This is a(nother) depressing read. Game developers create a game about game development (very meta) and then release a cracked version of the game in which you cannot win because of game piracy.
The result? over 90% of those playing the (8 dollar) game play the cracked version, and then hit the forums to complain about the piracy “feature” in the game.
When we released our very first game, Game Dev Tycoon (for Mac, Windows and Linux) yesterday, we did something unusual and as far as I know unique. We released a cracked version of the game ourselves, minutes after opening our Store.
I uploaded the torrent to the number one torrent sharing site, gave it a description imitating the scene and asked a few friends to help seed it.