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Garry’s Mod catches pirates the fun way

Discussion in 'Games' started by qubit, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. qubit

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    Best not post in that forum then...

    www.gamepron.com/news/2011/04/12/garrys-mod-catches-pirates-the-fun-way/
     
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  2. silkstone

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    i wonder how many false positives this would turn up
     
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    seems very effective :D



    not an issue, steam can cross reference the Error ID code with your account.
     
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    If you’re on a Windows PC and Garry’s Mod is crashing you can now upload your crash dumps to our dump website. It will show you why you crashed (if you can understand it). If it’s my fault I’ll check into it – if it’s an addon’s fault you can alert the creator with a link to the dump.

    • Crash dumps are in the dumps folder which is in your main Steam folder.
    • Garry’s Mod dumps start with “hl2″ and end in “.dmp”.
    • Your uploaded dumps won’t be visible to anyone but me – unless you share the URL
    • Feel free to email me with a link to your dump if you’re concerned.
    • You probably won’t see any useful output unless the crash was from the latest version of Garry’s Mod

    From there website :)
     
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    im not sure what your getting at here?
     
  6. silkstone

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    I find it funny :D

    He's baiting people into submitting their error reports, so he knows who has pirated the game and can report them to steam
     
  7. qubit

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    Yeah, this is underhand. I was considering getting this previously, but now I'm not so sure.

    I wonder how long until a hacker posts a workaround?

    Creators should worry less about fighting so-called "pirates" and more on giving people a reason to buy in the first place by adding value. As Gabe Newell, head of Valve said a while back, "Pirates are underserved customers".

    Right on.
     
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    i'm surprised it was declared. nice effort though, whilst it lasts.
     
  9. silkstone

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    Well, if you are stupid enough to pirate a game and post about it not working without even using google, then u deserve everything you get imo....
    Still underhanded tho, if anyone picks any holes in this (i.e. it gets people who haven't pirated the game) then that'd cause problems.
     
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    I'm pretty sure there will be false positives. I'd be really pissed if I'd bought it and I got banned due to this underhand tactic. It's really putting me off buying it - and it was so cheap that I was considering it, even though I'm not sure how much I'd really use it.

    It's a physics sandbox, not really a game as such.
     
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    Maybe those who have 2 accounts and not that game linked to that account ?.

    Sounds like so but...
     
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    theoretically, could you post a dmp and get someones account banned if you knew their steam ID, by faking an error dump? i can imagine trolls jumping all over that.
     
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    Yup, false positives... :rolleyes:
     
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    woo, proxy servers and GMail accounts here we come. Internet tears, best tears.






    j/k
     
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    There are two companies I ..would never recommend.. pirating anything affiliated with: Microsoft & Valve lol.
     
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    http://www.tweakguides.com/Piracy_4.html
     
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    I prefer this method over DRM.
     
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    Hmmm... but Garry's Mod already has Steam DRM, so it's on top of it.

    It's better than limited activations, always-on internet securom and the other crap though, I agree.

    @BumbleBee: After reading that article, I have to agree that the drain on tech support for pirated copies though is real and it's unfair. I can't condone that. If you're gonna copy the game, at least have the decency not to bother the company for tech support FFS. :nutkick:
     
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    the thing is - garry's mod is one of the games that DOES give it's legit buyers a lot, for a little.

    some games are overpriced. if crysis 2 did this, i might be inclined to agree. but if notch did this in minecraft, i wouldn't. i bought garry's and never play it - and i see nothing wrong with him baiting pirates. as long as no legit user gets harmed, there is no legit issue.
     
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    Notch actually owes a lot to the people who pirated his game, and also offers a lot to people who buy it.
     
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    yeah but he also made a version freely playable.

    that's why indie devs are different. they are a part of the crowd, not just devs in offices.

    i won't disagree that piracy helped him advertise - but that doesn't make pirates good guys either.
     
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    +1

    i also think that the main companies that moan about piracy are the ones trying to sell me half of a shit game half way through making it, those companies that wish that all we had to go on when choosing a game are the hyped up sparsely connected bits of advertiseing and bought(money or goods changed hands) good game reviews.
    at the end of the day its effin easy to crack piracy for a high proportion of cases, MAKE A GOOD GAME then MAKE A GOOD ONLINE multyplayer experience and make sure that that is the securist mofo in town(v unlike crytek) with serialised shizzle done ill then buy it

    yes some will just play pirated 1player or cracked multy but that is then down to the games devs to sort out not just blame peeps for tryin, hands up all those who drive 1 MPH below speed limts:laugh::laugh: exactly , and many a maybe can be turned into a yeh if they then like 1player(good game idea kicks in)

    garys mod whos he anyway emurgence never heard of it must be shit:D
     
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    Good for Gary. I think its totally funny and more companies should do this.
     
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    Funny and all . . . but I was really sad when Gmod9 stopped working after Valve forced PC versions of HL2/CS:S to Orange Box on the PC.

    It's a cruel way of forcing me to buy GMod10+. Very sad. :cry:
     
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    And its great unti we consider games such as TDU from atardi, that have issues on egit copies.


    I spi ed coffee into my aptop, guess which key isnt working?
     
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