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The joke’s on you, game pirates.
The Sims 4 is the newest edition of the popular life simulation franchise, and everyone is dying to play it—even people who are less than willing to pony the $60 to play it.
Maxis, the development team behind The Sims, seemed to know that a few frugal individuals would try illegally download the game rather than buy it. So, the company added a funny bug that makes your pirated Sims 4 experience a little blurry.
In The Sims, whenever your character disrobes, a mosaic pixel effect covers up their private parts. In the pirated version, those pixels start to grow and grow until it fills the entire screen.
This isn’t the first time a game developer has deliberately glitched up pirated games. One funny example is being unable to glide in Batman: Arkham Asylum. A forum poster was complaining about being unable to glide on his PC version of the game. The developer literally could not have responded better:
“The problem you have encountered is a hook in the copy protection, to catch out people who try and download cracked versions of the game for free.
It’s not a bug in the game’s code, it’s a bug in your moral code.”
Mirror’s Edge also did it right by having the player slow down before a big jump. That one may be a bit sadistic.
Either way kids, don’t pirate games.
H/T StrategyInformer | Image via The Sims 4
Imad Khan is a gaming and esports reporter. His work has been featured on Digital Trends and ESPN.