Bohemia Interactive explains how it uses FADE as anti-piracy tech

Wednesday, 9th November 2011 16:04 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Bohemia Interactive has provided an example of how the FADE copy protection system is used as an anti-piracy measure Take On Helicopters.

In a mail sent out by the firm, a link to the official forums brought attention to a poster asking why his game screen goes “blurry like I’m under water sometimes” and even posted a shot of what the game was doing as an example.

Turns out, the player was using a pirated copy of the game, and the longer he played the blurrier it got, thanks to FADE.

“One of the aspects of developing any game in this modern age is how to protect it, it’s widely known that as soon as any game is released there are those who are looking to download it for free, who for whatever reason feel that their right is to not pay for something despite all the thousands of hours that have gone into its development,” said Bohemia in the statement.

“Obviously game developers have a responsibility to themselves to try to protect their company’s future, but also a responsibility to the community that supports them by buying their titles, no gamer who has spent their hard earned money to buy a game wants to be playing MP against others who didn’t buy their game, no addon maker wants to have things they created over countless hours downloaded and used by people who didn’t buy the game it’s intended for.

“That is why we try to come up with unique and irrefutable ways to stop people from playing our games without paying for them, that’s why Take On Helicopters shipped with our unique antipiracy countermeasures.”

Back in 2001 when the original Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis was released, the company had FADE implemented which causes game performance to degrade. Thus the reason those playing a pirated version of Take on Helicopters will notice morphed, watery image degradation.

Those who own a legitimate version of Take On Helicopters need not worry about the degradation of visual quality, according to the developer.

“Piracy is a big problem for Bohemia Interactive, as an independent PC developer, and we’re trying to focus our support as much as possible towards users of legitimate copies,” the statement continued.

“Counterfeit copies of our games may degrade and, moral aspects aside, we certainly recommend only playing the original version. We have a free public demo version of Take On Helicopters in the development pipeline for those that prefer to test it before buying.”



  1. Se_7_eN

    This is awesome! Hopefully it starts getting used more often.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. GrimRita

    Very cool. Sega managed to fend off the pirates(albeit for a short time) with FM2012 and Steam. But if you want to stop the pirates this could be the way to go.

    I also remember one of the FM games having some error in it if the game was pirated.

    One way I used to tell, was with the dxdiag being sent over and seeing a popular DVD clone software installed – always a give away lol.

    But really, with game reviews talking bullshit, is it any wonder people (not all) download a game first to see if they like it?

    #2 3 years ago
  3. silkvg247

    It’d be funny if the guy in question was using a legal copy of the game.

    Sadly there’s not one single anti-piracy mechanism out there that at some point doesn’t affect legit customers.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Maximum Payne

    @3 Batman:AA on PC would give you massive glitch when enter in new area and that would only happened if you use pirate version.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Stephany Nunneley

    The fella in question was asked to provide his CD key or another form of pop, but when he didn’t in a fair amount of time, it was proven he was using a pirated version of the game and was banned from the forum as well.

    I am sure if proof is provided the firm would 100% provide you with a new copy or download key if FADE was causing a legitimate customer an issue.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. DSB

    I remember when Operation Flashpoint would just randomly break itself (on my first, second and third legitimate copy) because they added one of those idiotic DRM measures.

    It pretty much became a joke around the forum. “Are you running a legitimate copy? Oh okay, probably just the DRM then”

    In ArmA they would turn you into a pigeon, and that also didn’t depend too much on whether the copy was legitimate or not.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Maximum Payne

    @6 Similar stuff was also in Crysis like you shoot from gun chickens would pop up :D

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Levyne

    I had no interest in Take On Helicopters before this.
    I’m going to pirate the game just to make a sim more interesting. Normally I find them boring and dull, but the increasingly blurry screen adds on a big challenge in a fun way.
    I might wind up buying the game to practice actually flying a chopper, and then ramp up the difficulty by booting up the pirated version.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. albo88

    with crack or not Bohemia Interactive games are buggy as hell

    #9 3 years ago

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