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Syndicate Solicits Pirates

New Scientist has details on an interesting overture to software pirates in Syndicate that was found in Starbreeze's newly released first-person shooter by reddit's MikkelManDK. Apparently legit copies of the game include an .nfo file that would normally be found in a cracked copy with two simple instructions: "1) Insert disc 2) Play ;)". This apparently also offers pirates the chance to apply for jobs and asks them to consider the years spent by hundreds of people making the game before stealing it.

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65. Re: Syndicate Solicits Pirates Feb 27, 2012, 09:09 eRe4s3r
Well, story only was brought up because in the Syndicate remake the story goes into the anti-syndicate direction. Where as previous Syndicates all had "your syndicate vs them" story. There was no reason to divert, exploring your own Syndicate (the size of several nations) could have gained them huge depth but Star-Breeze obviously did not even try to put some depth into the whole thing, we hear of Syndicates but it feels like we never really fight a unique syndicate.

Heck, in DX HR Tai Yong Medical is displayed as a true super corporation/near syndicate and even in that fleeting encounter is more fleshed out a corporation than the whole syndicate game series combined.

And yeah, setting and society direction are near identical, its just that DX HR fleshed the whole thing out properly and had the whole Trans-human and machine-vs-biology angle going on as well.

In Syndicate the 2012 game, they even forgo the cybernetic angle completely, and instead focus on the chips, which is downright stupid. Even the original syndicate was about cybernetic augmentations primarily alá ghost in the shell, full cyborgs, brain cases, etc.

DX HR didn't go that far because a brain-case would be fairly unrealistic by 2027.

So much potential wasted by Staar Breeze.. how sad. This could have been the 2nd DX HR - instead.. they failed at even making good basic shooter.
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