It was going to happen sooner or later… but inevitability does not confer propriety, gosh darn it! The App Store’s being looted by software pirates as we speak. Their weapon of choice is Crackulous, billed as “the ONLY application of its kind.” We’ll see how long that lasts.
Ars Technica has the full rundown on Crackulous, which is the baby of some script kiddie who calls him or herself “Salad Fork.” Basically, Crackulous shells the DRM off of legitimately purchased apps, enabling their free transfer among jailbroken iPhones outside of the App Store system.
The main repository for Crackulous-treated Apps is Appulous (slogan: “The solution to a flawed App Store”), which currently lists 15 pages of games, with sixty games to a page. In case you’re wondering what sorts of games are being purloined, highlights include X-Plane 9, Fieldrunners, and Snail Mail.
We have many things to say about this development, some of which are not printable. Suffice it to say that this is not “the solution to a flawed App Store”; in fact, nothing could be further from the truth, because every pirated game hits developers where it hurts and reduces their incentive to make new games. 1up.com’s Jeremy Parish points out that PC game piracy has driven developers into bankruptcy. Some even think that piracy may eventually kill PC gaming off entirely.
We don’t want to see that happen to the App Store. Please support iPhone developers by spending a measly couple of bucks per app, folks. Help keep the pirates on the margins.