The Sims 4's anti-piracy systems take pixelation to the extreme

By Scorpus
Sep 5, 2014
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  1. If you decided to grab a copy of EA's recently-released simulation game, The Sims 4, without paying for it, you might run in to a few issues playing it. Player Attack reports that some pirates have found themselves battling against the...

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  2. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,408   +463

    Go crackers!

    Although I don't approve hacking or cracking through the efforts of others I hate EA games with all my guts. Specially when they started their Origin platform.
    Darth Shiv likes this.
  3. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,212   +174

    "...once again cracking teams have showed that most methods of DRM simply aren't very effective or long-lasting."

    Isn't that always the case? And a select few legitimate copies are suffering this problem with no fix in the future? I hate to say it, but it seems as though they should have pirated the game too. When legitimate customers are treated as pirates, your unable to enjoy the game that you've purchased a license to, that's when DRM is going to far.
  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,550   +594

    Bottom line, it's the stealing that drives the DRM. No stealing, no DRM. Blame the thieves, not the company trying to protect it's product from theft.
    BabyFaceLee and SantistaUSA like this.
  5. Do you hate Valve too since they started with their Steam platform?
    Peter Farkas likes this.
  6. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 814   +382

    "If you decided to grab a copy of EA's..."

    Not a problem for me as I'm NEVER using Origin :)
    Adhmuz likes this.
  7. SirGCal

    SirGCal TS Maniac Posts: 365   +136


    Plus, to those legit people having the same issue which I fully believe; It is an EA game. Don't expect them to ever give a crap, let alone fix it. They refuse to fix/acknowledge/address so many bugs in so many games...
    Adhmuz likes this.
  8. loading

    loading TS Enthusiast Posts: 63   +13

    It's a perpetual cycle. People won't pirate if there isn't invasive DRM. Developers continue to use DRM to prevent piracy. The cycle continues ad infinitum.

    In the end, they only piss off loyal customers such as the case here. And until EA (and others) get their head out of their asses with DRM "always-online single player" people will continue to pirate.
  9. Gabe Newell thinks otherwise.
    Darkshadoe likes this.
  10. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 806   +270

    Not a big problem since not many people are going to download their stupid game. Heard it's bad.
    robb213 likes this.
  11. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,335   +1,937

    This would be a funny article if it wasn't peppered with the 'EA' word.
  12. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,157   +195

    lol. are the sims 4 pirates the same as the batman game pirates who complained in the official game forum a few years ago?
  13. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,803   +483

    After what they did to simcity, BF and so many other games (even the new Sims 4) there is only one thing I can say: **** EA!
  14. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,408   +463

    Steam has been there for as long as I recall and I don't hate them, since they have great discounts and a huge library of games of multiple developers.
  15. Deanster

    Deanster TS Rookie

    This was easy to circumvent simply by renaming a file, nice try though Maxis or should I say EA.
  16. turismozilla

    turismozilla TS Enthusiast Posts: 55   +10

    [A select few people are also reporting that the issue is occurring with their legitimate copies of the game, but with EA not planning to change the system, they're probably out of luck.]

    There's my motivation to not buy it. DRM just makes legitimacy the way to go.
  17. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,617   +494

    Valve did it first, and right, and has been consistently improving their own product. EA released Origin way too late in the game and tries to force people to use it by making their games only available on Origin, a far inferior platform in many ways. A product I refuse to install due to how terrible it is, many people share this sentiment, and have since stopped playing EA games. However it's easier to blame piracy for all video game related shortcomings. It's become as over used as "My Dog ate my Homework" or "I was stuck in traffic" All developers are facing the same problems, why do some not complain about piracy nearly as much as EA seems to? Maybe it's due to an inferior platform and buggy, unfinished games that after release are left for dead, or just down right stink and people are tired of wasting their hard earned money on them.
  18. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    I'm not a fan of Sims, but if I was, this news would act as a deterrent. I would fear my purchase would degrade at any time.
    Darth Shiv likes this.
  19. Tell me again how Valve doesn't force you to use Steam to play Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Portal, Left 4 Dead, Dota 2, or any other game Valve has made? Also Steam has no refunds, something they are currently in a lawsuit over in Australia. Origin offers full refunds on games within 24 hours of first launch or within 7 days if the game has not been launched. Maybe if you'd actually used Origin for more than your initial instance you would know what it's actually like today and not how it was 3 years ago.
  20. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +112

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  21. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 726   +224

    While legitimate customers who are experiencing this, can bend over and whistle Dixie because EA couldn't care less about them. After all, EA has their money already.
    When will people learn. Never buy EA. It won't end well for you.
  22. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,601   +369

    That's what you want to think. The effect is actually very different. The *ONLY* people who get hurt by DRM are the people who pay for the product. As we can see, the pirates have already fixed the issue in the pirated version of the game. So who exactly is being inconvenienced by the DRM?
  23. His point was not whether or not DRM works. His point is that if people didn't steal games then there wouldn't be such ridiculous DRM schemes in the first place. And don't reply back with a semanticist "piracy isn't stealing because it's a copy not an original" crap. When you pirate a game you're obtaining a for-money product without paying, bottom line.
  24. Red87

    Red87 TS Rookie Posts: 23

    People like to crap all over Origin, but it actually is decent software and they do often do pretty decent deals, just like Steam. I'm not a fan of EA either as they do often have questionable business practices but I've really had no issues using Origin or getting support when I've needed to.
    RH00D likes this.
  25. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,601   +369

    Wasn't getting into the debate about copying vs stealing. All I'm saying is the DRM is ironically an impediment to *buying* a game. Why would I buy a game that is dependent on a draconian DRM measure that might lock me out of a game I friggin paid for??? That is ludicrous.

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