Stealth Encryption Chip Will End Piracy


Atari Founder Nolan Bushnell is confident that the end to software piracy is in sight. He made this prediction at the Wedbush Morgan Securities annual Management Access Conference this week.

“There is a stealth encryption chip called a TPM that is going on the motherboards of most of the computers that are coming out now,” he pointed out

“What that says is that in the games business we will be able to encrypt with an absolutely verifiable private key in the encryption world – which is uncrackable by people on the internet and by giving away passwords – which will allow for a huge market to develop in some of the areas where piracy has been a real problem.”

However, Bushnell’s not convinced that anything can be done to stop piracy of music and movies. He states that “if you can watch it and you can hear it, you can copy it.” He believes games are different because of the integration of the code.

“Games are a different thing, because games are so integrated with the code. The TPM will, in fact, absolutely stop piracy of gameplay.

“As soon as the installed base of the TPM hardware chip gets large enough, we will start to see revenues coming from Asia and India at a time when before it didn’t make sense.”

Personally, I have my doubts about the long term effectiveness of the chip. Hackers are known for their creative solutions. I’m sure some clever hacker out there will learn to circumvent or remove the chip entirely. Every time they build a better mouse trap, someone comes up with a smarter mouse.


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19 Comments on Stealth Encryption Chip Will End Piracy

plz die

On May 24, 2008 at 5:12 pm

Now they just have to get the prices down and then the PC shall rule again ;)

Don’t mind me, I’m just tired after watching super boring song contest with only 2 average songs and lots of crappy, super crappy and absolute bull songs.


On May 24, 2008 at 5:33 pm

^^Did is start with “E” and end with “n”? Yeah, I feel your pain….Anyway, I’m not so optimistic about it, anything can and will be cracked with enough effort and this TPM is no exception.


On May 24, 2008 at 6:30 pm

This is GREAT news, finally a lot of PC games, will be getting the sales they deserve…

Games like Crysis failed to sell too well, due to acts of extreme piracy…

Go Pirate Hunters! :cool:

— TalonDesigns


On May 24, 2008 at 7:49 pm

As long as it doesn’t have any effects like bioshock and what was gonna happen to mass effect among other games and apps. This better not interfer with the regular use of normal applications and games.


On May 24, 2008 at 8:40 pm

“which is uncrackable by people on the internet”

Everything can be cracked one way or another. Impossible doesn’t exist with data and hardware. And I highly doubt it uses CIA class algorithms.


On May 24, 2008 at 9:13 pm

Some hacker, perhaps not yet born, will make Nolan eat his words. We will call him “The One” (LOL). Seriously though, I agree w/ Aristotle, nothing is “uncrackable” for long. Never say never when it comes to the world of piracy… big mistake.


On May 24, 2008 at 9:22 pm

OW OW IM BAAAAAAAD!!! :twisted:


On May 24, 2008 at 9:31 pm

Yeah, just like Sony was gonna make a good console.


On May 24, 2008 at 9:32 pm

Buuuuurrrnnnn !!!! LOL :lol:

The Twin

On May 24, 2008 at 9:37 pm

Simply put, PC gaming *IS NOT* dying due to piracy, but simply due to disinterest by developers. Piracy may or may not be a factor, but consoles are just slightly more impressive.


On May 24, 2008 at 10:47 pm

lowering prices? Pc games are some of the cheapest games on the market. Cheaper then all current console games that run at 59.99 and up

I would like to see the prices go down though, to save my hard earned money cash soo the oil companies can take it :twisted:


On May 25, 2008 at 12:00 am

“but consoles are just slightly more impressive.”

Are you insane or just stupid….How could anyone say that with a strait face? oh wait nvm you must be jokeing…but if your not let me remind you that the customization of PCs, anywhere from external case mods to internal parts selection…and even customization and tweakability of a Microsoft OS is UNLIMITED
COMPLETELY UNLIMITED, there is almost nothing you can do with consols in that respect…oh wait, let me put a gears of war plate on my xbox and a COD4 sticker on my ps3…..NOW THATS IMPRESSIVE!!!!! omg ur stupid


On May 25, 2008 at 12:01 am

First, I’m not sure that every motherboard manufacturer out there will absolutely consent to installing the “TPM,” given that anyone who doesn’t will attract a huge market of people that will buy the more convenient piece of hardware.

Second, they assume that pirates will suddenly start buying all of the games that they download. That simply isn’t true. Video games in general are too expensive of a hobby for legit, hardcore individuals who like to try a bit of every game in order to find what they like. For example, I generally wait until someone I know has bought a game so that I can try it before I buy it, and even then I have to really enjoy the game. Specifically, I borrowed my friend’s computer to try Sins of a Solar Empire and Orange Box. I liked Sins, but not Orange Box. If I had bought them, I’d never heard of Sins at that time, but I had heard of Orange Box so I probably would have bought that and never had the chance to try Sins. What’s worse, I would’ve been unhappy with the purchase, because Orange Box is okay, but Episode 2 and Portals do not off set the $60 cost of TF2.

Third, the thing killing PC gaming is neither game cost nor piracy. It is the fact that in order to stay up-to-date in the PC gaming world you have to be constantly moving and upgrading. If some part of your computer is too old in comparison to the new parts, then your experience will still be diminished. Furthermore, sometimes particular components, despite being recent and powerful, simply do not work with some programs. The hassle and cost of *upgrading* is whats killing PC gaming, because on a console you buy your hardware once, you don’t have to deal with or purchase any upgrades. If you do they are simple to select and acquire, involving no installation of inevitably non-compatible drivers. For the average person, this convenience is well worth the initial cost and the limitation on extended usage.


On May 25, 2008 at 1:54 am

umm.. I may not have this right or not but, isn’t this illegal? It might not be, but for some reason I just think that this isn’t going to be legal in some way shape or form. I don’t think I have all the facts but don’t they have to get your consent or something for a thing like this? witch they will most likely do something like a contract when you buy the product with this installed. Wait a thought just came to me, wouldn’t games have to support this? that wouldn’t be much of a problem for them just change some stuff around but couldn’t that also detract alot of PC gamers who(like me) are in a situation with no money for buying games or having to get a new motherboard just to play the lastest game out because it will only work with a mobo that has TPM installed? so IMO this is a BAD idea

plz die

On May 25, 2008 at 6:37 am

PC that is as good as console costs about double price. That sucks.


On May 25, 2008 at 10:35 am

This needs to be done, even though it might not stop piracy 100% of course, it will sure slow it down to a crawl, as the avg person who can easily crack a game with a patch will not want to get into hardware mods and such. The PC is becoming less and less attractive to game Dev’s because they know that they are guarantied to loose money.


On July 23, 2008 at 2:13 pm

Whats the difference ppl have mod chips in there consoles and play copied games so its a risk no matter where they lay it down.

Peter Stfu

On November 1, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Piracy doesn’t impact profits. Spending time and money on implementing anti-piracy protections impacts profits. Pirates are not customers. They will not buy your product, crackable or uncrackable. Anti-crack technology also makes games perform less and crash more. (Lords of the Fallen, The Witcher 2, Assassin’s Creed) all prime examples of this.


On November 1, 2014 at 12:55 pm

@Skeptic I have to ask, are you uneducated or just stupid? I’m running every game out there on a pc I built 3 years ago. I also have a back up pc I bought for $125.00 and it’s running Metro Last Light at 1080p wonderfully. No, it’s people like you who are uneducated about pc’s that spread total BS about things they know nothing about, namely pc’s, that cause problems. If more people were educated we would have less whiners and more positives out there.
Personally I hope this works. I’m tired of every freaking console users out there talking trash about not making games for pc because of the piracy, when console piracy is every bit as bad as pc’s. Go to any pirate site and look at how many console games are available vs pc games. Might surprise you.