Syndicate’s mock .nfo file takes a shot at pirates

By on February 25, 2012

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DRM or not, video games will be pirated. While some developers go in a fit, others, like Starbreeze, try to have some fun while they accept the sad truth.

As found by, Starbreeze’s latest, the first person shooter Syndicate, has a file called Syndicate-SBZ.nfo in its install directory, which is a mock of the standard, pirate “scene-approved” .nfo file usually packed with pirate copies available on uTorrent and such.

If you have indulged in piracy before, you will know exactly what this is. If you haven’t, for which you should be awarded for being an aberration on the Internet, an .nfo file is a pompous ‘claim file’ inserted by pirate groups and usually contains instructions on how to crack the game in order to play, and also features an advertisement for possible recruitment. They also encourage users to buy the game after “trying” it.

Here’s what Starbreeze has done (click for big). Pretty accurate.

Thanks, Reddit.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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