The Register has reported some cheeky pirate versions of City of the Daleks are appearing on P2P sharing sites outside of the UK.
The first episode of Doctor Who: The Adventure Games was released on Saturday 5h June and is available for free download to licence payers in the UK only. But unfortunately, as can happen, several downloads have appeared on file sharing sites that claim to let you access the game even if you live outside of Britain. Sunbelt Software security researcher Chris Boyd warned potential file sharers who were thinking of obtaining the game from an untrusted source:
“There are some things even the mighty sonic screwdriver canâ€™t fix, and your PC is probably one of them,”
Boyd has been analyzing the rogue files since their initial release and went on to comment:
“There are still a number of large files popping up on torrents and forums claiming to be versions of the game that can bypass the region protection – while the files examined so far don’t appear to be doing anything untoward, I have seen a couple of smaller sized files out there (2MB or less!) claiming to be Doctor Who games since the real thing was released…. as you’ve probably guessed, they’re not very friendly.”
If you do live anywhere but Britain and are thinking of downloading the game from a file sharing source then just donâ€™t. The game will be released for sale overseas soon and the best thing to do is be patient as it is worth the wait. Getting Malware, Spyware or even worse – a virus – will be the undoing of your PC and will result in you never getting to play City of the Daleks at all.
Have you downloaded the first Doctor Who: The Adventure Games? Read our review of City of the Daleks and make up your mind!