Eidos builds pirate-sabotaging glitch into Batman: Arkham Asylum

Tip of the cowl to developer Rocksteady for simultaneously sticking it to pirates and giving the internet a laugh courtesy of Batman: Arkham Asylum‘s cruelly creative DRM, which renders cracked copies of the game unbeatable.

Pirates who have illegally acquired the PC version of the game will find themselves playing with a Batman whose wings have been clipped, preventing him from performing the basic glide-jump move necessary to avoid many a gas-filled death trap. When user “Cheshirec_the_cat” reported the problem on the Eidos forums, complaining that at a certain point in the game the Caped Crusader refused to do other than spread his wings and plunge gladly into that dreamless sleep, he was told by an Eidos administrator that it was “a hook in the copy protection, to catch out people who try and download cracked versions of the game for free.”

“It’s not a bug in the game’s code, it’s a bug in your moral code.”