I am greatly amused by this.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I am extremely against pirating video games. It’s not even really for moral reasons (i.e. stealing’s bad, mmk?), but more from the standpoint that, as someone who’s done asset work for games before, I know how thankless a job it is. In my eyes, pirating a video game I’ve worked on just takes food out of my family’s mouth, and I don’t like that. I know, I know, EA is the devil and you “shouldn’t have to pay for the game, then 10 DLC packs” and blah blah blah. But I’ll digress.
What really amuses me is that this time ’round, the hackers have become the trolls.
It took approximately 24 hours for the first Sims 4 crack to hit Pirate Bay, a popular torrent site. It came with the usual annoyances: trojan warnings, a potential virus threat, etc. But what I doubt anyone really expected was the full screen pixelation as soon as your sim went to the bathroom or took a bath. That’s right. Sit on the toilet – BAM. Full screen is covered in irreversible mosaic censorship. It’s pretty hilarious. Most of these cracks are reported and removed within 24 hours, leaving pirates screaming, “WHY?! WHERE DID IT GO?” But, inevitably, 10 more eventually take its place and the whole cycle starts over again.
I guess this could be a valuable lesson to all the pirates out there. Not paying for the game might be all fine and dandy for you, but there’s always going to be people who DO think you should pay for the game making your attempt at stealing it just a little bit harder.