Garry’s Mod Adds Quirky Anti-Piracy Trap

While having a blast seeing the response from it. Yesterday, Garry’s Mod creator, Garry Newman, quietly patched his game with a new anti-piracy countermeasure.

If the game detects a pirated copy, it would give the user an error message that states the game is “unable to shade polygon normals” followed by an error code. What’s interesting about the trap is that the error code is actually the user’s Steam ID, and if they’re foolish enough to ask for help on the problem, Steam can then crosscheck the code to see if the user legitimately bought the game itself.

While the little error message is hardly fool-proof, many pirates have already fallen for the trap:

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