Devious Garry’s Mod “Bug” Catches Pirates
By on April 14th, 2011

The internet is a very devious and dangerous place. Yet it is as fascinating to watch as a bar brawl from the periphery of the brawl with a cloak of invisibility around yourself. There are many devious and dangerous people in this analogy of a medieval tavern, but the same kind of people populate it merchants, commoners and, of course, pirates of the high seas masquerading as legitimate businessmen. The following account happened at the Valve’s distribution service, Steam:-

garrysmod

One of Steam’s most well-enjoyed games is Garry’s Mod created by a Mr. G. Newman (not the Gabekind). Since it is so well loved on Steam it is also well-loved in the shady corners of the pirate bays, so Garry thought of a plan and posted an update of the game later. Then he asked a very innocent question on his Twitter account:-

Anyone unable to shade polygon normals?

Apparently a few legitimateusers on the official forums were reporting the same bug, saying that the game crashed on startup with this error code:-

Engine Error:
Unable to shade polygon normals(################)

In a few hours, the user who had the problem was permanently banned from the forums for pirating the game. Also, the the string of numbers (###…) was basically the 64-bit Steam ID of the user, which was not on Steam’s database as a registered user of Garry’s Mod. Guess whose account was going to have some problems?

A very clever way to weed out the pirates. Good going, Garry!

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