time :P)
    [​IMG]
     
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  20. Bladexdsl

    Bladexdsl ZOMG my posts...it's over 9000!!!
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    did you have the CD version or was it part of a game pack with other games? the codebook and manual would have been on the CD. when i first played it i got it as part of a pack of other games in a long sleeve of plastic cd covers there wasn't any manual for any of the games. so when i encountered so called puzzle i thought the game was broken and took it back to the shops. they than explained to me that there is a codebook on the cd you must use. and i was like: :wtf:
     
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