When The Sims 4 was released in 2014, some people who eagerly snatched up a copy soon found themselves perplexed by an apparent bug: The entire game eventually became blurry and pixelated, with the effect beginning as a way to obscure nude Sims and blossoming out from there. Did a major error slip through EA’s playtesting?
Nope. Those blurry pixels are intentional—and they appear only if you’re using an illegitimate version of The Sims 4. Yes, EA was messing with game pirates.
This isn’t the first time a developer’s decided to get cute with its anti-piracy measures. In fact, some of the methods game makers have used over the years to thwart pirates have been downright insane. Here are some of the craziest, most hilarious examples.
This article originally published on Sept. 8, 2014, but was updated with additional games repeatedly since.