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10 Weird Ways Companies Tried To Keep Us From Stealing Their Products

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Media piracy has been a thing pretty much ever since movies and music were available to play in your house, and with the advent of things like internet downloads, even video games and comics have gotten in on the action. Of course, companies are less than pleased when people are blatantly stealing their products, so they sometimes came up with weird ways to try to get us to stop. Ways like:

1) VHS Tapes - FBI Warning

FBI

Because we all know the FBI has nothing better to do than find me for copying my rental tape of Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation.

2) Serious Sam 3 (PC) - Immortal Scorpion Monster

Pirated copies of Serious Sam 3 came with a bit of an added challenge; you would be constantly hunted by a scary-looking monster that you not only couldn't kill, but it would chase you through the whole game at top speed. Apparently revenge is a dish best served immediately.

3) MPAA - Stuntman Commercial

MPAA

Fun fact: was once in a theater with a friend who was known for downloading movies illegally, and they accidentally played this commercial, where a stuntman implores you not to steal movies, twice. We assumed it was because he was there.

4) The Secret of Monkey Island (PC) - Dial-A-Pirate

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A lot of older adventure games had physical components that you needed to use to authenticate the game, and the funniest was almost definitely Monkey Island's Dial-A-Pirate wheel.

The methods just get weirder from here...

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