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Piracy was a huge issue during the era of the PlayStation 1, due to how easy it was to chip the console, and copy the contents of discs onto other discs. While some companies focused on making it harder to crack the game, for Spyro 3: Year of the dragon, the developers had a different solution.
The game itself was as simple for others to crack as it had always been, but if you were playing a cracked version yourself you would be welcomed by a specific message when leaving the first area of the game.
After this, the game will throw all kinds of annoyances at the player. The game will pause itself randomly, controls will not work as intended, and progress made on levels will randomly reset itself. However, the most brutal of these happens at the end of the game, as when the final boss is defeated, the player is sent back to the start area... With EVERYTHING erased
Does piracy still happen with games today, even in the digital era? Do you know of any cool anti-piracy measures?