Fallout 3 Already Pirated on the Xbox 360

That certainly didn’t take long. Less than 24 hours after it was announced that Fallout 3 had gone gold, a number of torrent sites apparently started showing copies of the game for download. Of course, this is the Xbox 360 version of the game, meaning a modded console would be needed to play it; but that hasn’t deterred thousands of people from already downloading their illegal copy. Gamasutra theorizes that the leak might have come from the manufacturing plant, while commenters say it’s listed as a review copy and could have come from elsewhere.

It’s not unusual for full games to show up online before their release date, but that was still pretty darn quick. There’s a greater issue at hand here than the loss of sales for the publisher though: thousands of people out there are playing this awesome game right now, while the rest of us law-abiding gamers have to wait almost three weeks to get our hands on it. Where’s the justice?

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18 Comments on Fallout 3 Already Pirated on the Xbox 360

Woogie

On October 13, 2008 at 1:50 pm

HAHAHA! Priceless. “PC piracy is killing gaming. Consoles are the future.”

Well SUCK ON THAT ES! And really, with a top tier title like this, I doubt they’ll lose that many sales to piracy. Hell, if I had an Xbox 360 I’d be all over this torrent AND still be buying it on release day. Wish they’d leak the PC version!

You create excessive demand for something, people will attempt to obtain it early. It’s a symptom of the hype machine and simple human nature. I know several people with 360′s who had no plans to buy the game, but have gotten the torrent and will now be getting it having seen it in all its majesty.

For years it was rumoured Lucasarts deliberately leaked their games to build hype. The industry aren’t idiots. They know that piracy, in reality, amounts to a fraction of what they claim. Fallout 3 will receive more hype and publicity now from this leak than they could possibly have generated on their own. Your post has pretty much proved that.

It’s a symptom of the industry attitude that the pirate scene offers the better product these days. (Spore for example. Pirated version has no activation limits, no dodgy Securom drivers being installed etc…) The industry needs to figure out how to compete or, like Stardock, not bother and realise the pirates aren’t going to buy the title regardless of whether it’s protected or whatever, so don’t even worry about them. And it’s certainly not hurting Stardock financially. In fact Stardock are the ultimate shiny example of how all the industry hyperbole about piracy is utter bollocks.

FredSanford

On October 13, 2008 at 1:58 pm

OMG a console game pirated? That can’t be possible… well according to many game developers it’s not possible or hardly happens. lol

Honestly this game has been out in review copy form, for download for week os so now. And playing pirated games on a 360 is extremely easy from the instructions I have seen (were talking about a few minutes without any mod chip). Just as well these same pirates can play online as well through filtering the game before burning it. What is even more ironic is this info took me minutes to get a hold of and would take minutes to do on a 360 if i actually had a 360 (bought one to play Bad Company then sold it).

Piracy is bad in all forms but I hope more news like this gets around so the BS excuses game developers use lately about PC gamers is just not the full story. They seem content to point the finger at PC gamers but console games are pirated far mroe then PC games even though people like to believe otherwise. On all my trips around the globe I have seen pirated console games blatently sold in the streets but very PC games in this same sector. So who is really taking profit from the game developers more? The PC pirate who downloads directly or the console pirate who not only pirates the games but sells them as well. And yet note that I am not even factoring in resales of used titles.

News like this is both bad and good… Bad in that Piracy just sucks in all forms… But good in that some people will see that PC games are not the only ones that are pirated.

erathoniel

On October 13, 2008 at 4:10 pm

And they leave us PC people all beaten up over copy protection, and then 360 games are pirated. As far as I know, Microsoft can’t make any copy protection that pirates can’t break, and they insist on killing computer users for it. If they even succeeded, pirates would use brute cracks for media (re-recording), and few legitimate users would be willing to buy the games with so much protection. I’ve had games not work on my system due to DRM (Securom sucks), and there are tools that can bypass the protection. Just my disk drive can’t. And it’s legitimate.

soz

On October 13, 2008 at 6:02 pm

LMAO Saints Row 2 is up for the 360 as well :lol: :lol: :lol:

Developers should drop PC and 360 and stick to the PS3 that has no pirating at all.

Michael

On October 13, 2008 at 7:06 pm

Ha, PS3 has no pirating because no one owns them and they have a fraction of the games available that the other consoles do. 360′s have been out for a longer period of time, are in more households and have more games, DUH more people want to pirate their stuff! There was the same amount of pirating between the original X-Box and the PS2, so don’t pretend like Sony has made it impossible to be pirated or that PS3 users are above that. After paying so much for a PS3 I’d probably consider pirating too.

wow

On October 13, 2008 at 8:38 pm

lol drop pc and xbox and go with ps3? how about i drop kick you in the nads and then make you eat that japanese piece of you call a gaming system.

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On October 14, 2008 at 12:27 am

Old…. but who cares :)

ausibob

On October 14, 2008 at 1:48 am

Well it would be very easy for Xbox Live to determine who has a modded xbox. Lets see if they do anything about it

soz

On October 14, 2008 at 4:22 am

@ michael PS3 has no pirating because they are on bluray you idiot!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Try downloading a 30gb game and burning it to a bluray and see how you get on :lol: :lol: :lol:

MastaG

On October 14, 2008 at 4:26 am

No one actually flatout denied the fact that almost all console games get pirated but most people who have an xbox360 don’t have their system modded, the run of the mill console gamers aren’t as smart as PC users and are too afraid to mod their box, some hear stories of getting their box banned for Xbox live(not their gamertag just their system). Notice how he said thousands of people had downloaded the copy? Well if the leak was for PC multiply it by at least 10 and that would be how much the PC pirates would get it.

FredSanford

On October 14, 2008 at 4:07 pm

Keep telling yourself that and some day you might actually believe it…

Console games are pirated far more then you want to believe and are pirated far more then game developers would want you to believe. To say that people are too stupid to figure it out in itself is just ignorance. Criminal activity generally attracts people that are not very bright to begin with.

I don’t even have an xbox anymore yet the info I had on how to mod it came to me from someone who doesn’t even understand how to download patches for there pc games so go figure…

MastaG

On October 15, 2008 at 1:45 pm

I checked the number of peers pirating the game and it was not nearly as close to as many people pirate PC games. Watch, there are around 200ish seeds and not even 1000 leechers for the xbox version, the PC will have at least double the amount of seeders and around at least 4000-6000 leechers. I don’t understand why you guys have to make it seem like no one knows people pirate console games, everyone knows they do and it’s been happening for years I can only remember as far back as people pirating games on Dreamcast and PS1. There may still be a lot of people pirating console games but there is still a whole lot more people like myself would rather download the PC version. PC is more accessible and it’s easier to just download the game then have to mod your disk drive/buy a new one and install it. I didn’t say that ALL console gamers were to stupid to pirate games and I also said some are just scared too. I guess that’s what happens when you skim through a paragraph just so you can quickly flame someone. It may be just me but I don’t even know anyone that has a modded Xbox360 though I know a lot of people that pirate PC games.

FredSanford

On October 17, 2008 at 5:12 am

If you’re only counting seeds then your numbers are way off in general. Peer 2 peer is by far not the only way to get pirated console games. There are many other places online to get them which have far greater numbers of people pirating then people using seeds, IE; **c, f**, u****t, and many more. I won’t give full names of these places but anyone who knows how to fill in the blanks knows what I’m talking about and just as well I don’t want to help anyone with piracy. Just as well I know 4 people using modified xbox 360′s and none of them would be classified as intelligent enough to pirate but yet they do it. Yet online in my xfire list and people i personally know in the real world that use PC games do not pirate any games at all on the PC (yet some of them get mp3′s and movies) so an individual’s personal accounts don’t really make the overall stats on such an issue. I don’t think anyone can accurately say which is pirated more but generally the more dominant and popular platform gets more piracy. My point being that if someone wants to do something in the area of criminal activity they find a way to gain the knowledge and it has absolutely nothing to do with what platform they stay on the most.

Any btw, that was not really a flame… it was more of a joke… If i wanted to flame you I could have done alot better then that trust me lol. :wink:

Armstrong14

On October 20, 2008 at 7:25 am

Exactly what you said in your blog post… It’s not unusual to see posts early to their release dates. Retail stores and rental stores get their games 2 to 3 to 4 weeks in advance, and what’s funny is that rental stores allow their games to be “rented” by the employees as soon as they get them in stock, well before they put them on the shelves, making it possible to play, even copy, the game to your PC and making a copy. I could keep talking about this subject, but whatever.

Also, Gears of War just released on the internet for 360 download… Even the 360 version of Far Cry 2 is released… Also, the English PC version got released on Demonoid, Saints Row 2 also got released for 360 before its release date.

You can’t stop piracy. Ever.

Anyone :D

On October 22, 2008 at 7:00 am

Hi you guys! this is my opinion, you should not get you xbox 360 modded , think about it when you sitting there with all the best games you ever dreamd of , and suddenly you just have it, no waiting time (burn time okey :D ),
BUT ! here comes the bad thing ,so when you have the ability to just play and play and play… how fun is that ! Where did the exitment go ? think about it, the best with xbox 360 games (what I think) , is when you have a game on your list and wants to have it, not just download and burn, THE WAITING TIME IS THE BEST WITH XBOX 360 GAMING / thx for my / xbox 360 modder

Adrian

On November 8, 2008 at 10:03 pm

haha!
the more piracy the better

mlid

On November 10, 2008 at 9:24 pm

want piracy? malaysia got alot..all are welcome

Adina Odhner

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