Game Dev Tycoon hits pirates with piracy

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Game Dev Tycoon is a brand new sim and management game that allows you to build and manage your own virtual game development studio; developing virtual games and releasing them to a virtual market. Developer Greenheart Games released the game this week, but did something interesting as well; released a cracked version of its own game to the internet…with a little catch.

Those who’ve been playing the cracked and pirated version of the game have been finding that after a few hours of play, their virtual game development studio starts bleeding virtual money – to virtual piracy.

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In that version of the game, the harder they work, the more their new faux games get pirated, until eventually they’re faced with bankruptcy. Best of all is the delicious irony to be found in the game’s support forums and on Steam.

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Hahaha.” …can I research DRM or something…” Here’s another gem:

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“Why are there so many people that pirate? It ruins me!” All that because they pirated an $8 game. It’s a brilliant move by the developers and you have to appreciate the irony.

The biggest bit of irony though? Game Dev Tycoon is itself a blatant rip-off of Kairosoft’s excellent Game Dev Story, which is available for iOS and Android. 

Last Updated: April 30, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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