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Indie Devs Upload Their Own Game To The Pirate Bay

Soulskill posted about 3 years ago | from the arrr-me-hearties dept.

Piracy 227

dartttt writes "Indie game company tinyBuild Games, who released a platformer called No Time To Explain recently, uploaded their own game to the Pirate Bay. However, there's a key difference between the game they uploaded and the version you can purchase: the game characters wear pirate hats, and everything else has a pirate theme. One of the company's founders, Alex Nichiporchik, said, '[S]ome people are going to torrent it either way, we might as well make something funny out of it. ... You can’t really stop piracy, all you can do is make it work for you and/or provide something that people actually want to pay for. For us this is humor, we like making people laugh.'"

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Fake uploads (-1, Troll)

John2k (2461246) | about 3 years ago | (#37396740)

How is this any different from RIAA or MPAA uploading fake torrents of their music and movies to make it more difficult for people to find what they want? They are doing exactly the same - polluting torrent sites by uploading fake content. I want the real game, not some fake pirate themed one.

Re:Fake uploads (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37396754)

I want the real game, not some fake pirate themed one.

Umm, who is stopping you from buying it?

Re:Fake uploads (5, Funny)

Chrisq (894406) | about 3 years ago | (#37396766)

I want the real game, not some fake pirate themed one.

Umm, who is stopping you from buying it?

His mum won't give him any pocket money until he gets his lazy arse out of the basement and looks for a job.

ha (-1)

unity100 (970058) | about 3 years ago | (#37396850)

even if his mum did it, it wouldnt be to waste on extremely overpriced mass manufactured SHIT that the companies are putting into market to suck people off of their money.

and when he did get a job, he would be even more unwilling to waste his money on such SHIT.

just to reiterate - SHIT. for thats what they have been producing for a long time. most even arent being pirated.

Re:ha (1)

mwvdlee (775178) | about 3 years ago | (#37396950)

The game is just $10.
Unless ofcourse we're somehow no longer talking about the indie game the GP and TFA was talking about.

Re:ha (1)

unity100 (970058) | about 3 years ago | (#37397084)

most unfortunately, indie games come as short as their price tag in regard to content and detail. so, its not too different.

Re:ha (1)

sortius_nod (1080919) | about 3 years ago | (#37397546)

bullshit... this is all.

Re:ha (1)

Kjella (173770) | about 3 years ago | (#37397174)

even if his mum did it, it wouldnt be to waste on extremely overpriced mass manufactured SHIT that the companies are putting into market to suck people off of their money.

You seem to have a serious "everything has been done before... and better" bug up your ass given your posting history, which is fine. If you don't like anything made in the last decade don't buy it and don't pirate it. But you'd do well to lose the "I don't like it and that means it's SHIT and you don't like SHIT do you?" attitude, it's just as obnoxious when it's artsy types saying all mainstream music and film sucks, gourmet chefs bashing fast food even though people obviously like the taste or grumpy old gamers who thinks everything with better than VGA graphics must suck.

Re:ha (1)

unity100 (970058) | about 3 years ago | (#37397294)

actually all mainstream music and film sucks indeed. and games. and im no generation x.

Re:ha (1)

sarduwie (1571169) | about 3 years ago | (#37397684)

And girigiriphp is just another piece of shit in a vast ocean of shit.

Idiot.

Re:ha (1)

unity100 (970058) | about 3 years ago | (#37398058)

relevance ?

Re:ha (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | about 3 years ago | (#37397720)

It's a computer game sold as a download - clearly it is not "mass manufactured" unless I'm a manufacturing tycoon every time I run "cp -r".

Overpriced is impossible to judge since I have no idea what their costs were or how much time they spent on it or what you judge is a fair wage for that time. But it is less than the tip on my "It's Friday, stuff cooking let's go to the Chinese place" dinner. It's about what pay the government in income taxes each hour I work.

And "SHIT" is also hard to judge without playing the game or at least hearing from someone whose opinion I trust who has.

And since all mainstream games sucks per you, just what is a non-mainstream game?

Re:ha (2)

julesh (229690) | about 3 years ago | (#37398120)

actually all mainstream music and film sucks indeed. and games. and im no generation x.

No. If you were, you'd be more likely to punctuate correctly and use at-least-approximately correct grammar. ;)

Re:ha (1)

unity100 (970058) | about 3 years ago | (#37398206)

yes. and those served generation x very vell didnt they. like, they have lived their lives much happier.... oh wait - they didnt. and i made another grammatical error in the preceding sentences. oh well ...

Re:ha (1)

Rhaban (987410) | about 3 years ago | (#37397316)

If it's shit, why would he even want to play it pirated?

Re:ha (1)

unity100 (970058) | about 3 years ago | (#37397360)

its like having to live in a city which has high level of air pollution. you know its shit, but you have to breathe it in. you dont have any alternative unless you move elsewhere.

so is a lot with our society nowadays - almost everything is shit, but, that is all that is there. you have to use them in order to make up for your needs.

Re:ha (1)

Rhaban (987410) | about 3 years ago | (#37397568)

Playing is not a need.

Re:ha (1)

unity100 (970058) | about 3 years ago | (#37397674)

oh it is. music, entertainment, this that. they are basic needs that make humans sociable than sociopaths. you should take up reading on how people who was raised without presence of such things or other civilized contact in the wilds develop in their later years - unable to participate in the society. basically, they remain animal-like.

Re:ha (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | about 3 years ago | (#37398142)

So before the invention of computer games, people remained animal-like?

Re:ha (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | about 3 years ago | (#37397768)

So move elsewhere, surely?

There are lots of different societies in the world. Some don't have any video games at all even.

Your income is also paid in exchange for worthless shit from you (or is your stuff conveniently in the tiny "not almost everything" category?). So exchanging shit for shit doesn't seem unfair.

And playing a video game (that you don't like anyway apparently) isn't a "need". Or did that silver spoon really go that far up your arse?

Re:Fake uploads (1)

mangu (126918) | about 3 years ago | (#37397816)

His mum won't give him any pocket money until he gets his lazy arse out of the basement and looks for a job.

She told him so in his thirtieth birthday.

Re:Fake uploads (1)

John2k (2461246) | about 3 years ago | (#37396780)

I want the real game, not some fake pirate themed one.

Umm, who is stopping you from buying it?

Who is stopping you from buying RIAA music? Should they be allowed to spam their shit all over The Pirate Bay?

Re:Fake uploads (1)

Megane (129182) | about 3 years ago | (#37396844)

Who is stopping you from buying RIAA music?

The people who make such lame music these days that I don't even want to pirate it, that's who. That basically leaves me with one Wierd Al disc every few years, though I do buy used CDs from time to time.

When I download music, it's mostly from JASRAC artists, and a bit of whatever Germany's group is. (I love me some Eisbrescher.)

Re:Fake uploads (1)

xaxa (988988) | about 3 years ago | (#37397238)

Who is stopping you from buying RIAA music?

The people who make such lame music these days that I don't even want to pirate it, that's who. That basically leaves me with one Wierd Al disc every few years, though I do buy used CDs from time to time.

When I download music, it's mostly from JASRAC artists, and a bit of whatever Germany's group is. (I love me some Eisbrescher.)

I like Eisbrecher ("Icebreaker") a little (I don't have any of their music, it's a bit too rock/metally but if they play in London I'll go and watch). Until August 2010 they were with independent labels (in August 2010 they signed with Sony, but don't seem to have released anything yet). So, what justifies you copying their music?

Re:Fake uploads (1)

Megane (129182) | about 3 years ago | (#37397330)

Because I have yet to find their music for sale here in the USA on a store shelf. If I do, it will be an immediate purchase. Physical CD copies only, please, I don't buy "music store" MP3s, nor do I do mail order.

Re:Fake uploads (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37397260)

Should they be allowed to spam their shit all over The Pirate Bay?

Absolutely. You can't possibly claim that the rules don't apply to you and you can upload and download anything you want, but they do apply the RIAA and they're not allowed to upload anything.
Freedom != everyone does exactly what I want

Re:Fake uploads (1)

John2k (2461246) | about 3 years ago | (#37397326)

That's funny, because TPB would remove such torrents.

Re:Fake uploads (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37398136)

Proof positive that the de facto mantra of TPB is "I want free shit" and all the bullshit they spew is just cover for that.

Re:Fake uploads (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37396756)

How is this any different from RIAA or MPAA uploading fake torrents of their music and movies to make it more difficult for people to find what they want?

1) This download does not contain malware.

2) They will not drag you to court for downloading something that wasn't what you wanted to download anyway.

Re:Fake uploads (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37397526)

3) it's actually the game, just with all the characters wearing pirate hats.

Re:Fake uploads (1)

happylight (600739) | about 3 years ago | (#37396758)

Exactly. I wouldn't be surprised if they fucked with the piratebay version somehow and it's impossible to complete, especially with a game like No Time to Explain.

Re:Fake uploads (1)

John2k (2461246) | about 3 years ago | (#37396868)

Judging by the comments on TPB page [thepiratebay.org] , they did fuck with it:

The pirated version of the game a buggy as hell, and everyone is pirate themed, which I have a feeling is intended.

Re:Fake uploads (1)

duguk (589689) | about 3 years ago | (#37396912)

Judging by the comments on TPB page [thepiratebay.org] , they did fuck with it:

The pirated version of the game a buggy as hell, and everyone is pirate themed, which I have a feeling is intended.

Who knows? It might be the original that's buggy and the torrent shows quite how badly written it is.
(in fact, nowhere does it mention that the pirated game has extra bugs, so it's likely that this is true)

It would be unusual for a torrented game to be worse and more freedom-restricting than actually paying for it.

Ok,ok. It's not that I'm suggesting this new idea is a bad one; just that it is a novelty and I can't see it being profitable for EA to put pirate hats on all of the Sims.

Re:Fake uploads (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37397092)

I already put pirate hats on all of my Sims. and i use cheats to add them onto all NPC characters.

this would be a great feature to add.

Re:Fake uploads (2)

Eightbitgnosis (1571875) | about 3 years ago | (#37396760)

It isn't a fake. It's just differently themed in character design on the Pirate's Bay version

Re:Fake uploads (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37396826)

havent seen the game yet, but now I am wondering which version looks the best

Re:Fake uploads (1)

GigaplexNZ (1233886) | about 3 years ago | (#37396762)

The difference is that this is a playable game with a positive PR spin, whereas I assume the fakes that RIAA et al use are just blobs of pseudorandom data.

Re:Fake uploads (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37396764)

The difference would be that using this pirate themed game, you can sense what the real thing will be like (and pay for it if you want it). The fake RIAA torrents don't do this.

Re:Fake uploads (3, Funny)

maxwell demon (590494) | about 3 years ago | (#37397186)

So the RIAA should put versions of their songs on TPB where every five seconds someone says "arrr"?

Re:Fake uploads (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37396782)

Then buy it, Sherlock.

Re:Fake uploads (-1, Troll)

John2k (2461246) | about 3 years ago | (#37396824)

Then what's the point of torrent sites in the first place? I go there to get free stuff, not some marketing bluff.

Re:Fake uploads (1)

Rysc (136391) | about 3 years ago | (#37397324)

Let's rephrase this.

"We've released an EXCLUSIVE Pirate Bay edition of our game with custom skins !"

Now do you want it?

Perhaps I should reiterate: It's the SAME game. The same. Only some visuals are different.

Re:Fake uploads (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37397584)

In other words, your the scum of the earth.

Re:Fake uploads (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about 3 years ago | (#37397952)

I've been considering buying it. It's a reasonable $10 and doesn't seem to have any DRM (although it doesn't explicitly say it's DRM-free).

Anyone know if this game has any DRM?

Re:Fake uploads (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37396786)

I want the real game, not some fake pirate themed one.

It IS the real game, it's not "fake" in any way. It is also pirate themed. If you want the non pirate themed, go download the OTHER torrent of the game or buy it.

Re:Fake uploads (2)

tudsworth (1919278) | about 3 years ago | (#37396790)

I dunno, I'm actually half-tempted to buy this game because they're taking the inevitability of piracy, and getting a little bit of humour out of it. That and, unlike the two companies you've mentioned, the developers of this game are not actively prosecuting pirates. If anything, they're rewarding you for pirating... if you like pirate-themed games.

Re:Fake uploads (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37396812)

How is this any different from RIAA or MPAA uploading fake torrents of their music and movies to make it more difficult for people to find what they want? They are doing exactly the same - polluting torrent sites by uploading fake content. I want the real game, not some fake pirate themed one.

Aw, poor baby. Go buy it then.

Troll, FFS. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37396886)

Okay, seriously - how did all of you previous commenters not notice that he's just trolling?

Re:Fake uploads (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37396902)

This is hardly a fake torrent; it's just the game with pirates of the "Arrr" type. Think of it as some sort of demo with a bonus skin.

Re:Fake uploads (1)

Dunbal (464142) | about 3 years ago | (#37396952)

I want the real game, not some fake pirate themed one.

Then pay, you cheap bastard. At least this way you can try the "fake" pirate one and if you like it then buy the non-pirate hat version. But it seems you just want everyone to do everything for you for free. Why don't you write your own damned game in that case, and we can all rip YOU off? This is a smart, sensible business model and I wish the devs the best.

Re:Fake uploads (2)

Smidge204 (605297) | about 3 years ago | (#37397478)

How is this any different from RIAA or MPAA uploading fake torrents of their music and movies to make it more difficult for people to find what they want? They are doing exactly the same - polluting torrent sites by uploading fake content. I want the real game, not some fake pirate themed one.

The difference is the RI/MPAA is doing it to collect for IPs for their all-lawsuit business model. These people are doing it with the realization that a certain number of people are going to pirate it no matter what so they may as well make a joke out of it. I haven't downloaded the game but it sounds like it's otherwise the same as the original, commercial version save graphics.

Having a sense of humor about it seems to be a good thing if these types of stories are anything to go by.
=Smidge=

I wonder whether the fact they uploaded it (1)

Chrisq (894406) | about 3 years ago | (#37396774)

I wonder whether the fact they uploaded it makes it legal to download? If they claim they gave no permission to download would it be entrapment?

Re:I wonder whether the fact they uploaded it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37397150)

They are technically two different works or at least the art portion of it is...I would thing this means they probably have separate copyrights but who knows...IANAL

Re:I wonder whether the fact they uploaded it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37397968)

You can legally download anything you want. It's only distribution of copyrighted material that is illegal.

Re:I wonder whether the fact they uploaded it (1)

Chrisq (894406) | about 3 years ago | (#37398080)

You can legally download anything you want. It's only distribution of copyrighted material that is illegal.

If the thing you are downloading is copyrighted material, isn't simply downloading it distributing it?

Re:I wonder whether the fact they uploaded it (1)

julesh (229690) | about 3 years ago | (#37398156)

It's quite difficult to download a popular torrent without also uploading. You'd need a hacked client in order to be able to achieve it, and most such clients get blacklisted by trackers when they're discovered.

Link (4, Informative)

Sparx139 (1460489) | about 3 years ago | (#37396818)

Re:Link (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 3 years ago | (#37397254)

I need a non-torrent link, my ISP prohibits torrenting. Yes, really.

Since they uploaded it, it's a legal download, but my WISP is using some weak-sauce tech that they described as "running out of frames" when people torrent. I don't know what they meant by that really. I know what a frame is, but it sounds specious to me.

Re:Link (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37397270)

You need to upgrade your graphics card. Get more frames per second.

Re:Link (1)

hduff (570443) | about 3 years ago | (#37397528)

I know what a frame is, but it sounds specious to me.

You need to upgrade your graphics card. Get more frames per second.

No, you need to stop implicating other people for your own crimes.

Re:Link (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37397606)

I need a non-torrent link

What you need is a real ISP. Or, you can always buy the game from the developers. You don't get the gimmick of the game characters wearing pirate hats but otherwise the game is the same.

Re:Link (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 3 years ago | (#37397850)

What you need is a real ISP.

No such thing is available where I live. In theory I could put up a private point to point link to someplace where I could get real access, but I don't know anyone to whom I have LoS.

I want to try the game before I buy it. I think most games aren't worth the money. I simply will not buy a game without trying it any more. Not only do I not have the disposable income, but it's a stupid way to buy games.

Re:Link (1)

MechaStreisand (585905) | about 3 years ago | (#37397926)

Where do you live where ISPs are THAT bad? Need to know so I never ever go there.

WISP stands for sat/cell (1)

tepples (727027) | about 3 years ago | (#37398196)

Where do you live where ISPs are THAT bad?

Anywhere outside the reach of cable Internet and DSL Internet, which by now mostly includes rural areas. "WISP" stands for wireless Internet service provider, which usually means satellite, cellular, or something very similar to cellular. These tend to have horrible pings compared to DSL or cable and single digit GB/mo caps.

Re:Link (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | about 3 years ago | (#37398254)

What about using a VPN provider? Or does your provider block that as well?

Re:Link (1)

jackbird (721605) | about 3 years ago | (#37397714)

Just curious, how does your ISP handle "I can't play World of Warcraft" complaints?

Re:Link (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37398056)

Just curious, how does your ISP handle "I can't play World of Warcraft" complaints?

"You're welcome."

Fall back to direct download (1)

tepples (727027) | about 3 years ago | (#37398146)

how does your ISP handle "I can't play World of Warcraft" complaints?

Presumably by referring the user to official information [blizzard.com] : "In the event of such a restriction, you may be redirected to a direct download. Due to the nature of direct downloads, you may experience a slow transfer if redirected in this way."

Disappointed (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37396878)

So they did have time to explain :(

They are smart for doing this. (4, Insightful)

stretch0611 (603238) | about 3 years ago | (#37396906)

They are creating buzz about their game. Its free marketing, and marketing is one of the areas that indies do not have a lot of money to fund.

I am positive that many people will download it for free and never even consider paying for it. However, I am just as sure that another large group of people will download it, try it, like it, and go and buy the version without pirate hats. (I am assuming that they have something in game or in the downloaded files that tells the end-user how to get a legit copy.)

I even expect that there will even be a small amount of people that will give money to the developer just for offering their game like this. Reasons for this will be because they legitimize p2p, to encourage more devs to go this route, or even just to give a big FU to companies like EA, Activision, and Ubisoft that think that DRM is the only way to succeed.

In the end, I would wager that they will make more money on this game by letting people download it for free than if they tried to actual remove their game from filesharing sites. (not that it is ever possible to completely remove a file from the internet.)

Re:They are smart for doing this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37396948)

Indeed. I am willing to pay $$$ for a good laugh and making a "Pirate" version yourself with pirate hats on everyone in the game surely made me chuckle.
NOw I'm off to find the order page.

Re:They are smart for doing this. (1)

Aladrin (926209) | about 3 years ago | (#37397018)

I know at least some people bought it because of this.

I did, for one. I heard the name long ago and thought it was interesting. When they did this, I thought about pirating it to demo it, but then I just decided to pay the $10.

I'm not sure it was worth it, but I think once ep2 is out (which we get for free, if we bought) then it will be.

Re:They are smart for doing this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37397372)

Well said!

I ripped off Machinarium and World of Goo, liked them so much after 5 mins I searched for the companies and bought the game downloads directly off them. Machinarium even came with a free download of the soundtrack in MP3 which was a bonus download.

Lots of paid games I have are from indies after I tried a "full demo" and paid for the product immediately. I will certainly be checking this out, I'd rather my money went to a struggling indy label than the bigger names who simply see gamers as cash-cows.

Re:They are smart for doing this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37397810)

Weren't you disappointed when the paid-for version didn't have the cool pirate theme?

Re:They are smart for doing this. (1)

Aladrin (926209) | about 3 years ago | (#37398138)

Okay, I admit that I was, but I knew that was the case before I bought it. ;)

Re:They are smart for doing this. (1)

NathanWoodruff (966362) | about 3 years ago | (#37397830)

I went to go pay for the game too just because they put it out in torrent form. I was on the page with all my information filled out ready to click buy sight unseen, and then decided to first check out the torrent. I then read the comments of the torrent.

The free version is buggy, graphics are less than stellar, and as a whole the game is difficult to play. I decided against sending them my money. If they were going to put effort into putting out a free game that was comparable to the paid game, I would have had no problem paying them for it. I paid $25 for The World of Goo. I think I played it once. It doesn't matter, it was the principle.

These developers put a half hearted attempt to create a buzz to sell more games, short changing the rest of us. Put the real game out on a torrent and I'll buy it sight unseen, even if I will never play it.

Nathan

Re:They are smart for doing this. (1)

Aladrin (926209) | about 3 years ago | (#37398152)

I read that and assumed the pirate version was an early release, and since torrents can't be updated, it hasn't been. And why should they spend more time on that version?

Re:They are smart for doing this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37397880)

I would probably buy it (now I don't buy games, because I never have time to play them, but still) just because I want to encourage this kind of behaviour.
It is much better than to fill the games with DRM and stuff that bothers legit players more than if you pirate the game.

Re:They are smart for doing this. (2)

Xest (935314) | about 3 years ago | (#37397210)

Yes, this is really the key to a succesful indie game. It's about getting buzz around your release. You can absolutely guarantee that because this has been posted on Slashdot some people on Slashdot will now go and buy it who never otherwise would.

But also, because the media is so lazy and they just recycle other people's stories you can also guarantee that because at least one site has now covered it, the others will follow suit and cover it too - so the combined effect is all these extra sites covering it mean extra sales.

Follow it up in a couple of weeks with a story about how "succesful" your awesome idea was and that'll repeat the show. Maybe do another in a month or two following it up again if you fancy milking that last few.

Re:They are smart for doing this. (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | about 3 years ago | (#37397218)

I never heard about the game, but since it has a Linux version and it only costs around 9€, I just bought the damned thing. Showing a bit support never hurts. It's pretty fun, I played it for an hour over lunchtime. I'm already stuck. I haven't been any good at video games since I've been 14.

Re:They are smart for doing this. (4, Interesting)

poena.dare (306891) | about 3 years ago | (#37397262)

In 1989 I was hired to do tech support for a tiny Mac software firm. My boss would upload the latest versions of our software to a variety of pirate boards.

At that time it was incredibly hard to get shelf space at brick-and-mortar stores if you were small fry. The buzz generated by those lusty pirates helped our sales in a big way.

Thanks, you rascals with 14.4 modems!

Re:They are smart for doing this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37397888)

I can attest to that, I'm half tempted to purchase it totally blind just from hearing about this.

Legality (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37396962)

Will it still be illegal to download this modified version, willingly uploaded by the author? Because that could seriously backfire if paying customers find out there is a (to all intents and purposes) identical, legal and free version available.

Lucasarts did the same years ago (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37396970)

with Monkey Island.

Impressed! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37396976)

Makes me want both copies just because the company is doing something different. I respect them greatly for this even though i don't know anything about the game, it just makes me want to but it because they are obviously being a bit of a smartass.
New and different win! Many internets to them!

no malware (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37397002)

By having the publisher put it up you have the confidence that the game will not have the malware that a cracked copy can have.

Pirate bay accepts uploads? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37397088)

There's me thinking it was just a torrent site. In other words, it didnt actually host the stuff. Or is this just publicity-whoring? Hmmm what do you think?

Re:Pirate bay accepts uploads? (1)

ninthbit (623926) | about 3 years ago | (#37397604)

I was just wondering the same thing... why hasn't the standard /. elititist correction storm began. I'm pretty sure if they were an actual seed box instead of just a search engine they would have some serious legal problems.

Once again the pirated version is superior (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37397376)

Some companies ruin the original game by putting in DRM that makes your computer unstable, making the pirated version better. These guys make the pirated version better than the original by putting in pirate hats. I mean, pirate hats make everything better.

Re:Once again the pirated version is superior (1)

cp.tar (871488) | about 3 years ago | (#37398216)

I put on my robe and pirate hat.

Not as cool... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37397390)

Not as cool as at first expected. They uploaded a buggy different version of the game. This would be awesome if they just uploaded their *real* game to TPB and said "have at it". At that point I would go and pay for it. As is it's still more "we're trying to trick you" nonsense.

I've been doing this for years... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37397434)

I did *exactly* this with my first game on android:
http://www.demonoid.me/files/details/2221567/2040927/
http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/5555899/Physics_Playground_for_android_%28awesome_game_%29_-_apk
its the full version of the game - but the faces are made to look like pirates!
This game only had 20k or so downloads - but the rate doubled when I put it on demonoid - TPB made little difference though.

The same is true of my more recent game (wheelz) which has millions of downloads! though I cant find the link for that - I may have to re-upload if no-one else does :)

Demonoid is invite only (1)

tepples (727027) | about 3 years ago | (#37398248)

the rate doubled when I put it on demonoid - TPB made little difference though

So how does one get a Demonoid account?

The 80's called (1)

hduff (570443) | about 3 years ago | (#37397508)

And they want their game back.

AC Trolling... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37397686)

This just goes to show that the content industry still doesn't get it.

When the pirated product is superior to the retail offering, it provides a disincentive to purchase.

I WANT PIRATE HATS ON ALL MY CHARACTERS.

Early game version (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37397848)

There is an early, free-to-play Flash version of this game available here [newgrounds.com] .

(NOTE: Website contains other content which may be considered NSFW.)

oops (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37398008)

The pirated version may be better in that case.
Happens with most PC games out lately.

Piracy is still the best option (1)

undecim (1237470) | about 3 years ago | (#37398210)

the game characters wear pirate hats

So even when there is no DRM involved, pirated games are STILL better than paying....

(on a serious note, I'll try the pirated game, since it should be legal if they're the ones I'm downloading it from, right? If I like it, I'll consider buying the less-awesome version; In other words, this was a successful slashvert)

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