Pirating the Sims 4 is a bad idea unless you really like pixel censorship
Posted: 04.09.2014 11:14 by nickhorth1 Comments: 4
Fair play, Maxis, this is pretty funny. The developer has a special surprise in store for players who've downloaded The Sims 4 illegally.

If you've played any game in the series before, you'll know that sending your Sims off to the toilet or shower causes a pixel censor effect to hover around their naked arse - in pirated copies of the game this pixel effect grows and grows until the whole game is permanently censored.

Amusingly, irate pirates have been flooding onto the Sims 4 forums, demanding to know why their ill-gotten game now looks like a pixel snowstorm. At which point everyone knows they've got an illegal copy. Oops.

The Sims 4 is expected to suffer particularly heavy piracy due to the fanbase's displeasure at several omissions from the game, specifically the distinct lack of both toddlers and swimming pools, and a post-release embargo on reviews (a legitimate concern, in my book). Now personally I can't stand either toddlers or swimming pools - both stink and are often full of urine - but even if you're super disappointed in the lack of them, pirating a game is not really on.

Which is why it's hard not to chuckle at inventive counter-measures like this. Anyone remember the anti-piracy scorpion from Serious Sam 3?

Related games: The Sims 4 (PC)


By nocutius (SI Elite) on Sep 04, 2014
"...toddlers or swimming pools - both stink and are often full of urine..."

Haha :).
By YesITWorks (I just got here) on Sep 04, 2014
By Ryltair (SI Newbie) on Sep 06, 2014
That's a pretty cool feature. Although the moment I heard about the review embargo, I just wondered how terrible the game would be that the publisher doesn't feel confident about it.
By Hammerjinx (SI Core) on Sep 07, 2014
The idea of a review embargo is, ostensibly, to give all publications the time to craft a well thought out review without worrying about being "first". Sadly it's also often used to make sales before people can find out it's shit.

Either way tho; I'm not buying *any* game without seeing some press, and in the case of the Sims prolly not until there's a bucket of expacks and a price drop and a 75% off sale.