So, as you may have heard, an exploit has allowed Russian hackers to gain early access to the yet-to-be-released Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon faux April Fools expansion via Ubisoft's uPlay service. Spreading across the internet, like the fire-tech the series is renowned for, are videos showcasing the game running a whole month before its intended release date.
Also doing the rounds on the tubes? Cracked versions of the game available for download via torrent.
Now that I've mentioned that, what - dear reader - are you going to do? Frankly I would not be surprised if you opened a new tab, browsed to your nearest torrent site and searched for the game. Why would I not be surprised? Because it's exactly what I did (no, I am not downloading it...)
This raised an interesting question for me. Is it wrong to report on this? If a game is leaked early (either via an internal fuck up or external hacking) should this be kept under wraps by the gaming press to protect the game or is it the right thing to highlight when breaches like this happen?
Personally, I think it's the right thing to openly report and talk about it. I would completely understand if a developer or publisher would want a story like this as far away from the internet as possible, but - to be honest - when something like this happens, there's little anyone can do to stop it reaching people. Within hours of the leak, the game had been downloaded, cracked and distributed illegally. Videos on YouTube sprang up showcasing the game's early sections. Discussions erupted on forums.
There's always a fine line when dealing with leaked information or content (such as Kotaku's expose of the Modern Warfare 3 leak) and it is difficult to know what should and shouldn't be reported. It's especially difficult when you know that such reporting could potentially lead to software being illegally obtained (I suspect at least one of the four people who read this may just do that). However, that being said, when a story like this breaks it needs to be reported. It will highlight to the developer and publisher that, frankly, their efforts to stop this kind of cock-up weren't good enough. They'll just have to grin and bear the torrenting of their game, because that cat's already out of the bag.