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Nintendo: "Heyday of piracy" may be over

3DS is "one of our best pieces of equipment ever" for copy-protection

Nintendo's UK bosses have been talking up the copy protection in the impending 3DS handheld, claiming that the piracy troubles of the DS era may be behind it.

The firm's marketing manager James Honeywell told CVG that "There's definitely a step change coming and you see it in various countries around the world.

"People are aware that video games, music and movies make massive contributions to the economies of countries. They need to make sure they start protecting those things. I think perhaps there's been a 'heyday of piracy' and we've now seen a lot of rules come in to stop it."

Added general manager David Yarnton, "We can't divulge any technical details on that but needless to say this is probably one of our best pieces of equipment in that respect.

"There are a lot of things we've learnt over time to try and improve the security and protection - not only of our IP but of our third-party publishers' IP as well."

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Latest comments (21)

Anjel Saez ReviewEditor@GamerGourmet 8 years ago
A nice thought, but I'm inclined to believe pirates look at this more as a sport than as spite. The bigger the claim a product is "pirate-proof" the juicier the claim of beating it.
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Stephen McCarthy Studying Games Technology, Kingston University8 years ago
i give it a week when the 3ds comes out before it hacked.
But i just hoping for somthing that stop the region lock.
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 8 years ago
Surely comments like this are just asking for trouble, aren't they?!
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Stephen McCarthy Studying Games Technology, Kingston University8 years ago
@Terence Gage yep, it only makes people wish to hack it more...
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.8 years ago
Lot of truth in that, Anjel.

I know THQ made a statement a few months back that the anti-piracy measures of the 3DS were incredibly complex and they believe it would significantly reduce piracy on the system. I guess we'll see if that holds true and if it's like ringing a dinner bell for challenge seeking hackers.
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Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor 8 years ago
I'll be interested to see if the autoupdate is able to be bipassed. As far as I'm aware the only thing that will make the 3DS different to the psp is the potential for a viral update system using street pass. I see.regular, covert and unpredictable updates as being the best strategy.
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Peter Bond Studying Art & Design, University of Bedfordshire8 years ago
yeah only time and a few hacks or two will tell! lol
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Leon Green Political lobbyist & Gamers Voice Director 8 years ago
@ Terence, totally this has the ring of words just itching to come back to haunt them.
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Leon Green Political lobbyist & Gamers Voice Director 8 years ago
@ Terence, totally this has the ring of words just itching to come back to haunt them.
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Private Industry 8 years ago
Not so hard for Nintendo to top the protection of previous systems, Nintendo never had the best track record of security protections so far. I give them 3 months before an R4 for the 3DS comes out.
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Haven Tso Web-based Game Reviewer 8 years ago
Why do they even make such comment? The more challenging a console is the faster it got hacked. I just hope that someone will come up with something to unlock the regional lock just like they did with PS2 and DVD players. Sick of regional lock...speaking of which I'm glad they said that because now people will start to look into hacking. Not that I condone piracy but I don't condone corporate arrogance either.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Haven Tso on 26th January 2011 8:19pm

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Naeem Moosajee Studying Game Development and Entrepreneurship, University of Ontario Institute of Technology8 years ago
Give it about 6 months and an Emulator will be out and everyone with a 3D Asus or Alienware will be torrenting and spreading it around on the forums.
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Wesley Williams Quality Assurance 8 years ago
Nothing is unhackable. Maybe it'll be considerably more difficult or maybe there'll be another human error in there that gives someone an easy backdoor. Either way, his words are foolish. It's like a red rag to a bull.
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Aodhan O'Donnell8 years ago
Ha silly corporate man.
But seriously you may as well have just hired some professional hackers. I just hope this won't kill the 3DS like it did for the PSP, at least in software sales. Although the 3DS's casual audience will probably save it.
oh and i give it less than two months before it' entire catalog is available to hackers.
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Nick McCrea Gentleman, Pocket Starship8 years ago
It doesn't have to be unhackable. It only has to be inconvenient enough that most customers prefer to buy legitimately.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 8 years ago
Nintendo UK (Sticks honey-coated arm in box of angry bees after a light spritz of Off! repellent): See, lookit! No bites!"

Yeah, well leave that arm in there for a whole minute, guys.

Memo: Stop teasing the lions with your meat suit, Nintendo - you're only asking for nonsense to rain down on you like, er... rain.

Feh, I got nothin'...
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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 8 years ago
To publicly say piracy is pretty much over for you guys is like putting up an advert saying 'Hack me'.

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Tom Keresztes Programmer 8 years ago
@Haven,

DVD encryption was broken to allow ONE guy to play DVDs on Linux. As they say, road to hell is paved with good intent (pardon my bad english)
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David Spender Lead Programmer 8 years ago
Let's guess:

3DS games are blank cartridges except with an encryption key. Internet access is required. All games stream from a Nintendo server while playing. Or the whole thing is ala OnLive...

I think game companies wet their pants at the possibility of doing this kind of thing. If you buy simply an encryption key to stream a game from a server, you don't actually OWN anything.... its the dream of them only selling you a license. You can't pirate, sell, lend, rent what you don't physically or digitally have in any form.

We can only hope that like the speed vs storage curve of optical/hard/SSD drives, internet streaming will never catch up to the demands of increased resolution and display sizes.
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Tony Johns8 years ago
Trying to stop piracy is no excuse for making a handheld region locked. :(

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Howard Parry8 years ago
The 360 has got the right approach - make it as difficult, cumbersome and technical to hack that only the few dedicated enough will attempt to do so.

Then wield the banhammer on them :)
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