Rocksteady doesn't like pirates

I'm not sure there are many more accolades that can be heaped upon Batman: Arkham Asylum, so this isn't that kind of post. What this post is however is a message to those of you that may have pirated the PC version of the game. See, the PC version isn't due until September 14, which is next week. Some folks have hit the torrents and are joining those console owners happily playing the game. But they're running into a problem: they can't glide. Over at the Eidos forums, Cheshirec_the_cat (the offending pirate) posted the following message. Hi! I’ve got a problem when it’s time to use Batman’s glide in the game. When I hold Space, like it’s said to jump from one platform to another, Batman tries to open his wings again and again instead of gliding. So he fels down in a poisoning gas. If somebody could tel me, what should I do there. Maybe his space bar doesn't work? Possibly. But not the answer. A followup posting by Keir at Eidos reveals the answer is that's intentional. 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. See, Eidos intentionally made it so that you can't glide if you have a cracked version of the game. If you've played the game (or are aware of Batman at all) you know that gliding is a pretty crucial aspect of the game. The thing that gets me though is that Cheshirec_the_cat joins the Eidos forum IN September asking for help with a cracked copy of the game. The game that isn't even out yet on PC. I could understand if he torrented and cracked the game after it came out, but it's not even out yet. I really don't know if there's a better definition of stupidity than that. Regardless, it's safe to say that he won't be gliding anytime soon.


  1. after reading this post i just laughed to myself but that is smart on the part of Rocksteady and pretty dumb on the part of that guy. still the fact that they put that glitch in the code to strickly target cracked versions is interesting

  2. I like that it doesn't so much seem to be a tracking mechanism so that they can try to sue people for obscene amounts of money, but more just an intentional bug as a preventative measure. Always nice to see companies take a fresh approach while avoiding the immediate bad PR that comes from cease and desists and lawsuits (even when justified).


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