Posted April 15, 2016 by Dian Raval in Columns

Geek Facts — Quantum Break Gives Protagonist an Eyepatch on Pirated Copies

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Back in 2010, Remedy Entertainment’s critically acclaimed Alan Wake was reported to be the second most pirated Xbox 360 game of that year, with over 1.1 million downloads. What’s most interesting is that if the game determines that the player is using a pirated copy, the main character is made to wear an eye-patch throughout the game. Now, the developer continues it’s tradition of passive-aggressively branding pirates with their latest entry, Quantum Break.


This little cosmetic punishment may be falsely triggered when booting the game whilst being disconnected from the windows store. The windows Quantum Break FAQ page had this to say about the said DRM hiccup:

“DRM might’ve accidentally triggered. Reboot the game and eat a lot of vitamin C.”.

Video game piracy may be at an all time low, but it’s effects are still a cause for concern in the gaming industry. In fact, Remedy wasn’t the only developer that ever cracked down om pirates. What they’ve done is quite harmless compared to, say, Serious Sam 3’s DRM trick, where you’re persistently pursued by an unrelenting, invulnerable, pink scorpion creature throughout the entire game. Maybe someday video game piracy will be nothing more than a thing of the past, till then, there will undoubtedly be more of these passive-aggressive jabs aimed at those who choose to live a pirates life, Yarr!

Quantum Break was released on April 5, 2016 exclusively to Microsoft Windows and Xbox One. For more geek facts like this one, keep it locked on Flipgeeks.com!


Dian Raval

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