Game Piracy: The end is allegedly neighMikey 7 comments
Atari founder Nolan Bushnell is claiming that a new stealth encryption chip will "absolutely stop piracy of PC gameplay."
"There is a stealth encryption chip called a TPM that is going on the motherboards of most of the computers that are coming out now"
Bold words, which he will likely have to eat one day. Not that I don't wish them good luck on the endeavour, but if I had to put money on them actually succeeding then I'd be an idiot. If history has taught the games industry anything, it's that no matter how many millions they throw at engineering a copy protection solution, some geek will reverse engineer it for the cost of a pizza and a slab of coke and have it online in time for corn flakes.
Every method of copy protection that has ever existed for games, music, movies etc has at some stage been pimped as the 'piracy killer' by some middle level company executive while completely forgetting the embarrassment of those who came before him with the same announcement.
"What that says is that in the games business we will be able to encrypt with an absolutely verifiable private key in the encryption world - which is uncrackable by people on the internet and by giving away passwords - which will allow for a huge market to develop in some of the areas where piracy has been a real problem."
I will concede this method is more robust than others, but I have absolutely no faith in it being un-crackable.