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Yes, i have my reasons (explain) 17 70.83%
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Old 02-06-04, 11:06 AM   #13
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I have no issues whatsoever with using no-cd cracks for games I've bought. Some forms of copy protection can have a negative impact on game performance.

I wish more companies would follow Epic's lead, however. Release a game at first with copy protection, then later come out with a patch that removes it. They did it with UT and UT2003 and I don't think it's cost them a whole lot of sales.

Ditto. I no-cd crack my games immediately, unless they cause problems w/online play. As far as releasing patches that remove protection, Epic does it, so does id, but those are the only two that I can think of.
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Old 02-06-04, 12:22 PM   #14
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Yeah, I try to use no-cd/image mounting whenever I can. Recently my (legit) Broodwar disc has gotten very scratched, and can't read some of the music tracks. So I borrowed my friend's copy, made an image on my harddrive, and mounted it with Daemon tools. Now not only does the music play fine, but it starts up faster and you don't have the opening pause at the start of the match when it spins the cd.

Oh, and I agree, in a strange way pirating is like giving them free advertising. A few years ago a guy at my school who was into warez gave me a copy of Lightwave 3d. Of course, because of that I found my true calling (3d animation), but the funny thing is after using it for a year or so and once other kids became interested in it (with my teachers aware that it was illegal and unlisenced), my school legally bought a 5-pack educational lisence for it for $2500. Now if I HADN'T pirated the software, the developer wouldn't have made a dime, but because I pirated it and got other people interested in it, the developer made $2500. Strange world we live in, eh?

Not to mention after playing the Warez version of Imperium Galactica 2, I almost immediately bought the game because I was so impressed. Before I played the warez copy I had almost no intrest in it, but because I pirated it the company got another sale. Though ironicly the CD protection caused problems with my computer, so I needed to use the no-cd patch to play the real game.
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Old 02-06-04, 01:31 PM   #15
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Will you use a pirated copy even if you own the original
OK.... this makes no sense

but i would use pirated copy if game was a big dissapointment and offcourse i would not pay for original, exp DX:IW.
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Technically if you own the original copy of a game, making a 'backup' copy for your own use is not considered warez
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Ever since the massive CD swappage of Baldur's Gate I, I have had no qualms with using no-cd cracks or Alcohol 120% to make and mount images. I've got about 10-20 gigs of A120% images spanned across my drive and it's awesome, especially for BF1942 (that game has a CD checking fetish from hell that drives me nuts - Alcohol120% images make it go by much faster).

Also, using A120% images for re-installations rock as they're much faster than installing off a CD. I heard that in a RAID environment, game reinstalls using A120% images are waaaaaaaay faster than a single drive. Someone told me that, under a RAID environment, they can reinstall SOFII using images in under 2 minutes. Compare that with the 8-10 minutes using the ol' CD method ...
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Ever since the massive CD swappage of Baldur's Gate I, I have had no qualms with using no-cd cracks or Alcohol 120% to make and mount images. I've got about 10-20 gigs of A120% images spanned across my drive and it's awesome, especially for BF1942 (that game has a CD checking fetish from hell that drives me nuts - Alcohol120% images make it go by much faster).

Also, using A120% images for re-installations rock as they're much faster than installing off a CD. I heard that in a RAID environment, game reinstalls using A120% images are waaaaaaaay faster than a single drive. Someone told me that, under a RAID environment, they can reinstall SOFII using images in under 2 minutes. Compare that with the 8-10 minutes using the ol' CD method ...
I can vouch for those claims. It rules.
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Old 02-06-04, 07:06 PM   #19
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I have a legal version of Deus Ex and a pirated version, I use the pirated version because the legal one is made by a company that deals with "dead" games and offers them at a cheap price. Of course the retards know nothing about quality control and the games are always missing some critical file to work
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Old 02-06-04, 07:17 PM   #20
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i have retail and non-retail version of deus ex too...

love it when you lend a game to someone and they end up scratching the crap out of it
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