Serious Sam 3 – BFE: A New Take On DRM
Pirating a game is quite common, especially with free torrent downloads. But do this with Croteam’s latest spectacular monster-killing thriller game on the PC platform, and you have some really serious ass-kicking problem to contend with. Among serious video gamers who plunk serious dollars for a serious game like Serious Sam 3, this strategy is just brilliantly serious.
Rather than use any of those increasingly complex anti-piracy technologies employed in just about all copyright-conscious games, Croteam has developed an interesting solution to beat the hell out of Serious Sam 3 pirates and the players who patronize them. You end up kicking the pirated game and start getting the legit version. That’s because once the game’s digital rights management algorithm detects some foul actions, like attempting to pirate it, the game generates a vicious, scorpion beast that chases you down the streets and alleys endlessly to beat you senseless in any of its game levels. You get pursued one after another after you thought you had killed it. It’s inescapable and your gaming fun ends. Instead of annihilating a horde of different monsters, your hands get tied up with just one. Most likely, you won’t even want to proceed to finish the game, much less proceed to the next level.
As visceral as the game may be, which many consider as dumb fun, this is certainly not good when engaging in your sadochistic delight. Just imagine starting out a new game you thought cost you just a fraction of the legit only to realize you can’t get the promised fun out of it. This is certainly no senseless always-online DRM. We believe this novel anti-piracy measure should be adapted as the way to go to discourage piracy. At least in video games.