Inside Move: Clothes call for game patchers

Tecmo goes to the net on 'Xtreme' hacking

In a case that brings new meaning to the term legal briefs, vidgame maker Tecmo is warning hackers to stop trying to strip the already scantily clad characters in its “Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball” title.

Hackers of Microsoft’s Xbox console have been developing software “patches” to the game that cover the teeny-weeny bikinis worn by female characters, making the voluptuous digital diggers appear nude onscreen.

Tecmo has only itself to blame for at least some of the bare-all brouhaha: The vidgame emphasizes skin by giving winning players access to increasingly skimpy swimsuits in which to clothe their characters.

But even the quest to win the game’s rare and minimalist “Venus” microsuit hasn’t kept hackers from working on oxymoronically named “nude patches,” much to Tecmo’s copyright-fueled consternation.

Rather than grin and bare it, Tecmo posted a warning in an online forum saying it would prosecute posters of copyright-infringing material, such as the nude patches, “to the fullest extent of the law.”

The company said it was already “tracking one suspect, anybody care to be the second?”

Tecmo’s game is just one of several volleyball titles emphasizing digital jiggle as much as spectacular spiking. Simon & Schuster Interactive releases the raunchier “Outlaw Volleyball” later this year. Sega’s more innocent “Beach Spikers” debuted last fall.

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