Atari Founder Nolan Bushnell Claims Game Piracy To End

June 7th, 2008 | Posted in Censorship, Encryption, freeware, Humor, Open source, Opinion, Programming, Security, Software, Technology | 4 Comments

Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari, is now claiming that TPM (Trusted Platform Module) chips that are installed on many new motherboards will make it impossible to pirate game software.

While it’s true that the TPM chips he’s talking about will present a seriously increased challenge, there’s no doubt at all in my mind that determined hackers, both the kind that live in condo hotels on profits from the sale of pirated games to the kind that just have to tackle the problem to prove that it’s not “Uncrackable” despite Bushnell’s claims.

People have made claims about this or that system being “Uncrackable” before and sooner or later somebody always comes along and proves that there is in fact a way to crack it.  A good example is the now infamous case of DeCSS, where the CSS encryption algorithm used to encrypt DVD movies was reverse engineered and the DeCSS descrambler Source Code has since been distributed in many forms and languages in a deliberate effort to foil those who would see that code squashed.  I think it’s probably the most widely distributed source code ever written.

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4 Responses to “Atari Founder Nolan Bushnell Claims Game Piracy To End”


  1. You don’t think the Linux source code is more widely distributed?

    Robert Peaslees last blog post..Why I Don’t Use Antivirus


  2. Linux source is indeed very widely distributed but I’ve never heard of it being published on coffee cups, t-shirts and several dozen other means as DeCSS was simply to spite those who tried to stop the publication of it.


  3. It will be a perpetual back and forth between the security developers and the crackers….. one will get the upper hand then the other will…. back and forth… it’s pretty excited… but as you said, it will be cracked.

    Titanic was unsinkable….

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  4. absolutely, no encryption is uncrackable.

    I like the Titanic reference, I remember the story about that… Arrogant designers claimed not even God could sink it.  No Wonder it went down on it’s maiden voyage.