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Ubisoft Cracks Own Game with Reloaded Fix


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Probably all PC users know what a No-CD crack is - that small file which allows you to play a game you bought without having the CD or DVD inserted in the drive. However, such files are considered illegal and game developers go as far as stating that they promote piracy. And we must admit that it is indeed true: the No-CD fixes are generally used for piracy purposes.

The funny story comes from Ubisoft and their Rainbow Six Vegas 2 game released via Direct2Drive - the 1.02 version of the game was having some problems with the install process, so the developers hurried to release another patch, version 1.03.

In order to solve all the problems, the company used a No-CD crack - and indeed things were solved, the game is running fine, end of story. Apparently. Somebody from FileForums (a user named Twingo, to be more specific) found out that Ubisoft were in such a hurry to solve the problem that they "borrowed" the crack from cracking group Reloaded (the proof can be seen in the picture in the upper left corner). Reloaded, on the other hand, is an independent group that offers pirated software to users all over the world, thus hampering sales of PC games (or, at least that's what game developers keep telling us).

This further means that, somehow, Ubisoft managed to break their own anti-piracy rules and, at the same time, commit piracy by stealing the crack (because, honestly, I doubt that the two groups worked together on this). A very, very funny situation which will probably be remembered for a long time by the gamers' community - and we must admit we're really curious to see how Reloaded will respond to the whole deal. Just imagine how hilarious the following headline would look in the newspapers: "Cracking group sues developers for stealing crack".

The funniest thing is that Ubisoft has not tried to deny the news. In the official forums, community manager Ubi.Vigil said, "The file was removed from the site over a week ago now and the matter is being thoroughly investigated by senior tech support managers here at Ubisoft. Needless to say we do not support or condone copy protection circumvention methods like this and this particular incident is in direct conflict with Ubisoft’s policies".

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Ubisoft-Cra...Fix-90318.shtml

Ted.

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lol

why didnt they use an unprotected exe in the first place ? instead of using the one from reloaded they could just have not gone through the process of wrapping SR around the exe...

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Vi2DoubleYu
This further means that, somehow, Ubisoft managed to break their own anti-piracy rules and, at the same time, commit piracy by stealing the crack (because, honestly, I doubt that the two groups worked together on this). A very, very funny situation which will probably be remembered for a long time by the gamers' community - and we must admit we're really curious to see how Reloaded will respond to the whole deal. Just imagine how hilarious the following headline would look in the newspapers: "Cracking group sues developers for stealing crack".

i like Ubisoft managed to break their own anti-piracy rules sentence.... :biggrin:

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****tards! and these are the people that got so many people busted in scene for ****in piracy while what they did is piracy aswell, stealing somebody else code. I dont think its fair letting them go, should be sued for billions! :D

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A good solution for their problem could be: firing their senior tech support managers, and make a offer to Reloaded crew to work for them... :turned:

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Teddy Rogers

Ubisoft should stop using protection on their releases. A lot of these game companies have been stating that piracy is killing the industry yet there are more games sales than ever before and higher turnover. Copy protection hasn't worked, all it has done is hamper legitimate purchasers...

Ted.

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Copy protection still works... somehow...

Here in Philippines piracy is everywhere but there are still people who don't know about the existence of cracks and patches..

but it would be sure fun if they sue each other...hehe :biggrin:

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