Garry’s Mod Creator Has Fun with Pirates
It is always nice to see developers use creative means to catch pirates in the act, rather than using some form of obstructive DRM that happers access to the game you have purchased. The Godfather did it years ago, where you could not exit a car once you had entered it if you were using a pirated version of the game. Batman: Arkham Asylum publisher Eidos actually caught pirates posting for support in their forums, wanting to know why they could not use the glide function to stay out of the poison gas at the beginning of the game. Garry Newman, creator of the very popular Garry’s Mod on Steam has decided to add some creativity of his own in regards to sniffing out pirates who have downloaded his game rather than pay the $10 price tag for the program on Steam.
Garry added a new error message that only pops up on pirated versions of the game, and it produces an error log that just happens to capture the user’s SteamID. Of course, emboldened pirates have gone to the Internet posting these logs, complete with their SteamID, which Garry is more than happy to turn over to Steam, which will result in a permaban for that Steam account, including all the other games that might be attached to it.
I love this approach, as it is really sad that someone would pirate a $10 game, rather than pay the small price tag. I mean the game has gone on sale on Steam several times for $2.50 (which is when I picked it up), so I have a hard time sympathizing with someone that feels they are being robbed by Garry Newman. Pirates – you decided to use the program illegally, so shame on you. Pay the freaking $10 already!$10, creative thinking, error log, fun with pirates, garry's mod, permaban, pirates, steam, steam id, theft