Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

November 15, 2008 -

So you torrented Spore and Fallout 3?

Shame on you. But, among pirates, you're a lightweight.

PC World reports that Somali buccaneers have been pirating games the old-fashioned way - on the high seas, with guns.

Pirates in the vicinity of Somalia have been stepping up attacks on trade ships beyond the Horn of Africa into the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, imperiling access to the Suez Canal. Those attacks are up from one every few weeks to four in a single day, according to Sam Dawson of the International Transport Workers' Federation... "This is not just guys in little fishing boats anymore," says Dawson. "We know there are three probably ex-Soviet trawlers acting as mother ships..."

 

"Despite all the publicity over piracy it will really hit home when consumers in the West find they haven't got their Nintendo gifts this Christmas..."


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Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

Video Game Pirates work very professionally.

Art papers

Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

You know... if they broke the shipments up and used a fleet of cargo planes, they could bypass the pirates altogether...

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" - Benjamin Franklin

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" - Benjamin Franklin

Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

 Maybe we need to "discover" oil in Somalia.

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Hmm, maybe they need some kind of private security firm with a fleet of light frigates to run escort for cargo ships and ward the pirates off. The **AA's could probably pay for them and if they ever fall short of cash again I'm sure they could sue more 10 year olds and dead people.

 

Now that I think of it, that naval security thing sounds like a good game idea, they should make it and then as an amusing twist, have it stolen by sea pirates.

 

Does anyone here know someone from Somalia? I'd love to hear what "Avast ye scurvy landlubbers" sounds like with a somali accent...

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I have a strange feeling that it would sound eerily similar to a blast from an AK47...

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" - Benjamin Franklin

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" - Benjamin Franklin

Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

Didn't a group of these guys try to hijack a Japanese ship, and they Japanese fought back and won with only one person on the Japanese side suffering minor injuries?  I could swear I remember reading something about that on CNN a few months ago.

"That's not ironic. That's justice."

Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

Too bad the ESA, the MAFIAA and our corporate controlled government doesn't have the balls to these guys, since you know, they'll probably put up a fight.

 

*Ignores international laws and political issues.*

Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

I think this is somehow appropriate:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7I5dVBezF9k

Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

That's Epic dude.

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Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

So...are they gonna make people have to enter a key and verify with their servers before they climb up the ladder, but if you enter more than 5 times it says "Do not enter" and you just hit the computer thing with a hammer and it shuts up?

 

Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

Forget about the war on terror, when on earth are they going to use the fleets around to systematically wipe these guys off the surface of the earth? Send them to Davy Jones' Locker already! That protection fleet of 6 ships is cute and all for only a handful of ships, if they want to end all this taking of hostages and stuff they should send warfleets from several countries.

Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

Sweet. Hopefully the make a dent in Wiis shiping to the US so that mine will sell for more this Christmas.

These people do put my feeble pirating to shame though :(

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Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

Excuse me, but I need to go ask Santa what the orders are.  He's one of the world's most successful Ninjas - only a Ninja can break into that many houses on a single night - and he's in charge of all Christmas-related Ninja activities.

"That's not ironic. That's justice."

Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

Actually he's a pirate. He has a vessel full of loot that he puts it in boxes and buries them in chimneys or under trees (well actually it's hard to bury anything when you have to dig through hardwood floor). Oh and Santa's been around for hundreds of years, normally he'd be dead but he isn't and nobody sees him at work.

He's a ghost pirate.

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"What for you bury me in the cold cold ground?" - Tasmanian devil

---------------------------------------------------- Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it's over they have the same positions they started in.

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Santa is obviously corporeal, given his ability to eat milk and cookies.  He possesses powers of ninja and pirate in nature.  And the reindeer with the glowing red nose is obviously a cyborg, and Santa would never let somebody else have cybernetic enhancements without getting some of that action for himself.

Thus proving that Santa Claus is, in fact... a Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot!

Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

But a Ninja before the other three.

"That's not ironic. That's justice."

Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

Well that depends on what he became first. We don't know that, all we know is that he's 1/4 ninja 1/4 pirate, 1/4 robot and 1/4 zombie ... oh and 1/4 Santa.

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"What for you bury me in the cold cold ground?" - Tasmanian devil

---------------------------------------------------- Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it's over they have the same positions they started in.

Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

 What? no Jesus?

Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

um, 1 + 1 + ... wait a sec... *brain explodes*

Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

Yep. Because Santa's just that awesome.

"There are some things in life worth making a fuss over. This probably isn't one of them."~ Something a lot of stressed-out people in the world need to remember.

Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

I was trying to make a manbearpig reference but I guess it didn't work.

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"What for you bury me in the cold cold ground?" - Tasmanian devil

---------------------------------------------------- Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it's over they have the same positions they started in.

Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates


I got it, haha....  The laughs that southpark brings to life...

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Are you a Pastafarian too?

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Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

No after getting in touch with my spiritual self I've decided to embrace an Eastern Religion.

I worship the flying Lo Mein monster.

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"What for you bury me in the cold cold ground?" - Tasmanian devil

---------------------------------------------------- Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it's over they have the same positions they started in.

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That is the war Bush should have went after...  damn sea pirates, making us internet pirates look bad...  at least online pirates dont hurt people

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Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

Well if Clinton hadn't lost the fight in Somalia in the first place, this might not be such a big deal.  Also, let's face it; the American people don't have the stomach to see a war in Africa. 

Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

We haven't had much care to be in Africa since Patton beat Rommel.

Here are we -- and yonder yawns the universe.

Here are we -- and yonder yawns the universe.

Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

We were actually doing a great job in Somalia until the Clinton Administration took over.  Let's face it, that administration sold Task Force Ranger down the river and lost America some of its finest soldiers.  It also proved once again that the UN is absolutely worthless.

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 What sort of authority do you expect the UN to have when one of its founding members ignores its recommendations? Who is going to follow the UN's rules if not its members? Only worthless entity on the world stage is yours, my friend.

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Maybe now we can that we have a black president without it being a racist war...  I think a war in Nigeria would be a life style upgrade for half of the people.  They are one of the crime capitals of the world...  Why are we closing down guantanamo bay again?  Oh thats right, because we have other more secret locations that we hide a lot worse people that we do a lot worse things to.

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Oh yeah, Nigeria is a shithole, just like most of that continent.  But do the American people have the fortitude to wage that war?  I doubt it.  For some reason, we have this idiotic notion of a 'fair fight', which makes it seem 'unfair' to fight people in shorts and tshirts with small squads of men armed with well-maintained automatic weaponry, body armor, and the latest in night-vision and weapon-mounted optics.  Which is ridiculous.

Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

Good point!

 - Warren Lewis

Consumer responsibility is just as important as Corporate responsibility. So, be responsible consumers.

Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

That's the awesomest thing i've ever heard of.

-I apologize-

-I apologize-

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Oh yeah, they also pirated some tanks.  But that's all good and well, because eventually Russia's going to get those tanks back in a matter that will make those who took them regret their actions.

Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

why get them back when russia has piles of old useless tanks that it needs to get rid off...

Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

Because

1) they weren't old tanks, they were the current Russian military tanks and

2) being responsible for giving a somali warlord tanks is something that no one wants to see happen.

Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

"CRAP! Someone beat me too it."

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Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

Captain Beefsteak (CB): "Avast, you scurvy dogs! Yonder be our precious catch!" - Motions to a boat on the horizon

CB: "I hear tale that vessel be carryin' a mighty haul of booty."

First mate Sissy-fizzle (FS): "What kind of booty be we talkin' 'bout, Capn'?"
 

CB: "Why, none other than disc shaped gold!"

FS: "You mean to say...."

CB: "AYE! Copies of Spore with no DRM features coded into it."

Crew: Random cheering and clapping

CB: "Settle down, lads. Remember the last time we were careless around the Electronic Alliance's vessels." (Holds up a stub of a hand with a USB flash drive attached to the end)

FS: "Aye, twas a sad day indeed, Capn'"

CB: "It was worth it to steal the last digit on their CD-keys though. A loss I gladly accept to bring down those elitest EA bastards."

Cabin boy Wiggly-Wrists (CW): "Capn', why are we stealing from EA when they offer their products at reasonable prices?"

CB: *approaches the boy* "Your right, me bucko. They have never done anything wrong at all have they?" *Pulls out a Rockband guitar and smashes the boy over the head with it.* "EXCEPT MAKE SHIT THAT DOESN'T WORK IF YOU BUY IT FROM THEM!"

*motions to FS* "Those this little pup to the sharks."

*address crew* "Split your lungs with blood and thunder!!!!"

"

Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

Arr! those sharks are going to have indigestion if you feed them the boy matey!

That was quite funny.

 - Warren Lewis

Consumer responsibility is just as important as Corporate responsibility. So, be responsible consumers.

Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

*pictures pirates in old fashioned ships going after modern cargo ships, and firing cannons at it and getting on board and making everyone 'walk the plank.'*

"Arr! This be our ship now matey. Copies of Spore! One to each of us and plenty to go 'round. Now we need to find someone to strip the game of it's DRM!"

Nah, I'm sure they have a more modern way of doing it on the seas. But still, its what comes to mind first.

 - Warren Lewis

Edit: Also, my excuse for missing out on 'Talk like a pirate day.'

Consumer responsibility is just as important as Corporate responsibility. So, be responsible consumers.

Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

Nah, I'm sure they have a more modern way of doing it on the seas.

Yup. High speed and cigar boats as opposed to sloops, RPGs as opposes to cannons and "shoot and dump" as opposed to the plank.

Re: Meet the REAL Video Game Pirates

Can ye hear the anti-game crowd? Those gamelubbers be killin one another for their games! They need to be banned!

 - Warren Lewis

Consumer responsibility is just as important as Corporate responsibility. So, be responsible consumers.

 
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