Although great and fun video games are released all the time, new games are very expensive. Many people cannot afford every new release, so some resort to hacking to play cheaply.
But even with older games, piracy remains unsafe. Regardless of ethical considerations, there are a lot of risks to playing pirated games. Here are 5 risks of downloading pirated games that you should know.
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1. Most of the pirated games contain malware
It is no secret that piracy of any software is dangerous. When you download from a reputable source, you can reasonably trust that the file you are downloading is what the distributor claims. Because legitimate game stores will run into a lot of trouble if they share games that contain malware.
But this trust disappears when downloading public torrent files. How do you know that someone didn’t change a file before you uploaded it? As one of the reports from Kaspersky about a player getting infected with ransomware while trying to download a cracked game, it should come as a warning.
Even if you have backups of your files, are the hours you spend restoring your system really worth the game’s $60 (or less) price tag?
As reported by The Register, a large number of people who hijacked the first Watch Dogs after launch have been treated with bitcoin mining malware. It wastes their system resources to make money for malware authors.
Of course, not every cracked game download will contain malware. But think about it: people who want to mess with other people’s computers to make money or even just have fun have their goals wide open when new games come out. Impatient players will jump to the first crack of the new game available, which can be a costly mistake.
2. Online game privileges can be lost
Playing pirated games is a crime that can lead to a ban from Xbox Live or PlayStation Network, especially on consoles. In 2009, CNET reports, Microsoft banned nearly a million gamers on Xbox Live for modifying their Xbox 360 consoles and playing pirated games.
Microsoft Xbox Live Community Standards Page It came as follows:
“Accessing or using content inappropriately can contribute to fraud and spoil a great experience for other players, undermining the magic of Xbox Live…
Play pirated games
Play the game before the release date
Share your profile with others
Try to access an account you don’t have
Using someone’s intellectual property in an unauthorized manner”
If you violate these rules, Microsoft clearly states the consequences:
If you violate the Xbox Community Standards, you may find restrictions on your profile and/or device….
We may permanently suspend a profile or device if we are no longer able to trust it due to a serious breach, or if our efforts to correct repeated negative behavior fail. Under permanent suspension, the owner of the suspended profile loses all licenses for games and other content, Gold membership time, and Microsoft account balance. “
In short, game hacking is against the rules of conduct and you can accept restrictions on your account, even permanent suspension. If this happens, you will lose access to any games you purchased digitally, as well as your Xbox Live Gold subscription.
A lot of money will be wasted trying to save a few dollars by hacking the game.
3. Illegal pirate games
Just like downloading music and movies illegally, stealing video games through piracy is a crime in Indonesia. Punishments can range from paying a fine to the copyright holder to serving time in prison.
Of course, many people pirate software and video games, which makes it impossible for the authorities to catch them all. You probably won’t spend half a decade in prison for downloading illegal game copies.
However, you still make mistakes. And since your ISP and government basically keep track of everything you do online, it shouldn’t be hard to prove that you were a hacker.
4. The game may not work
Many game developers are not waiting for the government to stop piracy, they are taking matters into their own hands. Some use digital rights management (DRM) systems that prevent illegal copying. But others get more creative through in-game copyright procedures.
One of the most famous copyright protections is the 1994 game EarthBound, an RPG on the SNES. If the game detects that you are using an unauthorized copy, an anti-piracy message will appear and significantly increase the number of enemies in the game. This made him miserable to play with, but the final penalty kick came late in the game. During the final boss, the game freezes and deletes all your saved data.
Recently, developers have come up with innovative ways to mess with the hijacker. Game Crysis replaces the game player’s bloated bullets with chicken so that he can’t defeat the enemy. In Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman’s sliding motion moves him to the ground so he can’t get past the introductory part of the game. The Talos principle locks up a pirate in an elevator after a few hours of gameplay.
With this example, it is clear that pirated video games may not give you a usable product. And you’re hurting developers who depend on game sales for a living, especially independent development teams.
5. Get more than what you offer
This is a risk similar to the first point, but it is still a problem. As you explore the world of game piracy, you open yourself up to the possibility of inappropriate content. Aside from outright malware, browsing hijacker websites and looking for hacked game copies can expose you to porn or other NSFW content.
You can display an explicit popup or install something bad by accidentally clicking on the wrong download button.
After all, you already know that a person who illegally violates copyright protection and distributes video games has a questionable moral compass. What would stop someone like that from switching your desired game with a disgusting video or something similar?
When you dive into the Wild West to access games illegally, you open yourself up to anything and everything in this part of the web. You might not have any serious issues, but don’t be surprised if your game comes up with more than you expected.
People often deal with hacking casually, but the real dangers of this show that it is a serious problem. Fortunately, there’s good news: You don’t have to kidnap anymore.
Streaming services and app subscriptions have turned what were once pricey endeavors into affordable monthly installments. This also applies to games. Services like PlayStation Now and Xbox Game Pass allow you to play as many games as you want for a set price per month.
Even without it, regular sales mean you can get premium titles for cheap if you’re patient. There is a legal way to get high quality games for free, you just need to know where to look. Don’t risk your safety to get some cash and the excitement of playing new games right away.
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