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Monday, May 26, 2008
 
Encryption Chip To End Game Piracy?
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 49 comments

A recent GamesIndustry.biz posting reveals some interesting comments from Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari. Speaking at Wedbush Morgan Securities' annual Management Access Conference, Bushnell discussed the use of a new encryption chip and its potential for eradicating computer game piracy.

"There is a stealth encryption chip called a TPM that is going on the motherboards of most of the computers that are coming out now," he pointed out

"What that says is that in the games business we will be able to encrypt with an absolutely verifiable private key in the encryption world - which is uncrackable by people on the internet and by giving away passwords - which will allow for a huge market to develop in some of the areas where piracy has been a real problem."

Bushnell thinks that piracy of movies and music, however, is probably unstoppable because "if you can watch it and you can hear it, you can copy it."

"Games are a different thing, because games are so integrated with the code. The TPM will, in fact, absolutely stop piracy of gameplay.
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