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Nintendo Fights Back Against Game Piracy Starting With HackYourConsole.com
Video game piracy is something that will probably always be an issue, and in the ongoing global fight Nintendo of America Inc., has filed a lawsuit against HackYourConsole.com. The reason why is all in the name – HackYourConsole.com promotes and sells unauthorized Nintendo games along with devices and services that circumvent the security of the Nintendo DS and the Nintendo Wii.
The website sells hacked copies of Nintendo games and game-copying devices, such as the R4 device, as well as offering services to hack and modify the Wii console and allow the play of illegal gaming software (for a fee, of course). To make things worse, the website claims to be an authorized distributor for the yet-to-be-released 3DS Gateway cards, which is a card similar to the R4 game copier for the Nintendo DS. Games piracy stifles the sales of video games, damaging the existing market as well as any potential future market for future game developers! Jools Watsham, co-founder and director of Renegade Kid, says:
Piracy on the Nintendo DS system has a huge impact on game sales. It can effect everyone involved, including the many honest players out there. If independent studios, like ours, are unable to recoup the money they invest into game development, through the sales of their games, we will unfortunately see fewer independent games developed in the future.
It’s amazing to see huge companies like Nintendo taking a stance against pirates, and Nintendo already have an extensive anti-piracy program in place. You can find out more information on their game piracy program on their anti-piracy website. If all games companies had programs like this it would really help to fight against people who pirate software and hardware. Do you think Nintendo’s lawsuit will actually do anything? Or are companies, like Nintendo, trying to fight a losing battle?