Game Pirates Trolled With Controller Errors And Endless Rain

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The white screen is just the start of Big Ant’s plans, though. Responding to former Kotaku AU Editor Alex Walker’s questions on Twitter, Symons says the company “has other things in store”, some of them favourite measures from older games like making sure pirates lose 100% of coin tosses, displaying controller connection error messages and, most frustrating of all, making sure they have to field first (while the AI bats), then when it’s the player’s turn to score some runs making it “rain forever” until the game is cancelled (which is something that happens in cricket).

I asked Symons about these measures and how Big Ant implement them, and he told me We actually have a control panel for it here”, where on a whim they can “select what happens to pirates”, with some other options being a black screen instead of a white one, and telling users that the batteries in their controller need replacing.

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“I figure if people are going to steal the game”, Symons says, “we might as well have some fun at their expense”. He also says that since turning the anti-pirate measures on that sales of Cricket 22 “are up 300%”, thanking those who have “converted” to a legitimate copy, while enticing any current pirates still clinging onto their free versions with a promise that “if you purchase now then you will automatically get to keep your progress.”

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