Game Dev Tycoon gives pirates a taste of their own medicine.

Game Dev Tycoonutterly, utterly addictive.

Game Dev Tycoon gives pirates a taste of their own medicine.

I love this – both the game and “joke”.

There’s a new game called “Game Dev Tycoon”. It’s a simple game where you have to research and develop games, then sell them – growing from a garage company and sole-coder to a massive multinational like EA (eugh).

The coders deliberately released a version onto torrent sites before they officially released the game. The code on the torrents has a special part to it, when your company gets a hit, then the game is pirated and you don’t make any money from it. So if you have downloaded an illegal version of the game, you can’t beat it because of people downloading your games illegally. It’s genius, I love it.

Apparently after release, out of about 3,318 people playing the game, over 3,104 were playing the illegal version. There are even lots of really upset people going “why are my games always pirated and I can’t make any money?”

The developers are spot on though. One of the main “supports” for pirating games is “games are expensive and produced by huge multi-nationals just churning out the same old turds”. This is produced by a two man outfit and is about six quid – plus there’s a demo version. There’s absolutely no justification in somebody downloading an illegal version of it.

Here’s Greenheart Games’ blog post about it:

I downloaded the demo and it’s good fun. It’s very simple stuff, like Civilisation only without the maps.  It’s all about research and stuff, but it’s very clever and damn addictive (I played through the demo twice, about an hour and a half each time – I’ll be buying it today). Well worth a poorly cephalopod.

I’ve now bought the full game and lost about eight hours to it in the blink of an eye. It’s such a simple game, but with just enough depth and complexity to be utterly, utterly addictive. It’s great for anybody who thinks that running a game studio must be a doddle, or anyone who thinks that they could easily run a business. It’s great for anyone who likes a strategy/business simulation game with oodles of “one more go” factor. It’s also very cheap and very available. Even if they hadn’t been so damn clever with the anti-piracy thing, it’s still a game that deserves a lot of attention.

Demo and purchase here:

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