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No Time To Explain (The Pirate Bay Edition) Game

It's not the first time that tinyBuild have decided to deal with piracy in a non-self-defeating way. For their previous title, No Time To Explain, they uploaded their game to The Pirate Bay themselves, replacing all the unlockable hats with pirate hats in a move that's a) quite funny and b) taps into our innate desire to collect as many goddamn hats as possible. The move (and the resulting press attention) worked out quite well for the game - so piracy 'ain't all bad, it seems.

No Time to Explain (The Pirate Bay Edition) game

If you're a frequent RPS reader (or an infrequent RPS reader with uncannily good timing), the image on the front page of ubiquitous, recently-banned-in-the-UK-under-extremely-dubious-circumstances torrenting site The Pirate Bay might strike you as a bit familiar. If not, you may have still been able to guess that it heralds from Sos Sosowski's McPixel because, well, the first four words on the page will tell you all of that. This, however, is the first time a game has ever been featured as part of Pirate Bay's "Promo Bay" program - wherein, a creator gets to leverage the site's incredible reach for exposure. But how'd this come about? And what does it say about the ever-evolving role of piracy in the gaming industry? Plus, given that many file swaps on Pirate Bay are technically illegal, does anyone really deserve a pat on the back in this situation? I spoke with both McPixel's Sos and an organizer from The Pirate Bay to find out more.

"I was actually visiting Pirate Bay from time-to-time looking for a McPixel torrent," Sosowski explained to RPS. "If people pirate games, it means they want to play it regardless of anything. Pirate Bay is one of the most visited sites in the Internet, and just having a torrent there is promotion for the game. I left a comment there, because I wanted people to know that I make games for a living, and that they are directly supporting me with each purchase."

"Piracy is not an enemy," he explained. "I can't be orthodox about it, and want my game to retain value - not just give it away for free - and cater to people that have no means to access it otherwise as well. I sarcastically say that 'real pirates use torrents', which are not only means of distribution, but provide community. A community of gamers, enthusiasts, fans, and cool people overall, who want to enjoy and share."

"There are frustrating situations, where a game is pirated a lot but the sales are low - and especially so within indie game developer community, where being poor is not uncommon," he said. "I can relate, and I would probably get frustrated myself, with my fridge empty and people playing my games for free. But staying angry and frustrated never solves anything. My advice is to think twice, then twice again, and keep in mind that people who pirate your game don't live in your fridge. They cannot possibly know the source of your frustration. Tell them what's up and remember that there are real people on the other side. Never let yourself get frustrated over people actually enjoying your game."

This was a unique opportunity. You need a game development simulation game to make this particular joke work. The more general idea/experiment to release a cracked version which inconveniences and counts pirates can probably work for any game and might work in the long run.

If pirates are put through more trouble than genuine customers, maybe more will buy the real game. Sadly, for AAA games it is currently the other way. Customers get the trouble with always-on requirements and intrusive DRM, while pirates can just download and enjoy. A twisted world.

When the pirates are present, you will also be able to play darts. As a reward for winning the first three games, you will be rewarded with golden walnuts. After three games, you will still be able to play and win, but you will not receive any rewards.

This torrent site has a motto to provide all genuine torrents and challenges users to find fake torrents for which they will be rewarded $1 every time. It also has one of the best listings of fresh popular torrents, movies, music, tv, and game torrents.

As mentioned above, most of the time tor version of The Pirate Bay remains accessible while the main site is down or you can just try one of the torrent sites similar to the pirate bay, mentioned below.

@yoshinatsu actually he's been involved with a lot more. Drug dealing being one of many, and not even sure you can say that piratebay is piracy, but it is moraly wrong and hurts a lot of creative minds continue their work. This guy is no first time small criminal. And in my opinion, no convicted criminal should enjoy their time locked up.

@Bi-Mabeobsa The problem is that people feel so entitled that they think they have the right to pirate. If they can't afford it, they can't play. It's that simple. The creators if the software and hardware have a right to sell it at any cost they want. It's not a human rights issue if someone can't afford a video game.

And let me clarify this: I am against piracy of media. However, I do understand and accept it if you download a game or movie that's no longer for sale. NES games or movies from the 80s that are nowhere to be found except overpirced on eBay, I understand why you pirate those and I accept that. It's either that or nothing, and nobody profits from them anymore anyway.However, when you pirate modern games and movies, that you could buy for the regular price, then we have a problem. I know the infomercials are silly, but they're right. Pirating those is basically theft. It's those people's jobs to create those games and movies, and you just don't pay for them? I don't see the difference compared to stealing from a store. And the Pirate Bay willingly allowed this kind of stuff to happen. The creators deserve prison, and are just going to have to entertain themselves with some chalk on the wall.

@Monado_III Maybe Nintendo doesn't get any money from eBay. Fine. But it's still illegal and it's still against the law. Watch gameplay videos to determine if you want it or not, it's better than theivery. Also, I think I remember Gamestop selling Xenoblade C for $50-$60 used or something like that. Also, the way you say "which I pirated", makes you sound even more like a criminal. Oh, and you do realize Xenoblade Chronicles 3D came out. You can get the same game legally, and portable. You can give me more info that could defend your case, but currently, I see your argument as invalid.

But, there was a concern - again not on my part - that Seaside would look too expensive at the price it would have to cost. Cards are typically the most expensive component of games, but are valued less by players than other components, and the expansions are heavy on cards. Seaside was going to be 200 cards smaller than Intrigue - which at the time was a stand-alone - but would only be about $5 cheaper. So, they put in extra components. And I mean, it sucks to have e.g. a pile of Embargo tokens, pieces of metal, that you do nothing else with.

My interest in the project grew slowly. Finally, while working on Allies, I asked Jay if we could do it, and he said yes. A big problem previously had been, there were real people depicted on two cards I wanted to replace (Navigator and Pearl Diver), and he hadn't even wanted to ask if they could just be depicted on new cards. But years had passed, and Jay didn't even remember having said that, and had no issues this time (they aren't depicted in Seaside 2E; we'll get to them eventually okay).

There have continued to be expansions because there has continued to be a lot of demand for new expansions. Man, I try to delay them, to get work done on other projects. Time spent on Dominion is time not spent on anything else. This time around, the pandemic pushed me into working on Dominion again. It was what I could get playtested with no game nights.

ExtraTorrent had its ups and downs. Last year, the website suddenly went offline after leaving a message of its permanent shut down. It then made a comeback with an domain which is now being redirected to Nevertheless, ExtraTorrent is in the game for a long time now and once there you can download torrents related to movies, music, TV shows, software, and wallpapers etc. You can visit ExtraTorrent by copy-pasting in your browser.

Since you probably only have three bottles at this point (one from the witch, another from Romani Ranch, and the third from the Goron races) it's time to get the fourth bottle to make the next part of the game much easier.

When you exit that room, quickly run across the yard, grapple up two more pillars, and then enter the door to your left. Inside you will have to avoid another Pirate, only this time she has very sensitive hearing. The guard can hear you when you run, so you need to walk VERY slowly, and try to pelt her with an arrow if you can. Through the next door you will face the Green pirate, who is about twice as powerful as the previous fight. The next egg is right past this battle, then exit the room, and grapple over to the pillar directly in front of you. Run back across the yard, and grapple back up the first pillar that you used earlier. Then get up on the second and turn around. You'll see yet another pillar. Use your hookshot to get up there, then quickly shoot the Pirate up there with an arrow. Run across the bridge and enter the door. Inside shoot the three Pirates, open the chest, then run up the ramp and enter another door to fight the Purple pirate.

In video games, the most pirated title of 2013 was surprisingly not a triple-A title like Activision's (NASDAQ: ATVI) Call of Duty: Ghosts or Take-Two's (NASDAQ: TTWO) GTA V. It was Sega's Football Manager 2013, which was illegally downloaded 10.1 million times despite only selling 1.07 million copies worldwide. Assuming an average retail price of $50, that translates into more than half a billion dollars in lost revenue. 350c69d7ab


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