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Software protection only work against people who pay for it.
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Legal vs illegal software. small rant.
show user profile  StevegeK
So... I bought F1 2011. Loved the previous game. But I couldn't run it since... I have no internet on the gamestation. It's temp down. OK it was on the package but with the cracked one you can play. So 1-0 in user-experience for the cracked one.

Have that fixed now, but atm I dont have time to play so I still haven't played it yet, while I bought it.

Then I bought myself a DJ-Set with a nice DJ table (Numark Omni Control) and it ROCKS!
Software with it: Traktor 3LE. Great piece of software but I can only run it in DEMO mode (30 min usage and then QUIT etc etc).


Whilest registering it says the serial has already been activated by some-one else. I bought this in STORE sealed and all so it's legit.

With a keygen you would have pressed generate again, end of problem. With the legal one you have to mail tech-support. So far no luck but hey it has only been an hour. I hope they respond within a week.

So getting software legal MIGHT bring along a worse user-experience... and from my point of view this is a really bad case. I'm sure the same goes for a LOT of other games and apps being more user friendly to people who downloaded the software.

How do you guys think about this?

Personally I think installing and using the software should ALWAYS be 100% hassle free. Then, having a legit version should give the user access to other stuff. Or something like that. Either way... I think this sucks.


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9/28/2011 9:58:00 PM (last edit: 9/28/2011 9:58:00 PM)
show user profile  BishBashRoss
From the FAQ

Don’t discuss warez.

Warez are any form of pirated/cracked software. Discussion of these and anything to do with these is not acceptable and this topic almost always leads to a fight and has no place here.


Have some of that. Got you on a technicality. What do I win?

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9/28/2011 10:05:14 PM (last edit: 9/28/2011 10:05:14 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
BishBashRoss is 100% correect.



Software protection (DRM) works against everybody. The producer, the consumer, and those who gain it by illegitimate means. Sadly, some DRM mechanisms are a complete pain in the arse, to the point where legitimate users will consider using unofficial patches.

I would contact the company who produce the software and explain your situation. I'm sure they will fix it for you.

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9/28/2011 10:11:42 PM (last edit: 9/28/2011 10:11:56 PM)
show user profile  StevegeK
Im talking about legal software and how measures against illegal software influence my user experience in a negative way.

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9/28/2011 10:26:34 PM (last edit: 9/28/2011 10:28:04 PM)
show user profile  BLoSk
It sucks, I can't understand how ppl accept the fact that you need internet to be able to play some games these days, besides of course multiplayer games lol.
And as at most it seems like it's only slightly delaying cracked releases (not that I know anything about that hehe, I would never download illegal software.. I swear! ;-D) I don't see how it really helps them that much.
Only thing I can think of is that most of the sales are maybe made in the first months maybe a year after the release so any delay with ppl trying to crack it would be good for them, but then still I don't think it justifies the annoying things it poses on its legal users.


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9/29/2011 12:29:05 AM (last edit: 9/29/2011 12:29:05 AM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
This is why I think Steam is (mostly) awesome. You can play the games offline. DRM is unobtrusive. You can always redownload your games, and keep them updated. You can play your games on any computer. Steam sales offer really good deals on loads of games. They have made it so that it's a better option than piracy. Cunning.

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9/29/2011 12:39:50 AM (last edit: 9/29/2011 12:39:50 AM)
show user profile  horizon
Funny you should say that, I have Cogs installed, a simple single player game I've got in the humble indie bundle I've bought. Have played it before.

Today, I start the game, steam loads, and says this:
This game is currently unavailable.
Please try again at another time.

It's a singleplayer game. It's installed locally. What's unavailable?
If I never registered it with steam, it would run fine.

So that's that :P

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9/29/2011 12:57:44 AM (last edit: 9/29/2011 12:58:19 AM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
sush before we all get sued by apple!

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9/29/2011 12:59:23 AM (last edit: 9/29/2011 12:59:23 AM)
show user profile  del3d
sush sue can we get some sushi?
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9/29/2011 1:36:29 AM (last edit: 9/29/2011 1:36:29 AM)
show user profile  Dave
It's definitely an interesting topic, not just for games but work-based softwares too like Max and Photoshop. In our office we'll see people come and go, PC's get formatted, software needs to be re-installed n'all that jazz. Licenses being on an old PC that need to be transferred to someone else etc etc. Obviously you can get floating licenses and even dongles that you just plug in when you want to run software (to ensure that no more than one is running at any point)... but it's all a mess, so many softwares, so many things to remember. I do find it strange that it's often the legitimate people who end up with the most amount of hassle... but hey, that's life I suppose. "Nice guys finish last" after all.

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9/29/2011 2:12:34 AM (last edit: 9/29/2011 2:12:34 AM)
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