7 Weird Ways Games Tried to Stop People Playing Them

Published A month ago by Andy Farrant

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People who make games usually want as many people as possible to play them, but that only applies to people who are supposed to be playing their games. For those other people, developers occasionally come up with some sneaky, weird and hilarious ways to keep them out. Witness the times games have tried to stop people from playing them with unconventional means.

Sometimes these means are designed to thwart pirates. Pirated versions of Batman: Arkham Asylum, for example, did the equivalent of sneaking into the batcave and tampering with all of Bruce Wayne's stuff, giving you a cape that didn't let you glide properly, and a grappling hook that would totally ignore what you were actually trying to hook on to, instead choosing its own trans-dimensional anchor point beyond the boundaries of time, space, and the edges of the level map.

Ancient raunchy graphic adventure Leisure Suit Larry, on the other hand, was keen to keep kids out, due to its adult content, and so designer Al Lowe implemented a trivia test you needed to pass before being given access to the game. This quiz consisted of questions he didn't think children would be able to answer.

To be fair, he was probably right; the test was full of pop culture references you'd have to be in your sixties now to get, and Wikipedia wouldn't be invented for another 14 years.

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Andy Farrant
Andy is co-editor at Outside Xbox, enjoys difficult moral decisions and fights like a cow. You might remember him from such defunct Xbox video channels as Inside Xbox.

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