Garry's Mod developer exposes pirates with fake error

By Matthew ยท 39 replies
Apr 13, 2011
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  1. If you're among the many Garry's Mod users experiencing the startup error "Unable to shade polygon normals," you should probably keep that information to yourself. According to GMod creator Garry Newman, he introduced the error this week and it's designed to only appear on illegal copies of the game as a means of flushing out pirates.

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  2. krayzie

    krayzie TS Rookie Posts: 62

    Well played sir!
  3. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 603   +64

    Awesome job!
  4. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    Epicness, now can you make something to lower PC games prices? im getting sick of eating cups of noodles :)
  5. Cueto_99

    Cueto_99 TS Booster Posts: 248   +12

    Awesome... Did you saw that Ubisoft... That's how you treat with pirates... Not with a prohibited and SecuRom... Watch & Learn...
  6. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    Whoever thought of this is a ****ing genius. I agree with Cueto, SecuRom is a terrible way of dealing with piracy.
  7. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    I like this... a lot
  8. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Wow, so many angry people on his Twitter feed, LOL.

    How can you call a guy a **** for catching you pirating his game?
  9. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    Nice job!

    I'm sure there are higher paying jobs out there for you. ;)
  10. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,070   +427

    Wouldn't be surprised if this guy gets a job offer in the near future...

    I think that this is a creative way to deal with it, but they really need to come up with a bunch of little tricks like this to get all the pirates. As soon as one is discovered, most of the pirates won't post about the "error". There really needs to be a bunch of things that happen, maybe like defaulting all graphics settings to low and putting the game in 8 bit color?
  11. wujj123456

    wujj123456 TS Enthusiast Posts: 35   +11

    That's epic. Valve guys are so humorous.
  12. Hahaha, that is awesome. This is how Anti Piracy measures should work, exposing the pirates without hurting the actual paying customers.

    Only other similar approach I have seen/read about was Batman Arkham Asylum's "bug", you couldn't glide with a pirated copy so you would fall to your death when you jumped from a high place. Making it impossible to make it to the destination to fulfill the games objective.
  13. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,869   +2,037

    This is funny but hasn't this kind of thing been done many times before in the past?

    If I recall ages ago if you pirated "Red Alert 2" all your units would blow up within a few minutes or something like that... Still all great ways of tackling piracy as it only annoys the pirates.
  14. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    lol why would someone ask for advice about a pirated game on the steam forum
  15. herpaderp

    herpaderp TS Booster Posts: 154

    Are you serious?
  16. mrtraver

    mrtraver TS Guru Posts: 382   +87

    Love it!
  17. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TS Guru Posts: 379   +6

    Nice hahahaha. A bit cruel, the guys have been blindsided but nice never the less. Oh well. Its not that expensive anyway, just drop like what? 2-3 cans of beer and you're all set lol
  18. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    *Troll face*.
  19. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    Nice. Goes to show you that using pirated software could potentially bite back. Who knows what else has been engineered in the code...
  20. bugejakurt

    bugejakurt TS Booster Posts: 158   +15

    "If we leave it easy for people to pirate we're betraying the people that paid"

    Thumbs UP!
  21. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    How could they have this pirated on steam? For me its odd... you could have it "pirate" but as "aplication outside steam", thats the whole deal of steam isn't it??
  22. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    I agree with Nima304's genius part. And the SecuROM part as well. This way of flushing out pirates should be more widely used, haha.
  23. doradhorror

    doradhorror TS Rookie Posts: 36

    Anybody retarded enough to fall for this deserves to be banned.
  24. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    Awesomeness!!! anti-pirating without screwing over legit buyers!!! woot!!!!!!
  25. For PC games, anti pirate code should be:

    if (pirate) {
    string shd = detect system hard drive;
    format shd;


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