The pirated PC version of Batman: Arkham Asylum contains some deliberate glitches to help foil pirates.
The PC version of Batman: Arkham Asylum
isn't out yet, but there are already plenty of pirated versions doing the rounds on the internet - there always are. Before you pick one up though, you should bear in mind that the pirated versions of the game contain some deliberate glitches that make the game uncompletable.
Reports of the pirate-defeating glitch surfaced on the official Eidos forums
), with one user posting about a particular problem he was having in the game and which he believed to be a bug.
"I've got a problem when it's time to use Batman's glide in the game,
" said user Cheshirec_The_Cat, whose appalling spelling we felt we needed to clean up. "When I hold [the button], like it says, to jump from one platform to another, Batman tries to open his wings again and again instead of gliding. So he falls down in the poison gas. Can somebody could tell me, what I should do there?
Of course, suspicions were immediately aroused - the PC version of the game isn't out yet, after all. Eidos were quick to hone in on him, revealing that it was a deliberate glitch built into the game as an anti-piracy measure.
"The problem you have encountered is a hook in the copy protection, to catch out people who try and download cracked versions of the game for free,
said the Eidos admin.
"It's not a bug in the game's code, it's a bug in your moral code.
Of course, we know that all of bit-tech
readers are nice people who like to reward developers who do their jobs well and make good games. You wouldn't ever pirate a game, would you? Let us know in the forums