Garry Newman, of Garry's Mod, has revealed that he's introduced a deliberate error into the latest version of his game with the intention of identifying pirates.
The update causes a 'Unable to shade polygon normals' error in pirated versions of the game.
'Just enabled this error in GMod today. It happens when you pirated it. Having fun watching people complain.
' Garry said on Twitter
As well as damaging the game experience for pirates, the error also includes the user's SteamID within in - meaning that pirates can be identified when they paste the error online while looking for help. This means their Steam accounts can then be banned. (UPDATE:
Garry has since confirmed to Bit-Gamer that accounts are not being banned, as was originally reported.)
A quick scan of the official Garry's Mod forums
reveals pirates who have even headed back to Garry for help fixing the error.
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