Eidos Sets Sneaky Trap for Arkham Asylum Pirates

September 9, 2009 Written by Draisey

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Software piracy has been the bane of videogame development for a long, long time, especially for PC developers. But it’s not very often when a game studio resorts to hidden piracy protection rather than activation codes or shoddy DRM, which makes Batman: Arkham Asylum a classic example of programming brilliance.


On the Eidos forums, a user by the name of Cheshirec_the_cat announced a problem he was having with the game, which he apparently downloaded for free. Let’s just say Eidos’s response is absolutely hilarious.

Cheshirec_the_cat (The Pirater):

“Hi!
I’ve got a problem when it’s time to use Batman’s glide in the game. When I hold , like it’s said to jump from one platform to another, Batman tries to open his wings again and again instead of gliding. So he fels down in a poisoning gas. If somebody could tel me, what should I do there.”

Keir (Eidos Admin):

“The problem you have encountered is a hook in the copy protection, to catch out people who try and download cracked versions of the game for free.

It’s not a bug in the game’s code, it’s a bug in your moral code.”

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