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Questions tagged [game-piracy]

Piracy, cracks, key-gens and other copyright circumvention methods are off topic on Arqade. Use this tag for questions regarding site policy on the topic of piracy/cracks, or where piracy is a factor in question closure.

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When does a question "support piracy and pirated games"?

There's been a lot of talk recently about what it means to support piracy and pirated games. A very recent example is this question, in which a user asks a question that turns out to be a valid ...
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Are ROM hacks considered piracy? [duplicate]

Are ROM hacks considered pirated software for purposes of site policies against supporting software piracy? ROM hacks typically take existing game images (typically those of yesteryear) and edit in ...
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Does exploiting a demo to access portions of the game locked behind the paid version constitute as Piracy?

If a user asks a question involving accessing content not usually available to the demo but rather the full game, does this break the site guideline on piracy listed below? Please note, however, that ...
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Do we allow questions on how to avoid or identify pirated games?

I know that we disallow questions on pirated games, but the questions that typically get closed under that reason are questions that directly relate to actually committing piracy and/or resolving ...
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What exactly does the law state about emulation and ROMs? [closed]

I have heard a lot of talk about how emulation is not illegal, or that downloading ROMs is legal in some circumstances but not others, and I would really like to clarify what is allowed about ...
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What should we do with questions that ask about cracked versions of free games?

This question is asking for certain maps on counter-strike-global-offensive. The OP mentions the version of the game is a cracked one. I flagged the question as off-topic based on illegal content or ...
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What should we do about piracy-specific-bug questions? [duplicate]

A flag just came in to the close queue, and I thought about it a lot. As you might know, some games add an intended bug/glitch to the game if they detect that the game was pirated. This is usually ...
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Why are questions about piracy and related issues off-topic?

This site seems to have a harsh policy regarding piracy, and it makes me wonder. However, I am sure that there do exist grounds to ban questions regarding pirated games. If you admit using an old, ...
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How exactly did this answer violate our Piracy policy?

10k+ users will be able to see that this answer was removed since it was found to be in violation of our Piracy policy. But how exactly was this answer violating this policy? According to the ...
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We shouldn't help users run pirated software [duplicate]

Edit: There does seem to be a bit of confusion from some people about my stance, so I want to be perfectly clear: We shouldn't require users to prove they own a copy of the game, and we should assume ...
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What's bad in helping someone move their save files from a cracked game?

This question was asked and closed: The Binding Of Isaac: move stats from pirated version to legal, steam-bought version? How is it suddenly not a good idea to help a person move their progress from a ...