Games publisher Ubisoft has turned to the vuvuzela to prevent users from playing pirated copies of its Michael Jackson: The Experience game on the Nintendo DS.
Users attempting to play the pirated version of the game by downloading a ROM were greeted by the sound of a chorus of vuvuzelas, made famous by plaguing the playing fields of the recent FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Eurogamer reports.
The mechanism has made the game impossible to play as Michael Jackson songs are drowned by the buzz of a thousand vuvuzelas. In addition, the mechanism also causes the on-screen prompts to disappear.
No matter how unusual the prevention may be, it is certainly effective and possibly more irritating than the DRM tactics deployed by some publishers.
It is not yet known if other publishers will apply this particular tactic on their own games.
A Ubisoft spokesperson told Wired: “The development team worked this feature in as a creative way to discourage any tampering with the retail version of the game.”