Square Enix Sends Ring of Fates Pirates a Thank You Card
What better way to say, "hey", than with moogles?
As is usually the case for popular games, bootleg copies of Square Enix's latest portable Final Fantasy adventure were made available on various torrent sites less than a day after its retail release.
Regular forum browsers quickly discovered, however, that these bootleg copies weren't quite working the way pirates had hoped. Amidst all the flames and moral/legal debates, it was the actual cause of all the pirate angst and misery that proved to be most interesting. Instead of locking them out from the start, the developers implemented a time-release mechanism that ends the game about 20 minutes into a play session with a "Thank you for playing" screen. This effectively destroys a pirate's ability to progress in the game but still allows them to get a taste of what it's like -- a sort of free demo, if you will.
This is definitely a welcome trend when it comes to piracy protection. Especially after all the scandals we've run into with publishers damaging hardware, limiting access, installing rootkit software and generally doing a lot of shady, underhanded crap in the name of keeping pirates at bay. Instead of punishing the consumer this time, Square Enix has given downloaders a cheeky "gotcha" card with an invitation to buy the game legitimately.
Other publishers take note: Don't punish us for buying the game. Work on giving everybody else a good reason to do so.