Michael Jackson combats piracy with vuvuzelas. What?

Ubisoft annoyed a lot of people when it started going heavy on the DRM. Sure, it's understandable that you'd want to stop people pirating your games, but there are better ways of doing it than insisting people are online all the time. Obviously, that technique won't work on DS anyway as it's a portable machine… which means a different approach was needed for Michael Jackson: The Experience. Like a cacophony of vuvuzelas. Yes, that incredibly annoying horn that played such an unwelcome part in the World Cup.

A video has appeared on YouTube showing the DS version of Michael Jackson: The Experience apparently featuring the drone of vuvuzelas over Michael's vocals and lacking on-screen prompts, rendering the game near-unplayable. Why? Because it was a hacked ROM of the game (way to stay under the radar, eh?). Apparently the game can tell that it's been tampered with, triggering code that starts this horrible noise. Here's the vid:

This story seemed too good to be true, so we contacted Ubisoft for official confirmation. Aaaaand... it is true! The world just got a little bit more awesome. Ubisoft told us:

"The development team worked this feature in as a creative way to discourage any tampering with the retail version of the game."

Awesome stuff. It isn't the first time we've seen this sort of anti-piracy creativity, mind. Dave H wrote a whole feature on it, which is well worth a read if you haven't already.

03 Dec, 2010

Source: MCV




  • Robusken - December 4, 2010 1:45 a.m.

    I want to see more of this.
  • SolarPoweredShitMachine - December 3, 2010 8:28 p.m.

    And that's how you get respect while enforcing anti-piracy.
  • Clovin64 - December 3, 2010 7:53 p.m.

    Awesome! I want to see more games use hilarious creative methods to deal with piracy.
  • Darth_Griffin - December 3, 2010 6:43 p.m.

    BEST. ANTI-PIRACY. DEVICE. EVER. Though I have a feeling some people are going to pirate this juuuuuust so they can laugh at it
  • PlainLikeVanilla - December 3, 2010 6:22 p.m.

    Best use for vuvuzelas ever.
  • Fenny12 - December 3, 2010 5:26 p.m.

    Functional hacked ROM in 3...2...1... Wait, nobody cares.
  • cronoman66 - December 3, 2010 5:01 p.m.

    this is great, although i'd never really think that anyone would pirate this game
  • soren7550 - December 3, 2010 4:59 p.m.

    This is awesome. Now I actually have a mild interest in the game!
  • AlmightyFuzz - December 3, 2010 4:51 p.m.

    Hahaha, this is how DRM should be done! Provided the game can tell when it really has been tampered with so it doesn't effect legitimate copies of course.
  • db1331 - December 3, 2010 4:49 p.m.

    This is the most creative anti-piracy solution yet. Even if you were on the receiving end of it, you would have to laugh and appreciate their genius.
  • ShaneCedt - December 3, 2010 4:48 p.m.

    Nice move Ubisoft.
  • loonyman978 - December 3, 2010 4:43 p.m.

    ahahahahahahahaha this is awesome

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