Pirates upset that popular graphics mod won’t work for them
Thursday May 11, 2017. 04:49 PM , from Ars Technica
Enlarge / If you want to improve these graphics through a popular PC mod, you need to actually buy the game.
Game pirates have been rejoicing of late over the quick cracking and re-cracking of games protected with Denuvo, which was once considered the unbreakable best-in-class piracy protection on the market. Now, some of those pirates are angry that a popular mod re-enables piracy checks for one of those cracked games.
The FAR mod (for Fix Automata Resolution) smooths out Nier Automata's wonky resolution upscaling on HD monitors and also unlocks and improves frame rates via graphical optimizations. It also adds 'a license that requires a simple SteamAPI validity check,' as mod author Kaldaien writes on NeoGAF. 'Nothing malicious happens if you fail this check, you're just presented with an infinite license screen that you can click Accept on but since you don't respect licenses the license doesn't respect your click.'
Though Kaldaien writes that he '[doesn't] condone the practice' of piracy and has implemented similar checks in previous mods, he writes that the ownership check is more personal protection for himself than some sort of moral judgment or punishment.
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