If you are worried that you won't be able to play Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number in Australia due to it being refused classification in the country by the Australian Classification Board, then perhaps Hotline Miami 2 designer Jonatan Söderström (from Dennaton Games) has an answer you might like: just pirate it. At least that is what he told one fan who emailed him and offered to send him money directly to get his hands on the game when it is released later this year.
The award-winning Android game Monument Valley is pretty popular, but it's developer (Ustwo) who says that for all of its critical reception and GOTY awards, only five percent of its installed base on Android actually paid for it.
Of course this number excludes legitimate free copies obtained by users during a one-day Amazon Appstore promotion that saw the game given away for free - as well as other free downloads from other promotions. Ustwo says that the number is a lot higher on iOS - at 40 percent.
This NeoGAF thread highlights the unique way that developer Croteam has come up with to teach those who pirated its latest game The Talos Principle a lesson. Players who obtained Croteam's first-person puzzle game by pirating it end up being stuck in an elevator.. forever, according to what people are saying in this steam thread.
According to this TorrentFreak story, the settlement that the Motion Picture Association of America made with file-sharing site Hotfile was a lot less than the $80 million figure thrown around in public. According to the report, Hotfile ultimately paid $4 million dollars and the site was eventually shut down.
The New Zealand Supreme Court ruled this week that the 2011 raid on Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom's Auckland, New Zealand mansion was legal, according to this TorrentFreak report. While the highest court in New Zealand acknowledged that the search warrants used against Dotcom were 'deficient' in detail, it concluded that that fact did not result in a miscarriage of justice.
Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde seems apathetic about the Pirate Bay being taken down by Swedish police yesterday. In fact, he seems to be pretty happy about it. Sunde distanced himself from the site a long time ago, but when pressed for comment he happily shared his feelings on the current plight of the file-sharing site.
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has managed to fend off an attempt by the U.S. government to put him back in jail in his home country of New Zealand for allegedly violating the terms of his bail.
Last week, New Zealand authorities, working on behalf of American prosecutors, claimed that the Megaupload founder had "breached bail conditions by having indirect contact with one of his accused; that he is a flight risk because he has the money to skip the country; and that he has been dishonest about his finances by trying to sell a NZ$500,000 Rolls Royce in London."
Nintendo has pulled an obscure 3DS game from its eShop after learning that it contained an exploit that potentially could be used to run unsigned code. Last week a hacker who focuses on Nintendo systems (who goes by the name Smealum) revealed an exploit he calls "NINJHAX," which lets players hack into the 3DS. This is done using a game developed AQ Interactive and published in the west by Ubisoft called Cubic Ninja - which was until recently available on the 3DS eShop.
Another co-founder of Swedish file-sharing site The Pirate Bay has been arrested. Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij, known by his hacker name TiAMO, was detained in the north-eastern town of Nong Khai while trying to cross into Thailand from Laos, according to what local police tell BBC.
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has to share his personal financial information with Hollywood, according to a ruling by the New Zealand High Court. While Hollywood (or rather, those in Hollywood suing him) will be given access to his financial information, the public will not be provided with this information.
How can you buy a console game that is brand new for a little over $1? Well it could be some crazy sale to offload some inventory, or it could be the company selling these allegedly new games is engaging in piracy - or at the bare minimum allowing a third-party reseller to do so while it looks the other way. That's the case over at Kaymu.PK, an online store owned by Rocket Internet, an international Internet service provider in over 31 countries.
The Sims 4 developer Maxis has put a special "feature" into the game for those who decide to pirate it, according to this Player Attack report (as reported on by Blue's News). Maxis decided to avoid using a DRM scheme for the game, instead opting to utilize the pixels that are normally used to censor nudity in a very creative way.
This week the White House nominated an entertainment industry lawyer to be the new "piracy czar." The job's main function is to coordinate intellectual property enforcement efforts at various federal-level government agencies. The new czar will be Danny Marti, who replaces Victoria Espinel; she left last year to take the reins of lobbying group, The Software Alliance, or the BSA.
SMAIS, the Icelandic branch of the Motion Picture Association, has filed for bankruptcy. According to TorrentFreak, the anti-piracy organization was forced to file for bankruptcy after its board of directors revealed that it had suffered from mismanagement and embezzlement.
Yesterday, we wrote about a report provided by Movoto that claims to show the most pirated movies, tv shows and games from each state. This report showed some interesting results such as Watch Dogs being the most pirated game in the U.S.
What are the most pirated games state-by-state? According to data collected by Movoto (as detailed by GamesBeat), the most popular game to download illegally from filesharing sites in the United States is Ubisoft's Watch Dogs. By state, Watch Dogs was downloaded the most in Washington, California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and a host of other states. It is by far the most pirated game in many regions in the country.
Developer Other Ocean and trade group the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) have launched a mobile title today called "Save The Game" at the Crime Museum in Washington D.C.
The game focuses on the thorny issue of software piracy and the ways in which the ESA and game developers claim it damages "the livelihoods of independent software developers." After its run at the Crime Museum, the game will be made freely available to the public on Windows RT, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android devices.
The City of London's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has begun replacing advertising on sites deemed to be "copyright infringing websites" with official warnings from the government informing visitors that the site is under criminal investigation, according to this Wired UK report. The sites receiving these warnings that replace their ads have been designated by the government as "hosting copyright-infringing content" and reported to the agency by rights holders.
A leaked document from the Australian government reveals discussion points on implementing a potential online piracy crackdown. Among them, changing the law to bypass a 2012 court ruling by an Australian court that protected ISP iiNet from suffering for the infringements of its users, and new legislation to allow for ISP-level blocking of alleged 'pirate' sites.
Much of this is coming from Attorney-General George Brandis, but he faces the usual accusations about a lack of transparency during the preliminary phase of discussions by digital rights groups.
UK households that repeatedly pirate music, movies, and other copyrighted material online will receive warning letters beginning in 2015. Beyond that, the new informational initiative to educate the UK populace on the ills of piracy and where to find legal sources for content seems to have no punitive component attached to it.
Gameloft held a contest to let winners have early access to an iOS, Windows 8, and Android shooter called Modern Combat 5, but the company claims that some individual(s) took advantage of that good will, cracked the game, and released it to various dark corners of the internet to be pirated.
To say that Modern Combat's development team is not pleased with the situation is probably an understatement...
TorrentFreak reports that a Spanish court has overturned a lower court ruling that saw rights holders successfully block several file-sharing sites that they claim engaged in illegal file uploading and downloading.
According to this TorrentFreak story, the PC version of Wolfenstein: The New Order is so large that some people pirating the game on torrents have opted instead to buy it on Steam. While the information is anecdotal, it could help explain - in part - how the newest action game from Bethesda managed to unseat DayZ from the Steam top-selling games charts for the week of May 18-24.
Lawyers for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom are taking their appeal of a decision on the 2012 raid of his mansion that led to the file-sharing site owner's property being seized. Yesterday the Supreme Court gave Dotcom permission to appeal a February Court of Appeal ruling that overturned an earlier High Court decision that the 2012 raid was unlawful. At the center of the raid is whether the warrants used to launch the operation were legal.
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has launched The Internet Party in New Zealand. Dotcom, whose file-sharing site was shut down in 2012 by U.S. and New Zealand authorities, formed the political party to promote "freedom of the internet and technology, for privacy and political reform."
Dotcom is currently fighting extradition to the U.S. over charges of copyright infringement on a "massive scale." While a date for that to happen has not been announced, many expect that Dotcom will have his day in U.S. courts sometime this summer.