Gun Fire Disabled in Deus Ex: The Fall on Jailbroken Devices

July 11, 2013 -

According to Polygon, the iOS version of Eidos' and Square Enix's Deus Ex: The Fall disables firing on jailbroken devices. Fans who just happen to have jailbroken iOS devices complained about the problem on the game's product page and in this Reddit thread. The first installment of Deus Ex: The Fall launched yesterday on iOS for $6.99.

The exact message players gets is:

"We are sorry but you can't fire on jailbroken devices."

Square Enix has not publicly commented on this story. Late last year the U.S. Copyright Office ruled that jailbreaking smartphones is legal, but did not extend the same ruling to tablets. No doubt this problem is part of some sort of scheme to stop players from using pirated versions of the game...

Source: Polygon


Comments

Re: Gun Fire Disabled in Deus Ex: The Fall on Jailbroken Devices

The issue here isn't that they've made the decision to disable gunfire on jailbroken devices, but the fact that they do not advertise this. They allow you to buy the game without giving the warning that advertised features will be disabled based on esoteric and hidden requirements. The product does not function as advertised, but it does function as it was purposefully designed.

Re: Gun Fire Disabled in Deus Ex: The Fall on Jailbroken Devices

I would say the main problem here is that they ASSUMED all JailBroken devices are using a pirated copy of the game which is clearly not the case. I am sure they could detect whether the game is owned as it would be recorded in the Apple Store. This was way too heavy-handed. People don't jailbreak JUST because they want to pirate apps (although some do). In my case, it's to remove several annoyances in iOS and add capabilities that are normally not there.

Re: Gun Fire Disabled in Deus Ex: The Fall on Jailbroken Devices

That is kinda like saying that the issue with mugging is the person is handing money under threat of violence.  While it is true that technically the situation would be fine if it was a friendly transaction, but the threat is so integral to the event that it can not be decoupled like that.

Re: Gun Fire Disabled in Deus Ex: The Fall on Jailbroken Devices

Why do so many companies go so far out of their way to set such terrible precedents?

Re: Gun Fire Disabled in Deus Ex: The Fall on Jailbroken Devices

I wonder if Apple put them up to it.

I mean, if it was pirated version of the app I can understand, but all legitimately paid for copies should work as intended, jailbroken phone or not

Re: Gun Fire Disabled in Deus Ex: The Fall on Jailbroken Devices

Actually, the pirated versions would work when the paid for version does not. Such is the irony of DRM.

-Greevar

"Paste superficially profound, but utterly meaningless quotation here."

Re: Gun Fire Disabled in Deus Ex: The Fall on Jailbroken Devices

I jailbreak my devices to improve upon built-in functionality and to add new functionality.  InfiniFolders, Auxo, Battery Doctor Pro, and AdBlocker are all indispensable; most of the functionality from the first three are being incorporated into iOS 7, years after these became available.

While I technically *can* pirate apps, I don't out of principle.  I have a co-worker, on the other hand, who doesn't think twice about doing it.

Re: Gun Fire Disabled in Deus Ex: The Fall on Jailbroken Devices

Ditto on the functions.

Not a single bad app on my ipad, just the tweaks.

I enjoy actually SEEING my backgrounds, so Gridlock is a must, and not having TONS of wasteful icons, so SBSettings and its quick access and ability to hide worthless apple made icons you can't otherwise be rid of is also.

and why they locked the toolbar down is beyond me, among other things...

Re: Gun Fire Disabled in Deus Ex: The Fall on Jailbroken Devices

Deus Ex: The Fail.

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

Re: Gun Fire Disabled in Deus Ex: The Fall on Jailbroken Devices

Someone did not think this one through.... and could potentially be looking at a lawsuit.

Re: Gun Fire Disabled in Deus Ex: The Fall on Jailbroken Devices

So I guess we can't be jailbreaking our AT&T iPhone to run on Verizon's network if we want to play this game. That's a shame.

Re: Gun Fire Disabled in Deus Ex: The Fall on Jailbroken Devices

Well, yeah.  As we all know, a jailbroken device means you pirated the game.  Without exception.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Gun Fire Disabled in Deus Ex: The Fall on Jailbroken Devices

just like all torrent users are pirates.

Crack files exist solely for pirates (i always hated swapping discs or losing a game to damaged discs. thank whomever for digital copies now!!)

or hey, those old fashioned VCR's that let you record off the TV, strictly for piracy! anyone remember that debacle? or the one surrounding DVD burners? oh god the DRM like things they tried to prevent all that.....

 
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