Tiny indie developers Greenheart Studios gave pirates a shock when their game, Game Dev Tycoon, had in-game pirates ruin players’ game sales after a certain amount of time. Patrick Klug, the company’s co-founder, announced that on the first day of release, 204 players had purchased the game, while 3,100 had pirated it. Soon afterwards, users began to complain of piracy ruining their businesses, with one user asking if it was possible to implement DRM within the game, in an act of supreme irony.
“As a gamer I laughed out loud: the irony!!!” wrote Klug.
“However, as the developer, who spent over a year creating this game and hasn’t drawn a salary yet, I wanted to cry.”
If you’d like to support Greenheart Studios, you can buy a copy of their game for £7.99 here (or wait until our review on Friday!)
Technology-based hacking antics are afoot in Watch Dogs, which recently received a release date of November 21st for PS3, Xbox 360, PC and Wii U. The game, which was the standout title at E3 2012, beating out offerings from the three main manufacturers, will be one of the few games to be released on Wii U at the same time as the other console editions rather than several months afterwards. We look forward to it.