Talos Principle Punishes Pirates

NeoGAF has word on a post that has since been deleted from the Steam forums for The Talos Principle, indicating the game has an interesting approach to piracy. According to the report, players using illegal copies of Croteam's first-person puzzle game will end up stuck in an elevator forever, which is not Croteam's first such effort at messing with stolen copies of their games. There's apparently even a QR code on the elevator wall with a hint about what's going on, but no word if they are sadistic enough to include Muzak. Thanks PCGamesN.
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Dec 29, 2014, 12:25
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There is always the question of whether players with legitimate copies are seeing the bug but there isn't any way to verify how many.
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Overon wrote on Dec 29, 2014, 09:33:
The game has to detect that are you are using some pirated software. Why wouldn't people who bypass copy protection bypass this too?

In order to bypass it you have to know it exists. It's easy to know that there is DRM when a game refuses to run, but introduce subtle things like this and the odds are that the people trying to remove the DRM will miss it. If you can introduce enough subtle little checks like this then you've managed to protect your game for just a bit longer.
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Dec 29, 2014, 10:24
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InBlack wrote on Dec 29, 2014, 09:40:
Overon wrote on Dec 29, 2014, 09:33:
The game has to detect that are you are using some pirated software. Why wouldn't people who bypass copy protection bypass this too?

They are well aware that it will get cracked at some point. Still, its not a bad way to implement DRM. It gives them some more publicity and shows that they have a sense of humour to go along with it.
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Overon wrote on Dec 29, 2014, 09:33:
The game has to detect that are you are using some pirated software. Why wouldn't people who bypass copy protection bypass this too?

They are well aware that it will get cracked at some point. Still, its not a bad way to implement DRM. It gives them some more publicity and shows that they have a sense of humour to go along with it.
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Overon wrote on Dec 29, 2014, 09:33:
The game has to detect that are you are using some pirated software. Why wouldn't people who bypass copy protection bypass this too?

It's the usual back and forth that we've seen before, I'm sure. My favorite is still Batman's cape fucking up in Arkham Asylum (and the posts it generated from players).

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The game has to detect that are you are using some pirated software. Why wouldn't people who bypass copy protection bypass this too?
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