Developers putting anti-piracy measures into their games isn't anything new. But sometimes a developer goes above and beyond DRM and SecuROM and does something that really spits in the face of pirates. Fittingly, the developers of Batman: Arkham Asylum have taken the latter route and put some sneaky copy-protection into the stellar crime fighting game.
A poster on the Eidos forums decided to report a bug in the game where Batman would, instead of gliding on his cape as the instructions said, fall to his death in the poison gas below. This would be a game-breaking glitch if Batman were not able to use one of his more basic moves in the game. But something was suspicious about his post. For example, the fact that he was reporting a bug in the PC version which doesn't release until September 15th. An Eidos admin stepped in to inform us on the real issue, and it's quite possibly the best company response I've ever seen.
The problem you have encountered is a hook in the copy protection, to catch out people who try and download cracked versions of the game for free.
It's not a bug in the game's code, it's a bug in your moral code.
Simply brilliant! I really wish more games took this route for copy-protection, where pirated copies activate code to make the game unplayable. DRM and limiting the number of installs for games usually inspires more piracy than it stops, but this method lets people who buy the game enjoy it as much as they want. And those who don't buy it and download illegal copies, they die in a pit of poison gas. If you were thinking of downloading an early illegal copy of Batman: Arkham Asylum, well, you're going to get what you deserve.
Besides, and this is just between you and me, but Batman: Arkham Asylum is one of the best games this year, and the developers at Rocksteady deserve to be rewarded with our wallets.