May 26, 2008

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Has Atari found the Holy Grail?

Has Atari found the Holy Grail?

In a conference at Wedbush Morgan Securities annual Management Access Conference in New York, Nolan Bushnell, Atari’s founder, has declared to have found the most perfect and impenetrable encryption for games and computer programs. Not only this, but he is positive that said encryption will not be crackable, and that piracy will finally be immensely hindered.

In his own words,

“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. […] 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.”

In other words, the Trusted Computer Module’s* difference from previous encryption chips is that besides of its easy creation and accessibility, it will form an algorithm so complex that the software coding will not be accessible in any possible way, thus preventing “pirates” from stealing the product and gaining illegal profit from it.

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Bushnell has clarified his intentions of mass producing the TPM and selling it to all those companies which desire to stop the black, illegal market from stealing their products. Many are already waiting for the final results from this beta encryption, expecting that if good results come out from the tests, the Holy Grail for software security encryption might have been finally found. “[…] games are so integrated with the code. The TPM will, in fact, absolutely stop piracy of gameplay,” said Atari’s founder.

Bushnell

Yet Nolan was very clear in that he won’t be able to stop movie and music piracy with his possibly miraculous creation. Quoting him, “if you can watch it and you can hear it, you can copy it.”

The shifting Atari company has changed from hand to hand since its creation, being right now a shared incorporation with 51% of its assets belonging to Infogamers Entertainment. On April 30 Atari, Inc., the remaining shared percentage of Atari, has shown intentions in finally selling their assets to Infogamers Entertaiment, ending Atari’s shifty history and making it a private company one and for all. This interesting economic move promises very important consequences, as the contracts that Atari, Inc. currently with gaming companies are at steak.

But with the creation and production of this new security stealth chip, Atari might have just found the right way to hold tightly together and maintain its prestigious place as one of the best gaming and software programming companies ever, honoring the glorious days of the Atari 2600, and a promising future to come.

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Source: http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/encryption-chip-will-end-piracy-open-markets-says-bushnell

* Yes, that is what TPM stands for. Not sure where the ‘P’ came from though. >.>

  1. Well that’s certainly interesting, albeit a bit of an oversight on the founder’s part. I highly doubt that this would fully stop video game piracy, but it really could put a severe hamper in the problem. One thing remains true though, nearly anything digital can be broken, if it was this easy the government would be sitting on their arse laughing at black hats.

    The fact of the matter being, this is good for the industry and for the moral consumers.

  2. True, obviously this is just senseless bragging.

    But we never know, it might work at a certain degree.

  3. Hackers will find a way around it, that’s whats so beautiful about computers, there is always a way around. Nothing Is Impossible!