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The Sims 4 pixellates pirate copies

The Sims franchise has always been a favourite among software pirates, so it's no surprise that Maxis has tucked a little something special into The Sims 4. Rather than simply locking pirates out of the game, or implementing digital rights management that causes more problems than it fixes, the studio's opted for a more creative approach.

An illegal copy of The Sims 4

An illegal copy of The Sims 4

If you've ever played any game from The Sims franchise, you'll know that your Sims like to protect their modesty by hiding behind a cloud of blurry pixels when they use the shower, toilet or bathtub. This is also the case in The Sims 4 - as long as you've paid for the game.

Pirated versions also apply the pixel censor cloud to naked Sims... but then doesn't remove it once they've put their clothes back on. Instead, the cloud expands and grows, until the entire game screen is permanently blurred and blocked out.

The fun doesn't stop there: Gamers who are affected by this apparent pixel "bug" have been swarming The Sims 4 forums as they scramble to work out what's caused the issue and if there's any solution. Of course, merely experiencing the problem is enough to point out the pirates.

Garry's Mod developer Garry Newman took a similar approach back in 2011, where the bug "unable to shade polygon normals" started appearing on pirated versions of his game.

The Sims 4 is out now for PC - stay tuned for our review as soon as we can tear ourselves away from it.

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39 Responses to “The Sims 4 pixellates pirate copies”

  1. […] Thanks to hidden anti-piracy measures, those who pirate The Sims 4 will find themselves staring at a pixelated mess instead of the colorful, virtual life simulation, reports Player Attack. […]

  2. […] Thanks to hidden anti-piracy measures, those who pirate The Sims 4 will find themselves staring at a pixelated mess instead of the colorful, virtual life simulation, reports Player Attack. […]

  3. […] Thanks to hidden anti-piracy measures, those who pirate The Sims 4 will find themselves staring at a pixelated mess instead of the colorful, virtual life simulation, reports Player Attack. […]

  4. […] are reporting the problem as a bug, reports Player Attack, but some are suggesting it’s an anti-piracy measure and only appears in cracked copies of […]

  5. […] first, the blurring appears harmless as Player Attack reports. The usual modesty pixellation occurs when your Sim uses the toilet or takes a shower. […]

  6. […] are reporting the problem as a bug, reports Player Attack, but some are suggesting it’s an anti-piracy measure and only appears in cracked copies of […]

  7. […] to Player Attack, the game appears to work normally for a while before the bug kicks […]

  8. Albert says:

    There is a way that pirated version dont have huge ppixels just have to change par file name.

  9. […] first, the blurring appears harmless as Player Attack reports. The usual modesty pixellation occurs when your Sim uses the toilet or takes a shower. […]

  10. deathzombee says:

    Luckily, I got a crack that fixes the pixelation before all the sims 4 content was removed from the pirate bay

  11. […] es que Electronic Arts ha incluido una curiosa medida anti-piratería para molestar a todos los usuarios que hayan querido descargarse ilegalmente Los Sims 4, haciendo […]

  12. Galakt says:

    My version runs just fine…

  13. […] reported by Player Attack, the official Sims 4 forums are amass with folks trying to find a cure for this bug, unaware that […]

  14. fuchs says:

    well… they mess up with themselves only. piracy has a huge positive effect on sales and everybody knows it since the beginning. i myself been using pirated games when i was young and had no money to buy them and now im buying entire series like xcom, tomb raider, half life, thief, TES, X3, etc… i would never buy them if i dont have the chance to try them, not just for a one level trial. The game industry is full of scams. rubbish softwareimmitations sold with beautiful animations and intros and i think most of the players are getting tired of them. ohhh, but they want to win the casuals, the moms buying gifts for the kiddos? just a little sidenote on it: girls of the current generations, who are just there to become moms, know far more about gaming than these ppl would expect…

  15. […] more serious than the mosaic bug from last week, EA seems to be blocking fans from sharing avatars with words like "homosexual", […]

  16. […] reported by Player Attack, the official Sims 4 forums are amass with folks trying to find a cure for this bug, unaware that […]

  17. […] Thanks to hidden anti-piracy measures, those who pirate The Sims 4 will find themselves staring at a pixelated mess instead of the colorful, virtual life simulation, reports Player Attack. […]

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